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Legal news from Monday, October 13, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

Judge Fausto Pocar, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), called Monday for the arrest of Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic and Croatian Serb leader Goran Hadzic. Mladic and Hadzic are the two remaining major fugitives wanted for ICTY prosecution …

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by Joe Shaulis

The UK House of Lords on Monday rejected a proposal supported by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to increase the amount of time authorities may detain terrorism suspects without charge. The upper house of Parliament voted 309-118 to amend an anti-terrorism bill [materials; BBC Q/A] by eliminating a highly contentious provision that would have increased the maximum period …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

Justice ministers of countries belonging to the League of Arab States said Monday that the International Criminal Court has 'no sound legal basis' to issue an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. At a day-long summit in Cairo, the ministers suggested that ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo's July …

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by Joe Shaulis

The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal has dismissed a complaint alleging that the Canadian newsmagazine Maclean's incited hatred toward Muslims. The commission ruled Friday that a 2006 article by conservative writer Mark Steyn entitled "The future belongs to Islam" did not violate a provision of the British Columbia Human …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

The European Union Monday temporarily suspended its travel ban on Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and several other Belarussian officials following the first high-level talks between Belarus and the EU in four years. A meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg directed the ban be lifted in an attempt to encourage democratic reform …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Human Rights Watch (HRW) Monday encouraged the Ethiopian parliament to reject the draft Charities and Societies Proclamation, which HRW officials concluded in a report would severely undermine human rights efforts in the country if passed. The draft law, which is a revision of the law proposed earlier this year [text, PDF; JURIST …

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by Devin Montgomery

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has broadly interpreted rules protecting the content of databases from copying, regardless of how the information is extracted from its source. The court was considering a lawsuit filed by the University of Freiburg (UF) against Direct Media Publishing (DMP) for selling data …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The US Department of Defense (DOD) released a ruling Sunday indicating that Guantanamo detainees who represent themselves at trial are not entitled to Internet access and some computer hardware and software to aid in their defense. Military judge Col. Ralph Kohlmann wrote that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee on Sunday approved measures that would liberalize the country's land use laws in an effort decrease rural poverty and increase the country's agricultural capacity. Under China's constitution, the country's land is either owned collectively or by the state, but the reforms would give farmers …

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