Legal news from Saturday, May 15, 2010
14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [official website] on Friday urged the new UK government to set up a judicial inquiry [press release] on torture [JURIST news archive] allegations and reaffirm its support for human rights. The rights group claimed that allegations of complicity in the torture of terrorism suspects have badly [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food [official website] Olivier De Schutter [official profile] on Friday urged reforms [UN News Centre report] to legal systems to fight hunger and promote the right to food. The UN High-Level Task Force for the Global Food Crisis [official website] is meeting [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Spokesman for Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) [official website] Qassim al-Aboudi announced Friday that the completed recount of votes cast in the March 7 parliamentary elections [CEIP backgrounder; JURIST news archive] showed no signs of fraud or major irregularities. The official tally [Reuters report] after the 11-day recount [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) [association website], a small business lobby group, joined a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Friday challenging the constitutionality of the recently enacted health care reform law [text; JURIST news archive]. The NFIB joins 20 states in a legal battle that began in March [read more]

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