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Legal news from Saturday, February 3, 2007
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] The head of the UN Mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) [official website] expressed concern Saturday about increased human rights violations by security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo [JURIST news archive], particularly those in the remote eastern portions of the country. MONUC Chief of [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush signed a bill [text; summary] Friday to help monitor US congressional pages [program backgrounder, PDF] by expanding the supervisory House Page Board to include a former page and a current or former page's parent. Reps. Dale Kildee, (D-MI), the new board chairman, and Shelley [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The governor of Texas [JURIST news archive] signed an executive order Friday making that state the first to require that girls be vaccinated for human papilloma virus (HPV) [US CDC fact sheet], which is the primary cause of cervical cancer. Gov. Rick Perry's order [text], which directs the state [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Working Group of Experts on People of Africa Descent [official website] Friday called for a global ban on racial profiling [JURIST news archive] at the conclusion of its annual 5-day session [background materials]. The group urged "states to clearly define and adopt explicit legislative provisions banning racial [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Lt. Col. Colby Vokey, the US Marine defense coordinator for the western US, told the Associated Press Friday that his paralegal, Sgt. Heather Cerveny, has been accused of having made a false statement by Army Col. Richard Basset. Bassett was ordered to investigate alleged abuses of detainees [JURIST report] [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland [official website, in German] ruled Friday that people with serious mental illnesses may be permitted to commit physician-assisted suicide under certain conditions. The decision recognized "that an incurable, permanent, serious mental disorder can cause similar suffering as a physical [disorder]" and extended Switzerland's [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US military announced Friday it has drafted new charges against three high-profile Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees. Col. Morris Davis (USAF) [official profile, PDF], chief prosecutor for the Department of Defense Office of Military Commissions, said that the new charges against Australian David Hicks [JURIST news archive; [read more]

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