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Legal news from Tuesday, July 20, 2010
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay [official website] Tuesday issued a warning [press release] about ongoing human rights violations in Kyrgyzstan following the recent ethnic violence [Guardian backgrounder] in the country. According to Pillay, security forces in the southern part of the country have been arbitrarily detaining large numbers [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] Tuesday rejected an appeal [judgment, PDF; press release] by a Dutch businessman convicted of selling chemicals used by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] to create chemical weapons. Frans Van Anraat [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was convicted [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Tuesday voted 13-6 [hearing video] to send the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan [official profile; JURIST news archive] to the full Senate. The vote divided largely along party lines, with Democrats voting unanimously in favor of sending the nomination forward, joined [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced [press release] Monday that two more detainees have been released from the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention facility. Abd-al-Nisr Mohammed Khantumani was released to Cape Verde, while Abdul Aziz Naji was repatriated to his native Algeria. Naji had appealed [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese government official announced Tuesday that Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] has agreed to abide by the country's censorship laws and stop automatically redirecting users to its uncensored Hong Kong-based site. Ministry of Industry and Information Technology spokesperson Zhang Feng, speaking at a press conference, said that [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) [official website] on Monday voted 23-13 to accredit the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) [advocacy website] as a consultative non-governmental organization (NGO). IGLHRC, an human rights organization for those discriminated against based on sexual orientation and gender identity, has [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwean Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa said Sunday that Zimbabwe is not bound by the rulings of the Tribunal of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) [official websites]. The statement comes two days after the Tribunal ruled that farmers who lost their land under Zimbabwe's land reform program [PBS backgrounder; [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Turkish criminal court Monday accepted the indictment [summary, in Turkish] of 196 defendants, including four retired military officers, over an alleged coup plot. The 2003 Balyoz Security Operation Plan [Taraf report, in Turkish; Al Jazeera backgrounder], or "Sledgehammer" plot, which included plans to bomb Istanbul mosques and provoke [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] Monday convicted Marko Boskic [press release] of committing crimes against humanity [BiH Criminal Code Article 172 text, PDF] in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [JURIST news archive]. The conviction comes after Boskic confessed to his role in the massacre, where 1,200 unarmed [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Monday granted a request for bail by Canadian-born media mogul Conrad Black [CBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The court granted bail following last month's ruling [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] by the US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST [read more]

00:07 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Martin Feldman of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Friday refused to recuse himself [order, PDF] from a case in which he has already overturned a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling [JURIST report] issued last month by the Obama administration in [read more]

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