Legal news from Thursday, June 21, 2007
20:06 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment text] Thursday that Russian authorities were responsible for the deaths of four members of a Chechen family. The court ordered Russia to pay $114,000 to the family of Zura Sharaniyevna Bitiyeva, who was a political figurehead and anti-war [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] Thursday passed a measure by 223-201 that would reverse a ban on contraceptive aid to overseas agencies that offer abortions. The measure, introduced by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) [official website], is attached to bill HR 2764 [PDF text], appropriating $34.2 billion for [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraq Central Criminal Court [Wikipedia backgrounder] handed down 16 death sentences Thursday, the latest such sentences in a country with the fourth highest execution rate in the world [JURIST report]. Two of those sentenced were non-Iraqi Arabs arrested earlier this year for entering the country illegally and for [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Attorney General John Ashcroft [official profile] said Thursday at a closed-door hearing held by the US House Intelligence Committee [official website] that there had been divisions between members of the Bush administration as to whether the president's warrantless wiretapping program [JURIST news archive] was legal. The House [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] UK Minister of State for Security, Counter Terrorism, and Police Tom McNulty [official profile] told Parliament Thursday that an Iraqi suspect subjected to a UK government control order [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] is believed to have absconded [statement] Monday evening, making him the seventh UK terror suspect to [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency [official website] proposed tougher standards for US air quality Thursday, recommending reducing the amount of ground-level ozone [press release; advisory committee report, PDF] from 0.08 parts per million (ppm) to between 0.07 and 0.075 ppm. The EPA is also seeking comments about the possibility [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Ugandan Minister of Internal Affairs Ruhakana Ruganda told IRIN News Thursday that Uganda intends to "engage" the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST news archive] in an effort to obtain review of charges against leaders of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [MIPT backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Ruganda said [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun [BBC profile] filed a petition at the Constitutional Court of South Korea [official website, in Korean] Thursday, challenging a ruling by the National Election Commission [official website, in Korean] that Roh violated election neutrality laws for the second time in a month by repeating [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official website] said in an interview with Sky News Thursday that his government will not commit to making changes [transcript] called for in an official report on eliminating discrimination against same-sex couples [JURIST news archive]. The Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission [official [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] Wednesday called for Iran to stop using the death penalty for juveniles [press release] convicted of serious crimes. HRW said that Iran has executed offenders who committed crimes when they were as young as 15. With at least 17 juvenile offenders executed since [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US, France, and the UK circulated a draft UN Security Council resolution Wednesday seeking to postpone plans for Kosovo's independence for 120 days to facilitate further discussions with Serbia and Russia, which oppose independence. Kosovar Prime Minister Agim Ceku [official website] nonetheless urged the international community to quickly [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid M. Kasuri [official profile] has said that President Pervez Musharraf will not resort to martial law in the midst of continuing anti-government agitation by lawyers and opposition groups because it is "unconstitutional." In an interview [transcript; recorded audio] with PBS Tuesday, Kasuri reiterated Musharraf's pledge [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court handed down decisions in three cases Thursday, including Rita v. United States [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report], where the Court held that a prison sentence falling within the federal sentencing guidelines may be presumed to be a reasonable sentence on appeal, but the presumption [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Thai prosecutors formally filed corruption charges against former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his wife Pojamarn at the Supreme Court of Justice Thursday, charging the exiled Thaksin with abuse of power for personal gain, conflict of interest violations, and also dereliction of duty [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Assembly of Tajikistan [official website] voted unanimously Wednesday to approve an amnesty proposed by President Emomali Rahmon [official website, in Tajikistani], paving the way for Rahmon to reduce the sentences of hundreds of Islamic militants imprisoned for fighting against the government during the 1992-1997 Tajikistani Civil War [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff [official profile] has criticized a bipartisan amendment to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 [S 1348 summary; JURIST report] that seeks to loosen the worker verification program by requiring employers to verify only the immigration status of new job applicants. In a [read more]

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