Legal news from Wednesday, April 11, 2007
20:04 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] Wednesday criticized Egypt for systematic human rights abuses of detainees in its police stations, military camps, and centers run by State Security Investigations (SSI). In a new report [text] the international human rights organization said:Around 18,000 administrative detainees – people held without charge or trial [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko [official website; BBC profile; JURIST news archive] announced Wednesday that he would freeze his controversial April 2 decree [transcript of televised statement; decree text] ordering the dissoluton of parliament and new elections on May 27 in an attempt to end a constitutional confrontation with Prime [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Wednesday approved the Stem Cell Enhancement Act of 2007 [S.5 materials] by a margin of 63-34 [roll call], despite a Tuesday warning from President Bush that he would veto the bill [PDF policy statement; JURIST report]. The House of Representatives is expected to adopt the Senate [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] The office of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official website; BBC profile] on Wednesday expressed disappointment over the long list of Palestinian prisoners [JURIST report] that Palestinian militants have demanded be freed in exchange for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit [Times backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Olmert and [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] authorities announced Wednesday that opposition leader and former prime minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed [Wikipedia profile] has been charged with four counts of murder arising from the deaths of four protesters during political turmoil in October. In all, 46 people were charged following a murder investigation [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora [BBC profile] Wednesday sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asking the UN to establish a tribunal [JURIST news archive] to investigate the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri [JURIST news archive]. The anti-Syrian majority in the Lebanon parliament sent the UN [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] A US military Special Operations Command [official website] company will be investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) [official website] for using "excessive force" during a March 4 incident [US Central Command press release] in Afghanistan, an anonymous defense official told AP Wednesday. A US military commander referred [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Cuban President Fidel Castro [official profile] issued a statement [text] Tuesday condemning a US district court ruling freeing an anti-Castro militant on bail [JURIST report] prior to his May 11 trial on charges that he lied in his attempt to become a US citizen. Luis Posada Carriles [Wikipedia profile; [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] John M. "Mike" McConnell [official profile], who succeeded John Negroponte as US Director of National Intelligence in February, is reportedly circulating proposed amendments to the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [text] to respond to FISA's perceived inflexibility and inability to respond to the threat of terrorism. The proposed [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Six Egyptian human rights organizations issued a report Tuesday alleging that only five percent of Egyptian citizens participated in last month's constitutional referendum [JURIST report], far lower than the 27 percent voting rate announced by Egyptian Justice Minister Mamdouh Marei, and that the vote was marred by fraud. Seventy-six [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Claims of clergy sex abuse [JURIST news archive] levied against the US Roman Catholic Church decreased for the second year in a row and recent cases involving claimants under age 18 have dropped significantly, according to an annual report [PDF text; press release] released Wednesday by the US Conference [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Washington State House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday approved a domestic partnership bill (SB 5336) [PDF text; bill summary] by a vote of 63-35 that grants same-sex couples hospital visitation rights, inheritance rights when there is no will, and the power to authorize medical procedures, such as [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed off on legislation [SB 634 materials] Tuesday that will award Maryland's ten votes in the US Electoral College [NARA materials] to the national popular vote winner in presidential elections, instead of the recipient of the most votes in Maryland. The legislation will only take [read more]

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