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Legal news from Sunday, March 4, 2007
20:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights [official website; JURIST news archive] said in a report [text] issued Sunday that so-called control orders [BBC backgrounder] issued by the government to limit the movement and conduct of uncharged terror suspects violate the European Convention on Human Rights [text] and [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] British EU Minister Geoff Hoon [official website] said Sunday that the term "constitution" may be to blame for the slow progress of an official set of EU operating rules. Speaking to ITV, Hoon said "It seems to me much better, instead of talking about details of alleged constitutions, that [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alemo [official website, in Italian] criticized the US Saturday for failing to claim responsibility for the March 2005 shooting of Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The minister's comments called for the US government's intervention in bringing the US soldier accused [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Netherlands Minister of Integration Ella Vogelaar [official profile] told Dutch radio Saturday that she has no plans to implement a ban on the public wearing of the full-length Muslim burqa [Wikipedia backgrounder; JURIST news archive] despite two parliamentary votes supporting the prohibition. She told Netherlands Radio 1 that a [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi special forces and coalition troops Sunday uncovered an Iraqi intelligence facility in Basra in southern Iraq apparently used to torture prisoners and produce bomb-making equipment. The government building, local headquarters of the Iraqi interior ministry's domestic intelligence agency, also housed 37 inmates. The troops arrested five suspects on [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Stanley S. Brotman ruled late last week that the US Virgin Islands has inadequate health care available for the territory's mentally ill prisoners awaiting trial. Brotman threatened to find the government in contempt [ACLU press release] if the conditions do not improve within two months. This [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official profile] Sunday signed into law [press release, in Russian] legislation that removes "reservations to some international treaties" made by the Soviet Union refusing to recognize the jurisdiction of the UN's International Court of Justice [official website]. When signing several international treaties concerning anti-terrorism in [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the Cherokee Nation [official website] voted Saturday to adopt an amendment [Cherokee backgrounder] to the tribe's constitution [PDF text], limiting membership in the Cherokee Nation and stripping approximately 2,800 descendants of former Cherokee slaves of tribal membership. Over 76 percent of voters backed the amendment [vote results], [read more]

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