Legal news from Monday, July 19, 2010
22:07 EDT

[JURIST] Syrian Minister of Education [official website, in Arabic] Ghiath Barakat issued a directive [Syria News report, in Arabic] Sunday forbidding students and teachers at universities from wearing the niqab [JURIST news archive]. The ban applies to both public and private universities, but only affects full-face veils [AP report] and [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] The lack of a concrete legal mandate for the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) [official website], constant infighting within the intelligence community and an unprecedented expansion of resources and intelligence-gathering capacities following the 9/11 attacks [JURIST news archive] have created an unfocused and chaotic environment where intelligence efforts are [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The National Security Services in Sudan (NISS) are brutally suppressing internal dissent and targeting rights workers in the process, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF; press release] issued Monday. AI documented cases of arbitrary detention, torture, enforced disappearances and death at the hands of [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] An Oklahoma district judge issued an injunction [text] Monday morning extending a temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of a new law [HB 2780 text, DOC] that requires women seeking abortions [JURIST news archive] to have an ultrasound and hear a description of the fetus. The Center for Reproductive Rights [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Swiss Federal Administrative Court [official website, in German] announced [press release] Monday that an agreement [text, PDF] with the US, allowing Swiss bank UBS [corporate website; JURIST news archive] to disclose account information of clients suspected by the US government of tax evasion, is binding. The agreement, approved [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The former defense lawyer for Australian ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archives] said Sunday that his former client should be cleared of all links to terrorism because he never committed a crime. The lawyer, Steve Kenny, said he has been unable [AAP report] to find a [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Backlogs at US immigration courts are up by more than 30 percent in the past 18 months, according to a Syracuse University research center study [text]. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse [official website] study found that the 4,145 cases referred to federal prosecutors in March and April were the [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian Federation Council [official website, in Russian] on Monday approved legislation that will allow the country's secret police, the Federal Security Service (FSB) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], to question citizens about their actions related to crimes that have not yet occurred. The KGB [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], predecessor to the FSB, had [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The American Bar Association (ABA) [official website] has filed an amicus curiae brief [text, PDF] urging the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] to block enforcement of the state's controversial new immigration law [SB 1070 materials; JURIST news archive] before it takes effect July 29. [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Supreme Court [official website] on Sunday issued a 90-day injunction against the enforcement of a law preventing the prosecution of 400 protesters arrested during the 2005 Gaza disengagement [official backgrounder; JURIST report]. The law, passed in January [JURIST report], prevents the prosecution or suspends the sentences of [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and 15 other high ranking former officials in the government of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] appeared in court over the weekend and were charged with crimes committed during Hussein's regime. According to his lawyer, Aziz will now [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The government of the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate announced Monday that the two Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees accepted by Germany earlier this month would be confined for at least a year while undergoing psychological treatment and integration training. The German government agreed to take the detainees [JURIST [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) [official website] has announced [press release] that insurance plans being offered as part of a new federally-funded program providing insurance to persons denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions will only cover abortions [JURIST news archive] in cases of rape or [read more]

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