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Legal news from Saturday, October 14, 2006

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] Saturday voted to impose sanctions [UN news report; recorded video] on North Korea (DPRK) [JURIST news archive] in response to the country's reported underground nuclear test [JURIST report] on October 9. The resolution [text and explanatory statements] passed unanimously in a 15-0 vote … [read more]

[JURIST] French state rail network SNCF [official website] announced Friday that since June 2006 it has received about 1200 claims [JURIST report] related to its role in helping the Nazis [JURIST news archive] to transport people, mostly Jews, to concentration and death camps during Germany's occupation of France in World … [read more]

[JURIST] Switzerland's top Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner [official website] Hanspeter Thür said Friday that Swiss banks violated national secrecy laws when they failed to inform customers using the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) [official website] international banking cooperative service that their personal data could be disclosed … [read more]

[JURIST] Members of the Australian Lawyers Alliance [official website] have voted unanimously to condemn the Australian government's handling of the case of Australian national David Hicks [JURIST news archive], held by American authorities at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] after being captured in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive] in 2001. Hicks … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Union (EU) [official website] Friday condemned passage of a French bill [text, in French] making it a crime punishable by imprisonment to deny that the mass killing of Armenians in Turkey [ANI backgrounder] during World War I was genocide. The bill passed France’s lower house [JURIST report] … [read more]

[JURIST] A Russian court has shut down the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society (ORCD) [advocacy website], a Chechen human rights group that has been exposing abuses against civilians in Chechnya and providing assistance to victims of violence. The decision follows the February conviction of group co-founder Stanislav Dmitriyevsky [JURIST report], who was … [read more]

[JURIST] President George W. Bush signed two bills into law Friday separately imposing sanctions on North Korea and Sudan in light of the former's nuclear test [JURIST report] earlier this week and reports of continued atrocities in Sudan's Darfur region [JURIST news archive]. The North Korea Nonproliferation Act of 2006 … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge in Florida refused Friday to block the sale of the controversial video game Bully [game website], ruling that it does not qualify as a "public nuisance" under state law. The suit, brought by long-time video games foe Jack Thompson [Wikipedia profile], named Wal-Mart andGamestop, two video game … [read more]

[JURIST] Peruvian rebel leader Abimael Guzman [MIPT profile] was found guilty of aggravated terrorism Friday and sentenced to life in prison by a Peruvian civil tribunal in Callao. Guzman founded the Shining Path [BBC backgrounder] guerilla movement in 1980 and was blamed for tens of thousands of deaths over the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed suit against the city of Philadelphia Friday for violating the rights of its Spanish-speaking voters in breach of the Voting Rights Act [text; DOJ backgrounder] of 1965. The complaint was filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District … [read more]

[JURIST] A Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas [official website] jury issued a $78.47 million verdict against retailer Wal-Mart [corporate website; JURIST news archive] Friday, awarding damages to plaintiffs on behalf of current and former Pennsylvania employees for work during rest breaks and off-the-clock labor. Wal-Mart prevailed on a third count … [read more]

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