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Legal news from Monday, February 16, 2009
17:02 EDT

[JURIST] Counterterrorism policies adopted by countries around the world since 2001 pose a "serious threat to the integrity of the international human rights legal framework," according to a report [text, PDF; executive summary, PDF] issued Monday by a special panel of human rights experts convened by the International Commission of [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] The French Council of State [official website, in French], France's highest court, ruled [opinion, in French; press release, in French] Monday that the French government bore responsibility for deporting Jews during World War II, while denying further reparations for individuals. The council was asked by the Paris administrative court [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Criminal proceedings against Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] party treasurer general and cabinet member-designate Roy Bennett were delayed [Harare Tribune report] Monday, as members of his party continued to protest his arrest [MDC press release]. According to the MDC, Bennett faces charges under Zimbabwe's Public Order [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Monday granted in part [decision, PDF; press release] the prosecution's motion [text, PDF; JURIST report] to amend the indictment against former Bosnian Serb leader and war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive]. Karadzic is [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] UK resident and Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Binyam Mohamed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was found by British authorities on Sunday to be healthy enough to return to the UK if the US government acquiesces to the request for his release. A group sent to the prison [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday ruled [decision; press release] that the Russian government was guilty of infringing on US missionary Patrick Nolan's religious freedoms and other human rights by expelling him from the country in 2002 under national security pretenses. [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Venezuelan voters approved [press release, in Spanish] a constitutional amendment [text and results, in Spanish] abolishing presidential term limits in a national referendum [JURIST report] Sunday. President of the National Electoral Council (CNE) [official website, in Spanish] Tibisay Lucena reported that the amendment passed with 54.36 percent of the [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] An appeals court in Afghanistan on Sunday upheld a lower court's decision to sentence two men convicted of translating the Koran to 20 years in prison. The three-judge panel ruled [AP report] that the men were guilty of modifying the Koran, but did not issue the maximum punishment of [read more]

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