Legal news from Wednesday, June 11, 2008
14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UK House of Commons Wednesday voted 315-306 [Sky video] in favor of an amendment to a proposed anti-terror bill [materials; BBC Q/A] that would allow authorities to detain terror suspects without charge for up to 42 days [JURIST news archive]. Rights groups, opposition MPs and even some governing [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile] Wednesday reiterated his commitment to improving Russia's human rights record, preserving an independent media, and enforcing the rule of law. Speaking at the opening of the 10th World Russian Press Congress [RT video report], the former lawyer said said [text]:Dear friends, this jubilee [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Serb police commander Stojan Zupljanin [ICTY indictment] was arrested by Serbian authorities Wednesday. Zupljanin is wanted by the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, and violations of the laws of war for allegedly killing civilians during the [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Ousted Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] Tuesday joined protests [Daily Times report] calling for the restoration of judges ousted by President Pervez Musharraf during his emergency rule [JURIST report] last November. Members of the Pakistan lawyers' movement [New York Times backgrounder] began the protests Monday, [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Judges for the US Court of Appeals for The Third Circuit revoked [opinion, PDF] the US citizenship of a former Nazi guard on Tuesday because he had obtained it illegally. The US Department of Justice alleged [complaint] that Anton Geiser, an 83-year-old Pennsylvania resident, served as an SS guard [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] Friday denied a request to extradite genocide suspect Gaspard Kanyarukiga [TrialWatch profile] to Rwanda for trial. The former businessman is said to have planned and supervised large-scale killings of Tutsis in Rwanda's Kibuye prefecture through a conspiracy [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A US State Department official Tuesday defended the transfer of suspects to foreign countries based on diplomatic assurances that they will not face torture there. Speaking before the House Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight [official website], Legal Advisor John Bellinger testified [text] that, under the Convention [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] Tuesday defended [UN press brief] the UN's process for choosing a new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The current Commissioner, Louise Arbour [official profile], announced [JURIST report] in March that she would not seek a second term and plans [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] Tuesday renewed its call for Indonesia to protect freedom of religion when it stated that the Indonesian government should reverse a decree [HRW reports] issued Monday that provides for the prosecution of members of a controversial Islamic sect who continue to spread the [read more]

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