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Legal news from Thursday, September 30, 2010
by Megan McKee

The Global Migration Group (GMG) adopted a statement Thursday urging all governments to respect the human rights of migrants, who are more likely to face various forms of abuse as they lack proper legal status. The GMG, which is comprised of 12 UN agencies, the World Bank and the International Organization for Migration, stressed …

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by Megan McKee

The European Commission (EC) announced Thursday that it would refer the UK to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for not fully complying with EU regulations that protect the privacy of electronic communications. The EU has found UK law in breach of the ePrivacy Directive 2002/58/EC and the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, regulations regarding …

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by Hillary Stemple

An Indian court on Thursday ruled that the disputed holy site Ayodhya must be split among Hindus, Muslims and Nirmohi Akhara, a Hindu sect representing the Hindu deity Ram. The dispute over ownership of the site has been ongoing for more than 60 years and …

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by Hillary Stemple

US lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a bill that would prohibit the US State Department (DOS) from issuing visas to individuals, or their family members, who are connected to the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. Magnitsky, who was arrested on allegations of tax fraud and held for over a year without a trial after …

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by Drew Singer

The first civilian trial of a former Guantanamo Bay detainee began Wednesday, as Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani appeared in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York for jury selection. Ghailani, a Tanzanian man, is accused of a key role in the 1998 bombings against two US …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Kuwaiti Guantanamo Bay detainee Fawzi Khalid Abdullah Fahad al Odah on Tuesday petitioned the US Supreme Court to reverse a federal appeals court decision that denied him habeas corpus relief. In his petition for writ of certiorari, al Odah claims that the lower courts violated his …

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by Jay Carmella

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday denied a motion for reconsideration on claims of unlawful treatment and wrongful death brought by the families of two former Guantanamo Bay detainees. The two men, Yasser Al-Zahrani and Salah Ali Abdullah Ahmed Al-Salami, were reported to have …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday ratified a prison sentence for former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka. Fonseka was convicted two weeks ago by a court-martial on charges of corruption and sentenced to a maximum of three years in prison, although Rajapaksa has …

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by Jay Carmella

Kenyan Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Mutula Kilonzo on Wednesday denied reports that he asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to stop its investigation into the violence following the 2007 Kenyan presidential election. Kilonzo stated that his previous comments, regarding the ability of Kenyan courts to handle cases such …

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by Erin Bock

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Wednesday agreed to adopt a recent report criticizing Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound flotilla and finding the country committed various violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. The UNHRC also adopted the conclusions relating to judicial remedies and reparations and called on …

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by Erin Bock

The European Commission warned France Wednesday that the country would face disciplinary proceedings and potential legal action if it did not follow EU regulations in its relations with Roma migrants. The warning was delivered by letter, which stated that France needed to abide by the 2004 Directive on Free Movement [Directive 2004/38/EC …

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