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20:07 EDT

[JURIST] Making the first US appearance before the UN Human Rights Committee [committee materials] in more than a decade, American officials on Monday defended their position that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights [text] does not govern many aspects of the war on terror. In a media roundtable [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer [official website; BBC profile] has signed the controversial anti-terrorism bill which the country's parliament [official website] passed [JURIST report] on June 29, but says he will allow the country's constitutional court [official website] to delete several clauses without specifying which would be stricken. The [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] Monday approved a bill by voice vote that would make a 2000 treaty between the US and Russia [text] effective to protect the future of the world's polar bears (Ursus maritimus) [backgrounder; video]. The bill establishes quotas for allowable polar bear hunting [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Democratic Party officials in Missouri [JURIST news archive] filed a class-action lawsuit Monday seeking a permanent injunction against the enforcement of a new state law [SB 1014 summary; text] that requires voters to show photo identification at the polls [Missouri Dept. Revenue backgrounder]. The law, signed by Gov. Matt [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Chile [official website] has upheld a lower court's ruling stripping former dictator Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive] of immunity, allowing a homicide case against him to proceed. The court's public relations office announced Monday that the justices had voted to uphold the appellate court's decision [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] ICTY chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte [official profile] and EU diplomats have criticized a new Serbian plan to arrest war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic [ICTY case backgrounder; JURIST news archive] as too vague, although they acknowledged "positive elements." The six-point document [FT report], which Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] British Home Secretary John Reid [official profile; BBC profile] announced Monday that he is banning four groups under the UK Terrorism Act 2006 [PDF text; Home Office backgrounder]. The UK-based Al-Ghurabaa and the Saved Sect [advocacy websites], as well as the foreign groups Baluchistan Liberation Army [MIPT backgrounder] and [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero [BBC profile] is planning to introduce a new law that will clear victims' names and "correct" trial records in an effort to bring justice to victims of former Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco [Wikipedia profile]. Some 55,000 people were [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leaders of the US House of Representatives [official website] have decided to move forward with a vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment [PDF text; H.J. Res. 88 summary], which would amend the US constitution to ban same-sex marriage, despite a failed vote on the Senate floor [JURIST report] in [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] British officials from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) [official website] have decided not to prosecute [CPS press release] any individual police officers for the death of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot and killed by London police [JURIST report] last year after the July London bombings [JURIST [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] and three co-defendants have entered their tenth day of a hunger strike [JURIST report] protesting the lack of security for defense lawyers in their trial, US military spokesman Lt. Col. Keir-Kevin Curry said Monday. Hussein began the hunger strike in protest of trial court [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The United States will not help Germany investigate the alleged abduction of Khaled el-Masri [JURIST news archive], a Lebanese born German citizen who claims that the US Central Intelligence Agency [official website] seized him in Macedonia in 2003 in an instance of extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive], the German [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Israel is using "internationally prohibited weapons against civilians" in Lebanon as the country faces "real annihilation," according to a statement from Lebanon Information Minister Ghazi Aridi Sunday after an emergency cabinet meeting. Lebanese media reports state that Israel used phosphorus incendiary bombs and vacuum bombs [GlobalSecurity backgrounders] that suck [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Mexican leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish; Wikipedia profile], who lost the July 2 presidential election [JURIST report] by 0.6 percent of the vote to conservative Felipe Calderon [campaign website, in Spanish; Wikipedia profile], asked supporters Sunday to begin a campaign of "peaceful civil [read more]

05:07 EDT

[JURIST] Ek Choeun, also known as Ta Mok [Trial Watch profile] has slipped into a coma in a Phnom Penh hospital. His lawyer has told reporters he could die this week and is unlikely to survive until the Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal [official task force website; timeline] begins holding trials [read more]

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