Legal news from Thursday, September 13, 2007
18:09 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official website] Thursday called on [press release] state members of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website; JURIST news archive] to open their records and allow the Council to adhere to its mandate to serve as an effective watchdog. The [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly Thursday adopted [press release] the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [text], a non-binding treaty outlining the global human rights [JURIST news archive] of approximately 370 million indigenous people and bans discrimination against them. The General Assembly [official website] passed the measure with the [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian chief electoral officer Marc Mayrand [official profile] Thursday resisted calls by Canadian lawmakers to invoke his discretionary powers, reserved for exceptional circumstances, to require women to remove traditional Muslim niqabs or burqas [JURIST news archives] when they vote in by-elections in the province of Quebec on Monday. Mayrand [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense released censored audio recordings [MP3 file] of the March 9 Combatant Status Review Tribunal (CSRT) [DOD backgrounder] hearing of accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile] Thursday after months of controversy. The recording eliminated 10 of about 40 minutes of Mohammed's testimony [transcript, [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyan lawmakers have approved a bill limiting the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) [official website] to investigating crimes committed after 2003. The amendment, deleting portions of the 2003 Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act [text], will make it impossible for the commission to continue investigations into some of the country's most [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian court Thursday upheld a ruling that a new investigation into former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] and his partner Platon Lebedev [advocacy website] was illegal. The Moscow City Court supported Moscow's Basmanny Court ban on an investigation in Chita into new charges [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Authorities in the United Kingdom are endangering the privacy of law-abiding Britons by increasingly using mass surveillance to profile people rather than targeting individual criminal suspects using intelligence-led policing, UK rights group Liberty [advocacy website] concluded in a report [press release] published Thursday. Liberty warned that data-mining in the [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] concluded in a report [text] released [press release] Thursday that is unclear whether sex offender laws "do more harm or good," noting that they prevent further harm to children but that they also encourage the harassment and ostracism of sex offenders. The report criticized [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) [official website] told reporters Wednesday he would lead opposition to the nomination of former US Solicitor General Theodore Olson [firm profile; DOJ profile] to the post of US attorney general. Olson was mentioned as a potential candidate [JURIST report] on a short [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Negotiations have collapsed in Iraq over a controversial oil bill [JURIST news archive] that would govern the distribution and refinement process and give the national government control over oil revenue, the New York Times reported Thursday. The bill, which the Iraqi cabinet approved [JURIST report] in February, is now [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Serbia will increase efforts to locate and arrest several war criminals to curry a favorable report from Carla Del Ponte, chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] when she advises EU officials on pending pre-membership deal with the country, a Serb liaison [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal law allowing prison officials to indefinitely commit sex offenders to a mental hospital following their prison term is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, effectively freeing five convicted sex offenders pending the government's filing of a motion to stay the order. Senior US District Court Judge Earl [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] A former US Marine sergeant pleaded not guilty in a California federal court Wednesday to two counts of voluntary manslaughter for killing two Iraqi insurgents during the Multinational National Force-Iraq's November 2004 offensive [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] in Fallujah [Wikipedia backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The criminal complaint [PDF text] against Jose [read more]

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