Legal news from Friday, June 13, 2008
17:06 EDT

[JURIST] A protest march by members of the Pakistani lawyers' movement [NYT backgrounder] reached the Parliament House in the capital Islamabad on Friday night, JURIST's correspondent in Pakistan reports. The so-called "long march" began [JURIST report] in Lahore Monday, and is aimed at pressuring the government of President Pervez Musharraf [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Thursday against the Texas Youth Commission (TYC) [official website], alleging that five girls imprisoned at the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex [official website] were subjected to punitive solitary confinement, physical abuse and invasive [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that certain parts of a lawsuit brought by the Chabad Lubavitch [group website] Jewish Orthodox movement against the Russian government could proceed. Chabad Lubavitch seeks the return of an archive of 18th century [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Burundi [JURIST news archive] court Thursday released six former police officers convicted of killing a World Health Organization (WHO) [official website] official because two key witnesses against the accused escaped from custody. In May of 2005, four of the men were sentenced [BBC report] to death and two were [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] Friday condemned [press release] Egypt for plans to deport approximately 1,200 detained Eritrean refugees despite the possibility that they may face torture in their home country. The group called for Egypt to allow the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website] to communicate with [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern said Friday that a referendum to ratify the new EU reform treaty [JURIST news archive] has failed, with early results showing 53.4 percent of Irish citizens voting against it [RTÉ.ie report]. The result could halt European Union plans to implement the instrument, properly known [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] A US District Court Judge Thursday ordered US Marine Corps Sgt. Ryan G. Weemer [JURIST news archive] jailed for refusing to testify about the deaths of Iraqi detainees during the Multinational Force-Iraq's November 2004 offensive [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] in Fallujah [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive]. Weemer reportedly refused to testify [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile] Thursday commended [press release] the US Supreme Court for its ruling [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] that federal courts have jurisdiction to review habeas corpus petitions filed by Guantanamo detainees classified as enemy combatants. Arbour, who in August 2007 submitted [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Rwanda Defense Forces (RDF) [official profile], the national army of the republic of Rwanda, said Thursday that it has arrested four of its officers in connection with the killings of 13 clergyman and two civilians during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The arrests followed [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Industry Minister Jim Prentice [official profile] introduced new federal copyright legislation [press release, backgrounder] in the House of Commons [Parliament of Canada website] Thursday. The reforms update the existing law [Copyright Reform Process website] by taking into account new technologies developed over the last decade and setting tough [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile; JURIST news archive] Thursday released a report [PDF text; UN News Centre report] outlining plans to give the European Union (EU) a greater role in implementing the rule of law in Kosovo. The report, delivered to the UN Security Council, stated that the [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush Thursday expressed disappointment [press conference transcript] at the Supreme Court's ruling [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] that federal courts have jurisdiction to review habeas corpus petitions filed by Guantanamo Bay detainees. Bush pledged that administration officials would honor the ruling, but said that they would [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Friday said that the proposed version of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], which will govern the legal status of US troops in Iraq beginning in 2009, violates Iraqi sovereignty. Al-Maliki told reporters that he particularly objects to [read more]

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