Legal news from Thursday, September 30, 2010
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Global Migration Group (GMG) [official website] adopted a statement [text] 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 [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) announced Thursday that it would refer the UK [press release] to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] 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 [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] An Indian court on Thursday ruled [judgment Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, PDFs] that the disputed holy site Ayodhya [BBC backgrounder] 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 [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] US lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a bill [press release, PDF] that would prohibit the US State Department (DOS) [official website] 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 [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The first civilian trial of a former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee began Wednesday, as Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani [GlobalSecurity profile; JURIST news archive] appeared in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] for jury selection. Ghailani, a Tanzanian man, is accused of [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Kuwaiti Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Fawzi Khalid Abdullah Fahad al Odah [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday petitioned [text, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] to reverse a federal appeals court decision that denied him habeas corpus relief. In his petition for writ of [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday denied [order, PDF] a motion for reconsideration on claims of unlawful treatment and wrongful death brought by the families of two former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees. The two men, Yasser Al-Zahrani [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday ratified a prison sentence [news release] for former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Fonseka was convicted [JURIST report] two weeks ago by a court-martial on charges of corruption and sentenced to [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyan Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Mutula Kilonzo [official website] on Wednesday denied reports that he asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST news archive] to stop its investigation into the violence following the 2007 Kenyan presidential election [JURIST news archive]. Kilonzo stated that his previous comments, [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] on Wednesday agreed to adopt [press release] a recent report [JURIST report] criticizing Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound flotilla [JURIST news archive] and finding the country committed various violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. The UNHRC also adopted the [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] 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 [JURIST news archive] migrants. The warning was delivered by letter [Guardian report], which stated that France needed to [read more]

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