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Legal news from Friday, January 30, 2009
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [JURIST news archive] Friday issued three executive orders favoring organized labor and departing from the pro-employer labor policies of the previous Bush administration. Notification of employee rights under federal labor law [PDF text] requires employers working under government contracts to clearly notify employees of their [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Myanmar [JURIST news archive] must stop systematically persecuting the Rohingya Muslim minority [BBC profile], and neighboring states should offer assistance to refugees, according to an open letter [text, PDF] sent Friday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. In a letter to the governments of Bangladesh, India, [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish foreign minister Miguel Moratinos [official profile] has said he will push for legislation limiting the country's universal jurisdiction [AI backgrounder] policies to prevent the investigation of Israeli officials, according to Friday statements [Ynet report] by Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni [official profile]. The pledge follows a decision by [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former US detainee and Canadian citizen Maher Arar [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] said Thursday that he was shocked and saddened to learn that US government officials had testified at the US military commission trial [JURIST report] of fellow Canadian citizen Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] that [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani Minister for Law and Justice Farooq Naek told reporters Friday that the superior court judges the government had returned to office after their November 2007 ouster under then-president Pervez Musharraf's declaration of emergency rule [JURIST report] had been 'reappointed', not reinstated, because Pakistan's constitution [text] does not provide [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] China's State Council [official website] on Friday ended the authority of the state-run Xinhua News Agency [media website] to screen foreign financial and other news entering the country. In a decree signed by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao [official profile], the government reassigned the power [Xinhua report] to the State Council [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former Cuban president Fidel Castro [BBC profile] on Thursday called [op-ed text, in Spanish] on US President Barack Obama [official website] to turn over control of the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military base to Cuba once the detention facility there is closed. In an op-ed published in the [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Cameroon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] government has participated in and encouraged unlawful executions, torture, and other human rights violations [press release] of political dissenters, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF; abstract] released Thursday. The report alleges that such violations have been taking [read more]

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