Legal news from Thursday, January 15, 2009
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General nominee Eric Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] in confirmation hearings [materials; transcript] Thursday that he believes waterboarding [JURIST news archive] constitutes torture and that it could take a long time to close the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] prison despite the incoming Obama [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband [official profile] said Thursday in a Guardian editorial [text] that the "war of terror" embraced by the US and UK governments in recent years was a "misleading and mistaken" term and that terrorism should be fought by championing [read more]

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[JURIST] Sudanese authorities on Wednesday detained prominent political opposition figure and Islamist leader Hassan al-Turabi [BBC profile] in response to al-Turabi's calls for President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to turn himself over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. Turabi, the leader of the Popular Congress [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Wednesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a Georgia law that requires voters to present government-issued photo identification in order to vote. The suit [complaint, PDF] was filed by two elderly voters in Georgia, the National Association for the Advancement [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Venezuelan National Assembly [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday approved a constitutional amendment [press release and text, in Spanish] eliminating presidential term limits. The amendment must now be approved by voters in a referendum likely to be held on February 15. The amendment, which would allow President Hugo [read more]

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[JURIST] The Kazakhstan Parliament [official website] on Thursday approved legislation designed to ensure that there is representation from at least two political parties [Gazeta report] in the lawmaking body. The election law reform measure is seen as a way to enhance democracy in Kazakhstan before it takes over as chair [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] on Wednesday said that the ICC has no jurisdiction to investigate possible war crimes committed by Israel in Gaza. Moreno-Ocampo's statement came after calls by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) [advocacy website] for the UN Security [read more]

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