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Legal news from Saturday, January 19, 2008
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Foreign Minster Maxime Bernier [official profile] said Saturday that the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade will remove the US from an internal document that lists countries that employ interrogation methods that amount to torture [JURIST report] and where prisoners risk being tortured. The document was [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories John Dugard [academic profile] said Friday that Israel's recent attack on a Hamas government office in Gaza which injured around 50 civilians and the killings of some 40 Palestinians in the past week should be considered war crimes [statement], [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Belarus court on Friday sentenced a former newspaper editor to three years in prison for reprinting cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive]. Alexander Sdvizhkov was the deputy editor of Zhoda, a small Belarus newspaper, when in February 2006 it republished the cartoons that had originally appeared [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive] on Friday argued that he was a child soldier when he was captured in Afghanistan and that the US military commission responsible for trying him lacks jurisdiction over the case. In the motion, filed with US military judge Col. [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Libya's plan to begin the mass expulsion of illegal foreign residents violates international human rights law [press release], Amnesty International said Friday, noting that "collective expulsions are inherently arbitrary and those seeking refuge from persecution risk being sent back to face torture and other serious human rights violations in [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge [official profile] told the Associated Press Friday that he has "no doubt" that the controversial interrogation technique waterboarding [JURIST news archive] should be considered torture. Ridge noted that he didn't have specific information about interrogation techniques used by intelligence agents while he served [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese company Zhongyi Electronic [corporate website] sued Microsoft [corporate website; JURIST news archive] Friday in Beijing No.1 Intermediate People's Court claiming that Microsoft has been using a technology that converts Roman characters to Chinese characters without paying Zhongyi a license fee for the program. Microsoft has denied the allegations, [read more]

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