Legal news from Friday, October 20, 2006
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official profile; BBC profile] Friday decried any potential action by the UN Security Council to impose sanctions against Iran [JURIST news archive] for continuing to enrich uranium past a August 31 deadline imposed by Security Council Resolution 1696 [PDF text, JURIST report], saying such action [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Tunisian government [official website, in French] has launched a new campaign against the public wearing of hijabs [III&E backgrounder], the headscarves worn by many Muslim women in the predominantly Islamic state north African state. Police have begun stopping Muslim women wearing the hijab on the street, asking them [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht [official profile] won his appeal of an "admonishment" [JURIST report] he received in May for allegedly improperly using the power of his office to support the nomination of his friend, Harriet Miers [JURIST news archive], to the US Supreme Court. A three-judge panel [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for a Muslim teaching assistant suspended by a British school for refusing to remove her full-face veil (niqab; Wikipedia backgrounder) during class said Friday she planned to appeal [BBC recorded audio] a local tribunal's decision to the European Court of Justice [official website]. The Kirklees West Yorkshire [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The National Organization for Human Rights in Syria [JURIST report] announced Friday that the release of jailed Syrian writer and activist Michel Kilo [JURIST report; BBC report], who was set to be released on bail Thursday, has been delayed due to procedural holdups. Kilo was one of ten activists [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The government of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) [official website] is amending a civil unions law [legislative materials] that was overturned by the federal government earlier this year [JURIST report], ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell [official profile] said Friday. Corbell told an Australian Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) [official website] has urged the Seven Party Alliance Government and the Maoist faction in Nepal [JURIST news archive] to adhere to their commitments to protect human rights, saying in a statement Thursday that although there have [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] New York's Court of Appeals [official website], the state's highest court, handed down a 6-0 decision [PDF text] Thursday, banning Catholic Charities [organization website] and nine other social service organizations from refusing to provide birth control insurance coverage for their employees. The decision hinged on whether such organizations would [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Justice Department [official website] has issued a notice [PDF text] informing the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] that it no longer has jurisdiction over 196 habeas corpus cases brought by detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. The DOJ notice came one [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of State's top legal advisor asked Friday that the UK and other foreign governments to help repatriate detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] rather than calling for closure of the prison. In an interview [excerpt, recorded audio] with the BBC, John Bellinger [official profile] stated [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Turkish veterans association has announced that it will bring lawsuits before the European Court of Human Rights [official website] on behalf of 6,317 Turks allegedly killed in the southern province of Gaziantep [Wikipedia backgrounder] by French and Armenian troops when France occupied the territory during World War I. [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Australia's justice minister has denounced the five year detention without trial of Australian citizen David Hicks [JURIST news archive, AI archive] in Australia's boldest official statement in several months concerning the Guantanamo prisoner. In a speech in Perth to the International Criminal Lawyers' Conference, Christopher Ellison [official profile] said [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush has authorized the first changes to the US space policy in nearly 10 years by asserting authority to deny access to space to any adversary hostile to US interests. An unclassified version of the new US National Space Policy [text, PDF] is posted on [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Michael Dewayne Johnson, a death row inmate in Texas, committed suicide Thursday, 15-hours before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection [JURIST news archive]. Johnson was convicted of murdering a gas station attendant in 1995, but maintained that he was only a companion to the shooter. Johnson's companion [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [official profile] said Friday that she raised concerns over China's human rights records [transcript] during a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing [official profile] that focused on North Korea and Iran's nuclear activities [JURIST news archive]. Rice did not give specifics but [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Ricardo Urbina has ordered the Secret Service [official website] to release visitor logs for the personal residence and office of Vice-President Dick Cheney [JURIST news archive]. In his ruling Wednesday, Urbina gave the Bush Administration until next week to either release the records or provide a [read more]

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