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Legal news from Thursday, April 1, 2010
14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyan Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula said Thursday that Kenya will no longer accept Somalian pirate cases [JURIST news archive] to be tried in its courts. Wetangula stated that the large number of Somalian pirate cases referred to Kenya has overburdened [KBC report] the country's judicial system and noted that [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Obama administration issued new regulations Thursday tightening fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emission standards for new cars starting in 2012. The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) [official websites] issued [press release] a joint rule called the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) [text, PDF], [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Nigeria authorities on Thursday charged 20 individuals in connection with the recent sectarian violence in Plateau state [official website] involving killing of Christian villagers [AP report] near the city of Jos. All 20 individuals have pleaded not guilty [Reuters report] to five counts of arson, terrorism, killing, maiming, and [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UN International Labour Organization (ILO) [official website] on Wednesday reiterated [study, PDF; executive summary, PDF] its call on the international community to take a "rights based approach" to international migration. The group said that 90 percent of the migration that occurs is driven by the search for employment [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Afghan President Hamid Karzai [official profile, JURIST news archive] on Thursday blamed foreign officials for the extensive irregularities that occurred during last year's disputed presidential election [JURIST news archive]. Though admitting that fraud was widespread, Karzai accused [Al Jazeera report] UN and EU representatives, particularly former deputy head of [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court [official website] chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] on Thursday announced his plans [statement] to proceed with the investigation of those responsible for the violence following the 2007 Kenyan presidential election [JURIST new archive]. Moreno-Ocampo previously submitted a list of 20 suspects [JURIST report] to the [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Wednesday denied [judgment, PDF] an appeal by former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [case materials; JURIST news archive] to postpone his war crimes trial. Karadzic appealed the trial date last month, claiming a [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] A UN rights official said Wednesday that immigrant workers entering Japan through government-run training programs face widespread racism and discrimination [press release], urging the country to increase immigrant protections. Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants [official website] Jorge Bustamante interviewed immigrants, civil servants, and academics in the [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] granted partial summary judgment [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in favor of an Islamic charity that claimed the federal government illegally wiretapped its conversations without a warrant. In its suit [JURIST report; EFF materials], the Al-Haramain [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar [official profiles] announced a comprehensive energy plan [WH press release; DOI press release] Wednesday that would introduce regulations to increase offshore drilling while tightening emissions and mileage standards on vehicles. The plan would allow exploration [NYT report] off [read more]

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