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15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday issued an order [text, PDF] temporarily blocking the state of Arizona from releasing campaign subsidies to publicly funded candidates under the state's campaign finance reform law [Title 16, Chapter 6, Article 2]. The order comes after the US [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] UK Energy Secretary Chris Huhne announced Tuesday that the government will increase inspection [press release] of North Sea oil rigs and monitoring of offshore compliance and safety standards in response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder] in the Gulf of Mexico. Huhne said that the government [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The head of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) [official website], Carlos Castresana, resigned Monday, citing the country's failure to adequately cooperate in the fight against corruption. Castresana expressed his frustration [BBC report] with the process, indicating he felt there was nothing more he could do to [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Taipei District Court [official website, in Chinese] on Tuesday found former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] not guilty of embezzling USD $330,000. Chen was indicted in September [JURIST report] for allegedly using funds received from the Foreign Affairs Ministry [official website, in Chinese] for [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Tuesday transferred [press release] the cases of 25 suspects in the 1994 Rwandan conflict [HRW backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to Rwandan authorities. The suspects, who have been investigated but not yet indicted by the ICTR, are believed to be [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese government on Tuesday defended its Internet censorship laws in a report [materials] detailing Internet usage within the country. China reported that nearly 30 percent of its population currently has access to the Internet and that they expect that number to increase to nearly 50 percent in the [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Wednesday denied [opinion, PDF] a petition for a writ of habeas corpus filed by Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Adham Mohammed Ali Awad, allowing for continued incarceration of the Yemeni national by the US [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Swiss Federal Assembly [official website] on Tuesday rejected an agreement [text, PDF] with the US that would have allowed Swiss bank UBS [corporate website; JURIST news archive] to disclose account information of clients suspected by the US government of tax evasion. The Swiss National Council [official website], the [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli [official website] on Monday filed a response [text, PDF] to the federal government's motion to dismiss [text, PDF; JURIST report] the state's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of recently passed health care [JURIST news archive] legislation. The suit [complaint, PDF] was filed in response to [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights [official website] on Monday ordered Goldcorp, one of the world's largest gold producers, to shut down the company's Marlin mine [corporate websites] in Guatemala, pending an investigation into human rights abuses and environmental violations [press release]. The commission, part of the DC-based Organization [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Navy [official website] announced Monday that it will appeal an appeals court ruling overturning the conviction of US Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III [JURIST news archive]. Hutchins, who was convicted in 2007 [JURIST report] for the 2006 kidnapping and murder of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdania [USMC [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] on Monday launched an internal investigation [press release] of the May 31 Israeli raid on several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder]. Chief of the General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi [official profile] named Major General Giora Island to head [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday urged European leaders to stop the upcoming deportation of asylum seekers to Iraq [press release] because their human rights may be violated in unsafe regions of the country. Authorities in the UK, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands are taking part in [read more]

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