Legal news from Thursday, September 25, 2008
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Minority Rights Group International (MRGI) [advocacy website] released a report [PDF text; press release] Wednesday criticizing the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights [official website] for its failure to effectively institute a court to adjudicate human rights issues on the continent. MRGI said the African Court on Human [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council completed its ninth session [UNHRC materials; UNOG report] in Geneva Wednesday by adopting 24 texts, one of which included a decision [press release; UN News Centre report] to extend the mission of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Sudan, [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] A US military prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] filed a declaration with the US military commissions [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] Wednesday stating that he is resigning because of ethical concerns. Army Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld said potentially exculpatory evidence had been withheld from defense attorneys for [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Parliament [official website, in Arabic] on Wednesday approved a controversial bill providing for provincial elections in much of the country. Kurdish legislators had strongly opposed a provision establishing a provincial council in Kirkuk [GlobalSecurity.org backgrounder] made up of equal numbers of Kurdish, Arab and Turkmenian representatives. After [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Jury selection began Wednesday in US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website] for the torture trial of Charles McArthur Emmanuel [JURIST news archive], son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. Earlier this month, Emmanuel pleaded [JURIST report] not guilty after he was indicted [JURIST report] [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Thirteen state attorneys general urged the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) [official website] Wednesday to withdraw a proposed rule [PDF text] that they said could threaten women's access to abortion [JURIST news archive] and birth control. The Provider Conscience Regulation, published [HHS press release] last month, [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Thailand Court of Appeals ruled against former Thai prime minister Samak Sundaravej [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Thursday, upholding defamation convictions against him and an associate, Dusit Siriwan. The charges stem from a 2006 television appearance in which both men allegedly insinuated that former Bangkok deputy governor Samart [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former Rwandan deputy state prosecutor Siméon Nchamihigo [TrialWatch profile] was sentenced to life imprisonment Wednesday by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive]. Nchamihigo was charged with four counts of genocide, murder, extermination, and other crimes against humanity. According to an amended indictment [text, [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Congress passed legislation [H.R. 6983 text, PDF] Tuesday to reduce inequities in the insurance coverage of mental health and addiction treatment, bringing the insurance costs for such treatment in line with those of conventional medical procedures. The bill, known as the "Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity [read more]

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