Legal news from Sunday, April 12, 2009
15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Taliban [JURIST news archive] have claimed responsibility for the Sunday killing of Sitara Achakzai, a women's rights advocate in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive] and a member of Kandahar's provincial assembly. Achakzai, who had returned to Afghanistan to pursue women's rights after living in Germany during the Taliban's rule, [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese police have begun an investigation into the Saturday death of another prisoner in the country's jails, state news service Xinhua reported [text] Saturday. It was the second death to occur in the facility this year, and comes after last week's announcement of an earlier death [Shanghai Daily report] [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] A "legal framework" is needed to enforce existing international laws against piracy [JURIST news archive], Adm. Thad Allen [official profile; blog], Commandant of the US Coast Guard [official website], said in an interview [transcript, with video] on ABC's "This Week" [media website] Sunday morning. Allen said the latest acts [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva [BBC profile] on Saturday instituted a state of emergency in Bangkok and several provinces and cancelled [press release] an ongoing summit of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website] leaders in the country following an outbreak of protests calling for his resignation. [read more]

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