Legal news from Tuesday, September 25, 2007
18:09 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] in federal court Tuesday against the US Department of State and the US Department of Homeland Security [official websites], alleging that the US government is illegally preventing South African scholar and professor Adam Habib [academic profile] [read more]

18:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Getty Museum [official website] Tuesday signed [press release] a formal agreement with the Italian Ministry of Culture Heritage and Activities [official website] to return 40 allegedly looted Italian artifacts [list of objects, PDF] to Italy over the next several months. In exchange, Italian officials agreed to drop a [read more]

18:09 EDT

[JURIST] The military government of Myanmar [JURIST news archive] Tuesday banned public gatherings of more than five people and imposed a curfew in response to anti-government protests [BBC Q&A]. These measures come the day after the government threatened [JURIST report] to punish the demonstration leaders. The protests are being led [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Pentagon Tuesday declared its intention to "expeditiously" move forward with the trial of Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive], following a Monday decision [PDF text] from the Court of Military Commissions Review (USCMCR) [DOD materials] granting jurisdiction to military trial judges to hear the case. In [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush [JURIST news archive] Tuesday addressed the UN General Assembly [official website] and called on fellow member states to abide by the dictates of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights [text] by opposing dictatorships and aiding countries seeking to establish democracies. In his speech [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Attorney's Office for the Central District of Illinois [official website] Monday filed a federal lawsuit [press release] against state of Illinois [JURIST news archive] in an effort to invalidate a state law that wold prevent employers from using the voluntary E-Verify [DHS backgrounder] program maintained by the [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday granted certiorari [orders list, PDF] in 17 cases for the October Term 2007, among them notable cases dealing with lethal injection, voter ID laws and subsequently seized evidence. In Baze v. Rees (07-5439) [docket; cert. petition], the Court [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Iranian government ended the four-month detention of Iranian-American peace activist Ali Shakeri [advocacy website] Monday, releasing him on bail in the amount of 1 million rials (approximately USD$110,000). Shakeri, a founding member of the University of California, Irvine, Center for Citizen Peacebuilding [advocacy website], is the fourth dual [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Hungarian officials announced Monday that the government has begun granting entrepreneur licenses to sex industry workers, despite critics' claims that the licensing scheme encourages human trafficking and violates Hungary's obligations under the 1950 UN Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Israel [official website] Monday ordered the Jewish National Fund (JNF) [fund website; Wikipedia backgrounder] to end its discriminatory policy of selling land only to Jews, ruling that the JNF's mandate to provide land for Jewish resettlement cannot deny equal rights to non-Jewish Israelis. The high [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Peruvian President Alan Garcia pledged on Monday to act with fairness during the trial of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori [personal website; JURIST news archive], who was extradited from Chile last week after a Supreme Court of Chile ruling [JURIST report] that he should be transferred to Peru to [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Interior Ministry is proposing draft legislation to be submitted to the Iraqi parliament that places private security contractors under Iraqi legal jurisdiction, a ministry spokesperson said Tuesday. The legislation, drafted in response to the domestic outrage at a September 16 incident in which Blackwater USA [corporate website] [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration expressed concern Monday about recent "setbacks on press freedom and civil society" in Egypt. Commenting on a recent Egyptian government order mandating the closure of the Association for Human Rights Legal Aid [advocacy website], White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said [text]:These latest decisions appear to [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Thai Supreme Court for Political Appointees suspended proceedings Tuesday against former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] until he and his wife, Pojamarn, are arrested and brought into court for proceedings. Thaksin has been living in the United Kingdom since the bloodless military coup [read more]

06:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled Monday that foreign prisoners do not have a cause of action under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations [PDF text] if police do not inform the inmate of their right under the treaty to call the inmate's [read more]

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