Legal news from Saturday, May 20, 2006
18:05 EDT

[JURIST] In his weekly radio address [transcript; recorded audio] Saturday President Bush publicly pressed his case for immigration reform for the third time this week and urged the Senate to pass a comprehensive immigration bill by the end of May so that negotiations can begin with the House on a [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Committee against Torture [official website] has given Senegal 90 days to fulfill its obligations under the Convention Against Torture [text] to put former Chad President Hissene Habre [HRW backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on trial for torture crimes and rights offenses stemming from his 1982-90 rule in Chad [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith said Saturday that the British government will ask the European Court of Human Rights [official website] to review a long-standing ban against EU countries deporting individuals to countries where they would be at risk of torture or death, a practice known in international law [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Russia [JURIST report] Friday assumed the rotating chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers [official website] of the Council of Europe (COE) [official website; JURIST news archive], the assembly responsible for maintaining human rights and democracy in Europe. Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov [Wikipedia profile] outlined his country's [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers representing Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] evacuees filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court on Friday, seeking an injunction against the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) [official website] preventing the agency from ending housing benefits after the twelve-month housing vouchers issued by FEMA expire. The suit, filed by [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Committee against Torture [official website] report [JURIST document] released Friday on US compliance with the Convention Against Torture [text] urged the US to do more to protect domestic prisoners and suspects from violence and threats of violence, in addition to calling on it to close the Guantanamo [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] US District Court Judge Robin Cauthron Friday struck down [opinion, PDF] a two year-old amendment [text] to the Oklahoma Constitution [text] that prevented Oklahoma from recognizing adoptions by gay parents that were finalized in other US or foreign jurisdictions. Cauthron found that the amendment violates the Full Faith and [read more]

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