Legal news from Friday, May 15, 2009
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday called on the US government [press release] to make "fundamental changes to reduce civilian casualties" in Afghanistan after attacks last week reportedly left more than 140 civilians dead. HRW said that a review announced by chief of the US Central Command [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] US officials said Friday that Algerian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Lakhdar Boumediene [BBC profile] has been released and sent to France [DOJ press release]. Boumediene was the named plaintiff in the US Supreme Court case Boumediene v. Bush [opinion, PDF; JURIST report], in which the Court held [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] announced Friday that he is reinstating the controversial military commission system [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] to try some Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees. Obama said that there will be changes to the system to increase defendants' rights, including barring statements obtained [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] urged the US [NYT op-ed] Wednesday to hold accountable those accused of committing torture under the Bush administration. Pillay welcomed the US as a new member of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] and lauded decisions by [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that the insurance company for defense contractor CACI International’s [corporate website] has no duty to defend or indemnify CACI against claims of torture at Iraq prisons such as Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive]. CACI [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] German Social Democratic Party (SPD) [party website, in German] lawmakers said Thursday that they will not support a recently proposed bill that would ban paintball in response to a March school shooting that left 16 dead [BBC report], including the 17-year-old gunman. The move came just two days after [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Russian Foreign Ministry [official website, in Russian] spokesperson Andrei Nesterenko said Thursday that Russia has proposed changes [statement, in Russian] to the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty (CFE) [text; backgrounder]. The 1990 treaty restricts the number of troops and heavy weapons that can be stationed between the Atlantic coast [read more]

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