Legal news from Wednesday, June 9, 2010
14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Advocacy group Privacy International (PI) [advocacy website] on Thursday accused Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] of criminal intent for the collection of private data [press release] through unsecured Wi-Fi networks while collecting images for the website's Street Map view. PI released its statement in response an independent audit [read more]

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[JURIST] A Chinese appeals court on Wednesday upheld the conviction of earthquake activist Tan Zuoren who was sentenced in February [JURIST report] to five years in prison on subversion charges. Tan was charged with and convicted of inciting subversion to state power, allegations stemming from e-mails critical of the government's [read more]

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[JURIST] More than 30 defense lawyers from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] released a joint statement [text] Tuesday calling for the release of detained US lawyer and JURIST Forum [website] contributor Peter Erlinder [professional profile; JURIST news archive], who is being held in Rwanda on charges [read more]

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[JURIST] US Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) [official website] on Wednesday introduced legislation [S 3464 text, PDF; materials] intended to reduce foreign oil dependence and cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Practical Energy and Climate Plan of 2010 would reduce foreign oil imports by 40 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 20 [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Tuesday renewed calls for Kenya to establish a special tribunal [statement] to investigate crimes committed following the 2007 presidential elections [JURIST news archive]. Pillay called the investigation into the deadly violence [JURIST report] by the International Criminal Court [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] voted Wednesday to impose a fourth round of sanctions on Iran [press release] for failure to disband the nation's uranium enrichment program. Twelve member countries voted in favor of resolution 1929 [text, PDF], with Brazil and Turkey voting against and Lebanon abstaining. The [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of accused "rogue trader" Jerome Kerviel [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] began Tuesday in a French court. Kerviel has been charged [JURIST report] with breach of trust, forgery, and breaching IT access codes relating to $73 billion worth of unauthorized trades he made while working for French [read more]

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[JURIST] The Bolivian National Congress [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday approved legislation [text, PDF; in Spanish] that would create an independent justice system for indigenous communities. The Law of Judicial Authority, passed by the Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Spanish], the lower house of Congress, would create a [read more]

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[JURIST] The Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website] announced Monday that the government has changed its position concerning a previous decision not to invite Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to an African Union (AU) [official website] summit to be held in Kampala in July. On [read more]

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[JURIST] A UK plan that would return children who arrive in the country without a guardian to Afghanistan is being heavily criticized by human rights organizations and refugee advocacy groups. The UK plan calls for the building of a "reintegration center" [Al Jazeera report] in Kabul where approximately 12 males [read more]

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[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Tuesday reiterated the importance of an international component [press briefing text] in the investigation into the May 31 Israeli raid on several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder]. Ban's original proposal to establish an investigatory panel comprised of [read more]

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[JURIST] World peace has declined over the past year due to a global increase in homicides and violent crime, according to the Global Peace Index (GPI) [report; materials] published Tuesday. The GPI measures countries' relative peacefulness on a rubric of factors that encompass things such as respect for human rights, [read more]

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[JURIST] The state prosecutor of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] indicted three Serbian men for crimes against humanity for their roles in an attack on the town of Cajnice during the Bosnian civil war [JURIST news archive]. Milutin Kornjaca, Milorad Zivikovic and Dusko Tadic are charged [AKI report] with killing [read more]

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[JURIST] The Bangkok Central Criminal Court granted bail to two anti-government protest leaders on Tuesday, as the Thai government extended the country's state of emergency. Jatuporn Prompan and Karun Hongsakul face charges of terrorism [Bangkok Post report], instigating violence, and unlawful assembly in connection with their leadership positions in the [read more]

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