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Legal news from Thursday, August 27, 2009
14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Judges of the India Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday decided to disclose their assets and make them available on the court's website. The decision, lauded by Indian political parties [Hindu report], legal authorities, and newspapers [Hindu editorial] as a victory for accountability and transparency, was delivered by the [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] should establish an independent criminal tribunal [press release] to investigate and prosecute those responsible for human rights abuses stemming from East Timor's 1999 referendum for independence [BBC backgrounder] from Indonesia, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] urged in a report [text, PDF] Thursday. AI's [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Mohammed Jawad [ACLU materials; JURIST news archive] said Thursday that the Afghan citizen will sue the US government for compensation for mistreatment. Jawad, who was detained in 2002 under suspicion of throwing a grenade at US forces in Afghanistan, [read more]

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[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Wednesday demanding access to documents related to the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) [official website] policy of searching travelers' laptop computers. The ACLU originally requested the documents [FOIA request, PDF] in June under [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Mali President Amadou Toumani Toure [BBC profile] announced Wednesday that he will not sign a controversial law expanding women's rights, after objections by the country's High Islamic Council. The announcement followed a mass demonstration [JURIST report] against the law by various Muslim groups on Sunday. Initially passed by the [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese Vice-Minister of Health Huang Jiefu [official profile] estimated Wednesday that 65 percent of organs transplanted in China are from executed prisoners [China Daily report], contradicting the official posture that China has maintained for years. Huang's statement coincides with an announcement that China is testing an organ donor system [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] conducted overseas interrogations that included sleep deprivation, dietary manipulation, and physical abuse, according to documents [ACLU materials; page 2] made available earlier this week. The letters and memoranda, originally sent to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Legal Counsel [official [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Venezuelan National Assembly [official website, in Spanish] unanimously gave preliminary approval [press release, in Spanish] on Tuesday to a bill to ban violent toys and video games. According to the Patria Para Todos (PPT) [party website, in Spanish], the party sponsoring the bill, the proposed law would help [read more]

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