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Legal news from Sunday, August 26, 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts

The New York-based Sikh Coalition Saturday expressed concern at a new US Transportation and Security Administration 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 memo issued to 43,000 TSA screeners nationwide that it had …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has dismissed Law and Justice Minister Wasi Zafar and moved him to another cabinet portfolio in the wake of the reinstatement of suspended Pakistan Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry. State television announced the move Saturday. Chaudhry's July reinstatement by order of the Supreme Court …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa 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 have faith that the lawmakers will act in accordance with …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

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 was initially presented to Chinese legislators in June, but at that time it included a provision that …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Human Rights Watch (HRW) Saturday urged the interim government of Bangladesh to respect international human rights standards as it enforces a curfew and seeks to police demonstrations. The government imposed the curfew Wednesday after three days of student protests resulted in hundreds of injuries and one death. Protesters called for …

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