Legal news from Tuesday, November 13, 2007
19:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] has admitted that it has several recorded interrogations of suspected "enemy combatants," contrary to previous assertions. According to a letter [PDF text] released Tuesday, the agency mistakenly denied in court declarations that it possessed one audio and two video tapes during [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] Canada's ruling Conservative Party [party website] government Tuesday reintroduced two Senate [official website] reform bills that would abolish government-appointed senators and limit the number of terms a senator could serve. The first bill [C-56 text] would allow each province to vote to fill vacancies in the Senate. The federal [read more]

18:11 EDT

[JURIST] Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick [official profile] on Tuesday signed a bill [press release] which mandates that abortion clinic protesters stand no closer than 35 feet from entrances of reproductive health care facilities. The new law [SB 1353 text], now one of the nation's strictest on clinic protesters, amends Massachusetts' [read more]

18:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told the UN Security Council that he is nominating Serge Brammertz to replace Carla Del Ponte [official profiles] as the next chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website]. Brammertz is currently serving as the head of a [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] A week-long meeting of parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) [PDF text] concluded Tuesday without delegates reaching an agreement on a legally binding ban on cluster munitions [FAS backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Representatives from 102 nations did agree to negotiate a new pact regarding "the humanitarian [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Army [official website] has issued a statement to top personnel reiterating the Army's ban on waterboarding [JURIST news archive] as an interrogation technique, AP reported Tuesday. The Army officially banned the use of waterboarding in September 2006 with the release of the interrogation guide Field Manual 2-22.3 [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] A US Marine declined to enter a plea at his Tuesday arraignment [USMC press release] on charges stemming from the killings of 24 Iraqi citizens in Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] in November 2005. Lance Cpl. Stephen B. Tatum [advocacy profile] faces a maximum of 19 years in [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] has nominated former Canadian Deputy Attorney General Daniel Bellemare [Ya Libnan profile] to serve as the commissioner of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) [authorizing resolution; UN materials], a UN spokesperson said Tuesday. If approved, Bellemare will head the UN investigation into [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Officials in Myanmar [JURIST news archive] arrested prominent labor rights activist Suu Suu Nway [AHRC materials] Tuesday, according to a representative for the National League for Democracy-Liberated Area Myanmar in Thailand. An official speaking on condition of anonymity told AP that Nway was detained Tuesday when she attempted to [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Yahoo! Inc. [corporate website] agreed Tuesday to settle a lawsuit [case materials; JURIST report] filed in US federal court alleging that the Internet giant aided and abetted human rights violations committed by the Chinese government by providing Chinese officials with information, including e-mail records and user ID numbers, that [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday granted certiorari in Richlin Security Service v. Chertoff (06-1717) [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case where the Court will consider whether paralegal services can be recovered at the market rate when determining the payment of attorneys' fees. The [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Representatives of 26 members of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) [official website] met Tuesday in Maldives to work on a draft resolution on climate change to be presented at the 2007 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change conference (UNFCCC) [official website] in December. AOSIS, a coalition of [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Malaysian government is drafting legislation that will make it more difficult to hire foreign workers in an effort to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the country, according to Tuesday media reports. Deputy Home Affairs Minister Datuk Tan Chai Ho [official website] told the Star that the [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Japanese House of Representatives [official website] passed a controversial bill Tuesday re-authorizing Japan's support for US anti-terror operations in the Indian Ocean, setting the course for Japanese ships to resume refueling for US vessels involved in anti-terrorism or anti-smuggling operations. The bill [JURIST report], which bars the refueling [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Two more leaders of the Pakistani bar have been arrested in Sindh province, according to a Human Rights Commission of Pakistan statement [text] Tuesday. Former Sindh high court bar association presidents Akhter Hussain and Abdul Hafeez Lakho were taken into custody and ordered to be detained for 90 days [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Ministry of Health of the People's Republic of China [official website, in Chinese] said Monday that the government is working toward relaxing its strict policy [press release, in Chinese] of denying all HIV-positive aliens entry to the country. A ministry spokesperson said that the policy was initially put [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Emergency Pakistani Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar administered oaths of office under Pakistan's Provisional Constitution Order [text] to two more high court judges Tuesday. The addition of Justice Mohammad Akhtar Shabbir [official profile] and Justice Zia Perwez to the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] brings the reconstituted court's [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Opposition lawmakers in the Philippines House of Representatives [official website] filed a petition Monday calling for the impeachment of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [BBC profile] for alleged bribery, graft, corruption, and human rights abuses. The impeachment complaint, which must be approved by the House of Representatives before the [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) [official website], led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is exposing terrorism detainees to risks of torture by transferring NATO-held detainees into custody of Afghanistan authorities, Amnesty International [advocacy website] said in a report [text; press release] Monday. Amnesty's report focuses on [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] announced formal charges [press release] Tuesday against former Cambodian Foreign Minister Ieng Sary and his wife Ieng Thirith, who served as minister for social affairs. The two were arrested [PDF press release; JURIST report] Monday [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani riot police blocked former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [personal website] from leading a planned 160-mile march from Lahore to Islamabad Tuesday protesting President Pervez Musharraf's imposition of emergency rule [PDF text; JURIST news archive]. Bhutto was placed under house arrest for seven days early Tuesday when riot [read more]

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