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18:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday granted [PDF text] a request [JURIST report] filed by former USA Today reporter Toni Locy [profile] to block a daily contempt of court fine while Locy appeals the district court decision to impose sanctions against her [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leaders of Uganda's rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [MIPT backgrounder; JURIST news archive] will stand trial in Uganda rather than at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] at The Hague, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni told AP Tuesday. Museveni said that the Ugandan government and LRA had reached a [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US State Department Tuesday heavily criticized the right records of North Korea, Iran, Myanmar, Syria, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Eritrea and Sudan Tuesday in its annual report on worldwide human rights observance. In the introduction [text] to the its 2007 Reports on Human Rights Practices [index], the Department [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Belgian government commission on restitution for Holocaust victims issued its final report [PDF text, in French] Tuesday, finding that Holocaust survivors, victims' families and the general Jewish community should receive $170 million to compensate for the money and goods they lost during World War II. The Belgian government [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Kansas Supreme Court ruled [text] Tuesday that the state's anti-funeral picketing law [PDF text; supplemental note, PDF] is unconstitutional, finding that it violates the separation of powers doctrine implied by the Kansas constitution [text]. The court ruled that the law's judicial trigger provision [JURIST report], which said the [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [official website] asked the Philippine Congress Tuesday to work with her administration to pass a comprehensive anti-corruption reform act [press release] to fight the corruption she said has plagued the country for decades. Arroyo noted that the country's 2008 budget [press release] dedicates more [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] South African politician Jacob Zuma [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] launched a legal challenge Tuesday in the South African Constitutional Court [official website] seeking to have evidence excluded from his upcoming corruption trial. Zuma argued that evidence seized in 2005 raids by the Directorate of Special Investigations [official backgrounder; [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The legitimacy of military commissions of Guantanamo Bay detainees will be undermined by "the admission of evidence tainted by torture," according to a report [PDF text; press release] released Monday by Human Rights First [advocacy website]. The report cites the cases of six Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The first trial of a defendant accused of involvement in "forced disappearances" during Guatemala's 36-year civil war [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] opened Monday. Felipe Cusanero, a former member of a civilian paramilitary unit, is alleged to have been responsible for the disappearances of at least six people from the farming village [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] began the trial [press release] of Croatian general Ante Gotovina [ICTY case backgrounder, PDF; BBC profile] and two other militant commanders Tuesday. Gotovina, Ivan Cermak, and Mladen Markac, are charged with war crimes and crimes [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] US House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) [official website] accused the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] Monday of withholding information from the committee and threatened to take action to compel production of the requested information connected to the EPA's decision to turn down California's [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] issued new guidelines Monday limiting the appointment of independent monitors to verify corporate compliance with deferred-prosecution agreements. The new guidelines, which prohibit corporations from hiring monitors with existing ties to the government or the corporation, will also require US attorneys to [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak [UN profile] accused Nigeria's national police of widespread human rights violations Monday, telling the UN Human Rights Council [official website] that Nigerian police routinely tortured suspects during investigations. Nowak also deplored Nigeria's unsanitary and overcrowded detention facilities, saying that some prisoners even [read more]

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