Legal news from Thursday, July 22, 2010
13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Laws criminalizing homosexual activity are contributing to the spread of HIV and AIDS [press release, PDF] in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the findings of a study [text, PDF] announced Wednesday by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) [official website]. The study, "Legal environments, human rights and HIV responses [read more]

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[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday granted the habeas corpus petition of Yemeni citizen Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif [NYT profile] and ordered his immediate release from the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention facility. Latif, who has been in [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Thursday that Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia [JURIST report] did not violate international law. Serbia argued that UN Resolution 1244 [text, PDF], which ended the war in Kosovo, solidified the country's boundaries, which included the southern [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Kenya's High Court [GlobaLex backgrounder] ruled Wednesday that Kenyan authorities had violated the fundamental rights of 21 former political prisoners subjected to torture, awarding them Ksh 40 million (USD $500,000) in compensation. The former prisoners were held during the 1980s by the government of former Kenyan president Daniel Arap [read more]

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[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] charged Wednesday that Chinese authorities used excessive force [press release] in responding to the 2008 Tibetan demonstrations [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and tortured those in custody following the demonstrations in violation of international law. In a report, "I Saw It With My [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Spanish Interior Ministry [official website, in Spanish] announced Thursday that the country has accepted its third [press release, in Spanish] Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee. The man, an Afghan national, arrived in Spain on Wednesday and will be given residency and work permits. The ministry also noted [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Wednesday that no criminal charges will be brought against Bush administration officials for the firing of nine US Attorneys [NYT backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in 2006. In a letter [text, PDF] sent from Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich to House [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] A report [text] released Thursday by Transparency International (TI) [advocacy website] named Burundi as the most corrupt East-African nation, with a corruption index of 36.7 percent. Also cited by TI for having high rates of corruption were Uganda, with a rate of 33 percent, Kenya at 31.9 percent and [read more]

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[JURIST] Argentine President Cristina Fernandez [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday signed a same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] bill into law. The signing ceremony comes one week after the bill was approved by the legislature [JURIST report], making Argentina the first Latin American nation to legalize same-sex marriage. The legislation, [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Wednesday refused to reinstate a six-month drilling moratorium [JURIST report] issued in May by the Obama administration in response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Judge Martin [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Botswana High Court [SAFLII database] ruled Wednesday that the indigenous Bushmen [National Geographic backgrounder], or San, people will not be able to reopen a water well or dig new wells in their village in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve [official website]. The Bushmen applied for permission to use [read more]

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