Legal news from Thursday, January 3, 2008

[JURIST] The US has rejected a Japanese request that any fuel provided to US ships as part of Japan's refueling mission in the Indian Ocean not be used henceforth for military or humanitarian relief operations in Afghanistan, sources told Kyodo News Thursday. The US has said that recent amendments to … [read more]

[JURIST] China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) [official website] Thursday announced plans to phase out gunshot executions of condemned prisoners and instead switch to lethal injections [JURIST news archive]. Court vice-president Jiang Xingchang [official profile] said that lethal injection was a more humane execution method already used by half of China's … [read more]

[JURIST] A new labor law that requires all Chinese workers to have written employment contracts went into effect on January 1 in China [JURIST news archive], Bloomberg reported Wednesday. The Contract Labor Law [MinterEllison backgrounder] also gives Chinese workers the right to severance pay upon termination, sets a minimum wage, … [read more]

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] has ruled that human rights organizations possess the same right to protect sources when reporting on human rights abuses as traditional journalists. Magistrate Viktor Pohorelsky [official profile] found on Tuesday that Amnesty International [advocacy website] was … [read more]

[JURIST] China [JURIST news archive] is imposing new controls on online videos, according to Chinese government websites Thursday. Under new regulations, videos will henceforward have to be posted on the websites of state-controlled companies. Websites will also be banned from providing videos that reveal state secrets, encourage social upheaval, or … [read more]

[JURIST] An Indonesian court ruled Thursday that the trial of the head of Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive] can proceed. A defense lawyer for Abu Dujana [BBC profile] moved to dismiss the trial, arguing that the South Jakarta court had no jurisdiction over his … [read more]

[JURIST] US District Judge Laura Swain Wednesday dismissed Spanish damage claims against the American Bureau of Shipping [official website] (ABS), a non-profit organization that inspects and certifies ships, in connection with a major 2002 oil spill. Spain had filed suit in the Southern District of New York [official website] against … [read more]

[JURIST] Kenyan Attorney General Amos Wako [official profile] called Thursday for an independent investigation of the disputed reelection of President Mwai Kibaki [official profile] amid continued violent protests. In a public statement [text] carried in the Nairobi Daily Nation newspaper, he warned that Kenya “is quickly degenerating into a catastrophe … [read more]

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