Legal news from Wednesday, November 19, 2008
20:11 EDT

[JURIST] Eight Somalis were charged in a Kenyan court [Kenya judiciary website] for piracy on Wednesday after being turned over to Kenyan officials by the British Royal Navy [official website]. The suspected pirates were captured by the HMS Cumberland [official website] while attempting to use a hijacked Yemeni fishing boat [read more]

20:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] has vacated [order, PDF] a district court judge's contempt order [text, PDF; JURIST report] against former USA Today reporter Toni Locy [faculty profile] in connection with her refusal to disclose sources for articles she wrote about [read more]

17:11 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of UN experts on Wednesday urged [press release] authorities in Myanmar [JURIST archive; BBC backgrounder] to retry political and religious prisoners. The group, including Special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana [official website], called for fair and open trials [Reuters report] [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Public Health Officer Heiko Hering said Wednesday that the large-scale anti-malaria effort recently launched by the United Nations Foundation [official websites] is part of fulfilling the service obligations of the Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees [text, PDF]. Hering made [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Navy defense attorney Cmdr. Suzanne Lachelier was given rare access [Miami Herald report] on Wednesday to Camp Seven [Miami Herald backgrounder], a special Guantanamo camp for alleged al Qaeda members classified as "high-value detainees" at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison. Lachelier is a defense lawyer for Ramzi [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the Moscow District Military Court on Wednesday ordered that the trial of three men accused in the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary] be closed to the public. This essentially reversed [RIA Novosti report] his Monday decision [JURIST report] to allow an open trial. Also [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called Tuesday for an international investigation into the deaths of civilians during the August 2008 conflict [BBC backgrounder] between Russia and Georgia over the breakaway region of South Ossetia [JURIST news archive]. A new AI report [text, PDF; AI press release] entitled "Civilians in [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Nepal [official website] has directed the country's government to end sexual orientation-based discrimination and to extend equal rights to gender minorities, including same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. The order, made Monday, came in a lawsuit brought by several gay rights groups and follows a December [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF; press release, PDF] that it has jurisdiction to hear a case [ICJ materials] brought by Croatia [JURIST news archive] accusing Serbia [JURIST news archive] of genocide during the Croatian War from 1991-1995. Croatia claimed in its [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a New Hampshire law that prohibits the gathering of data from prescription drug records to target pharmaceutical sales to doctors. The Prescription Information Law [text] was enacted in June [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis [official profile] on Tuesday called [statement text; AKI report] on officials to end discrimination against Europe's Roma minority [JURIST news archive]. Davis' comments came in response to a Monday confrontation [BBC report] between Czech police and far-right protesters attempting to attack a [read more]

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