Legal news from Monday, December 1, 2008
20:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] Monday in two cases. In Kansas v. Colorado [oral arguments transcript, PDF], the Court heard arguments on whether the Supreme Court must abide by Congressional rules regarding expert witness costs when the case [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] adopted a resolution [text, DOC; materials] Monday condemning human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo [ICC materials] at the close of a special session [official website] on renewed violence in the country. The Council singled out abuses in the eastern [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg [official profile; JURIST news archive] said Monday that human rights standards have been undermined by the "war on terror." Hammarberg focused on blacklists created by UN Security Council Resolution 1267 (1999) [text, PDF], the EU common position 2001/931 [text, PDF], [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Spanish Foreign Ministry [official website] expressly allowed the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] to use Spanish resources in transporting terror suspects to Guantanamo Bay, according to a 2002 internal Foreign Ministry memorandum [PDF text, in Spanish] released by Madrid's El Pais [report, in Spanish] newspaper on [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] US President-elect Barack Obama officially announced [transition materials and transcript] on Monday that he is nominating former Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] official Eric Holder [professional profile; JURIST report] as the next US attorney general. If confirmed by the Senate, Holder will be the first African American to [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Government officials in Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive] said [Herald report] Monday that they will disregard a South African Development Community Tribunal [official website] ruling [JURIST report] that ordered Zimbabwe to halt its Land Reform Program [official website]. The tribunal held that the program's seizure of white-owned farms was racially [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Switzerland [official website; JURIST news archive] on Sunday announced that voters in a referendum have approved a measure [official materials, in German] making the country's heroin assisted treatment program (HAT) [official website] permanent. Sixty-eight percent [results, in German] of 2.26 million voters approved the permanent legalization [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) on Sunday ordered the release of Ibrahim Jassam Mohammed, an Iraqi freelance photographer working for Reuters [news website] held by the US military. The court order, supplied to a Reuters' attorney [Reuters report], said the US military had no evidence to support [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Kazakhstan has fallen short on its pledges to reform election laws before it takes over as chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) [official website], Europe's main security and human rights body, in 2010, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Myanmar court on Friday sentenced two reporters to seven years imprisonment for allegedly undercutting the country's military junta by possessing reports deemed seditious. Thet Zin and Sein Win Maung were found in February with a copy of a UN special rapporteur's human rights report on Burma [text, DOC], [read more]

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