Legal news from Sunday, August 26, 2007
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The New York-based Sikh Coalition [advocacy website] Saturday expressed concern [press release] at a new US Transportation and Security Administration [official website] policy that subjects Sikhs to heightened screening procedures at US airports, including mandatory turban pat downs. On Friday TSA officials told the Coalition that in a Guidance [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has dismissed Law and Justice Minister Wasi Zafar [official profile] and moved him to another cabinet portfolio in the wake of the reinstatement of suspended Pakistan Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive]. State television announced the move Saturday. Chaudhry's [read more]

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[JURIST] Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa [official website, in Spanish; JURIST news archive] said in a radio address Saturday that he expected lawmakers in the country's congress to reject a request from Ecuador's Supreme Court to lift his immunity so that a defamation case against him could proceed. Correa said "I [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese draft law on criminal suspects' rights to meet with defense lawyers after questioning has been broadened to include cases involving state secrets, according to Chinese state media. A set of reforms to China's Law on Lawyers [text, PDF] was initially presented [JURIST report] to Chinese legislators in [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] Saturday urged [press release] the interim government of Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] to respect international human rights standards as it enforces a curfew and seeks to police demonstrations. The government imposed the curfew [JURIST report] Wednesday after three days of student protests resulted [read more]

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