Legal news from Monday, February 23, 2009
20:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] Monday in two cases. In United States v. Navajo Nation [oral arguments transcript, PDF], the Court heard arguments on whether the Court's earlier decision [text] in the case foreclosed a decision by the [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar's military government has granted amnesty to 23 political detainees and more than 6,300 other prisoners, Thailand-based human rights group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) [advocacy website] said Sunday. Among those freed were members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, including Zaw Myint Maung [Irrawaddy report], [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN assistant secretary general for legal affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen stated Monday that significant progress was made during discussions of corruption [Phnom Penh Post report] alleged to exist in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive]. Taksoe-Jensen commented [AFP report] that he and [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Belgium filed suit [press release] against Senegal in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] on Thursday, asserting that the ICJ must intervene because the nations are in disagreement over the prosecution of former Chadian President Hissene Habre [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for alleged crimes against humanity. [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights group Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday called for the UN to place an arms embargo on Israel and Hamas, responding to the UN's report [text, PDF] that both parties used foreign-supplied weapons during the recent fighting in Gaza. The UN found that weapons from more [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Released Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Binyam Mohamed [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] was returned to the UK on Monday after being held for nearly seven years. Mohamed had immigrated from Ethiopia to the UK prior to his arrest, and it is not yet known whether he will [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] European members of the Group of 20 (G20) [official website] financial policy body said Sunday that tighter regulation [EU press release] of the financial industry and liberal trade policies are necessary to help the global economy recover from its recent downturn. The leaders met in Brussels to discuss the "European position" [read more]

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