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Legal news from Friday, June 13, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

A protest march by members of the Pakistani lawyers' movement reached the Parliament House in the capital Islamabad on Friday night, JURIST's correspondent in Pakistan reports. The so-called "long march" began in Lahore Monday, and is aimed at pressuring the government of President Pervez Musharraf into reinstating judges ousted after the declaration of emergency law …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a class action lawsuit Thursday against the Texas Youth Commission (TYC), alleging that five girls imprisoned at the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex were subjected to punitive solitary confinement, physical abuse and invasive strip searches. The ACLU alleged that the treatment violated the …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Friday ruled that certain parts of a lawsuit brought by the Chabad Lubavitch Jewish Orthodox movement against the Russian government could proceed. Chabad Lubavitch seeks the return of an archive of 18th century religious texts that it alleged the Russian government had appropriated …

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by Devin Montgomery

A Burundi court Thursday released six former police officers convicted of killing a World Health Organization (WHO) official because two key witnesses against the accused escaped from custody. In May of 2005, four of the men were sentenced to death and two were sentenced to twenty years in jail for their role in …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Amnesty International Friday condemned 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) to communicate with the refugees to investigate their claims for asylum; UNHCR said …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern said Friday that a referendum to ratify the new EU reform treaty 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 as the Treaty of Lisbon, as …

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by Andrew Gilmore

A US District Court Judge Thursday ordered US Marine Corps Sgt. Ryan G. Weemer jailed for refusing to testify about the deaths of Iraqi detainees during the Multinational Force-Iraq's November 2004 offensive in Fallujah. Weemer reportedly refused to testify about the role of former Marine Sgt. Jose Nazario [JURIST …

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by Deirdre Jurand

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour Thursday commended the US Supreme Court for its ruling that federal courts have jurisdiction to review habeas corpus petitions filed by Guantanamo detainees classified as enemy combatants. Arbour, who in August 2007 submitted an amicus curiae brief in support of the …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The Rwanda Defense Forces (RDF), 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. The arrests followed investigations by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Canadian Industry Minister Jim Prentice introduced new federal copyright legislation in the House of Commons Thursday. The reforms update the existing law by taking into account new technologies developed over the last decade and setting tough new penalties for uploading and downloading copyrighted material and breaking …

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by Andrew Gilmore

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday released a 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 UN will scale down its Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) [official …

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by Deirdre Jurand

US President George W. Bush Thursday expressed disappointment at the Supreme Court's ruling 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 also study it to determine if other legislation could be …

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by Devin Montgomery

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Friday said that the proposed version of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), 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 provisions that would grant total legal immunity to US troops, …

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