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Legal news from Thursday, July 3, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has urged the Mongolian government to "exercise the utmost restraint" in dealing with protests of the country's recent parliamentary elections. President Nambar Enkhbayar on Tuesday instituted a four-day state of emergency following protests in which at least five have been killed and more …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Thursday blasted a proposed plan that would allow Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents to consider a person's race, religion, or ethnicity in deciding whether to open a terrorism investigation. CAIR decried the plan as "unconstitutional and un-American," saying that it could allow security agents to target …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Yemeni officials met with a visiting US delegation Thursday to discuss the possible transfer of Yemeni detainees still held at Guantanamo Bay. A major impediment to the negotiated release and repatriation of Yemeni detainees - who make up the largest single group of nationals at the prison - has been concern that they might be freed …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The US District Court for the District of Columbia Wednesday chose Judge Thomas Hogan to preside over the habeas corpus appeals of Guantanamo Bay detainees seeking to challenge their detention in federal court under the Supreme Court's recent ruling in Boumediene v. Bush. Hogan will rule …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Pakistani Supreme Court Bar Association President Aitzaz Ahsan strongly criticized the Bush administration's Pakistan policy during a visit to the US this past week, arguing that its refusal to condemn President Pervez Musharraf's November 2007 declaration of emergency law and his concomitant ouster of superior court judges is harming relations between …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Italian government Thursday began carrying out a controversial plan to fingerprint the country's Roma minority, despite fierce criticism from the international human rights community and Roma advocates. The fingerprinting scheme, announced last Thursday by Interior Minister Roberto Maroni, involves recording the fingerprints of thousands of Roma, including …

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by Devin Montgomery

Human Rights Watch Wednesday accused Sri Lanka of creating a de facto internment camp to arbitrarily detain more than 400 refugees fleeing areas of the country controlled by separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). HRW rejected government claims that the detentions are meant …

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by Devin Montgomery

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York Tuesday ordered Google to turn over databases containing logs of every time any IP address has accessed any YouTube video. Viacom had requested access to the databases in a lawsuit brought for copyright infringement, arguing …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Strict French anti-terrorism laws violate European and international human rights standards, according to a report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) Wednesday. In particular, the report criticized a French law criminalizing "association in relation to a terrorist undertaking," which HRW says allows prosecutors and law enforcement officials to detain …

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by Devin Montgomery

Disagreements between the United States and Iraq are still blocking a permanent Status of Forces Agreement [CFR materials; JURIST op-ed] regarding the role of American troops in Iraq and could delay a deal past the expiration of the UN mandate for coalition forces in Iraq at the end of the year, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari …

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by Deirdre Jurand

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by an Islamic charity that alleged it was the subject of an illegal wiretap by the National Security Agency (NSA). The government argued that the NSA did not need to obtain a court order before …

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by Nick Fiske

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the First Amendment protected an anti-abortion group's right to display graphic pictures of early-term aborted fetuses outside of a California middle school. The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBER), a pro-life advocacy group, filed a lawsuit in federal court in 2003 against …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Thursday struck down the war crime conviction of former senior Bosnian Muslim military commander Naser Oric. In June 2006, Oric was convicted of war crimes for failing to prevent the …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The Supreme Court of Panama has declared unconstitutional 183 pardons issued in 2004 by then-outgoing president Mireya Moscoso. Among the pardoned had been four Cubans - including Luis Posada Carriles - charged with a 2000 assassination attempt against then-Cuban leader Fidel Castro, and 87 journalists charged with …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) said Wednesday that it had mistakenly failed to brief the Supreme Court on the existence of a military law allowing capital punishment for child rape before the court decided the case of Kennedy v. Louisiana. In Kennedy, the court held 5-4 [JURIST …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced Wednesday that it will transfer two Guantanamo detainees to Algeria. The unnamed individuals are among the more than 65 Guantanamo detainees that government officials have declared eligible for transfer. About 265 detainees remain at the base.Algerian Justice Minister Tayeb Belaiz indicated in March that officials from his country …

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by Nick Fiske

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Wednesday reversed a district court ruling and found that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may qualify as a disability under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The plaintiff in the case, Martin Desmond, alleged that he was forced to resign from the …

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