Legal news from Wednesday, June 17, 2009
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Wednesday began the retrial [press release] of former Rwandan army officer Tharcisse Muvunyi [ICTR case materials]. In August, the ICTR quashed [JURIST report] Muvunyi's 25-year prison sentence, ruling that there was insufficient evidence for his conviction on charges of [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] proposed a broad series of financial regulatory reforms [white paper, PDF; statement] Wednesday intended to reestablish stability and confidence in the US financial system. The plan calls for the expansion of Federal Reserve [official website] regulatory powers to cover both bank and non-bank [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] A US House of Representatives [official webpage] subcommittee questioned why a group of Chinese Muslims known as Uighurs [JURIST news archive] is classified as a terrorist organization during a hearing [materials] Tuesday. The House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight [official website] heard [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge said Tuesday that former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ahmed Ghailani [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] can be represented by his military lawyers in civilian court, pending the approval of superior officers. US District Judge Lewis Kaplan, who said he expected the representation to be [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese authorities reaffirmed Tuesday that computer users will not be required to use controversial filtering software, according to media reports. An official from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) [official website, in Chinese] echoed earlier statements [AP report] made by state media that, while the "Green Dam" [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US State Department (DOS) [official website] on Tuesday added Chad, Eritrea, Malaysia, Niger, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe to its list of countries with the worst human trafficking records in the Trafficking in Persons Report 2009 [materials; introduction, PDF]. The countries join Burma, Cuba, Fiji, Iran, Kuwait, Mauritania, Niger, North [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] on Tuesday called for stricter federal hate crime laws [transcript], maintaining that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] is committed to working with Congress to pass such legislation. Addressing the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs [advocacy [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] US anti-terrorism laws are hindering Muslim charities and violating the constitutional rights of practicing Muslims, according to a report [text, PDF] released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website]. Entitled "Blocking Faith, Freezing Charity," the report alleges that current US laws and policies affect Muslims' right [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani [NYT backgrounder] said Tuesday that more than 40 police officers face charges following an investigation that revealed abuses in the country's prisons and criminal justice system. Among the alleged abuses, police are believed to have arrested individuals without warrants [AP report]. Additional allegations, including [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] Five UN officials on Tuesday decried the manner in which Myanmar has conducted [press release] the trial of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers [official website] Leandro Despouy said that the trial "has been marred [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Sri Lanka [JURIST news archive] government official announced Tuesday that an investigation into human rights abuses that allegedly occurred during the 25-year civil war between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [JURIST news archive] had ended. A commission of inquiry, established in 2007 to investigate [read more]

06:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Georgia [official website] reversed [opinion, PDF] Monday a lower court's order in a divorce case that prohibited the children of a divorced father to be in contact with his gay and lesbian acquaintances. The court disagreed with the qualified visitation rights granted to Eric Mongerson [read more]

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