Legal news from Saturday, June 11, 2011
16:06 EDT

[JURIST] Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos [official website, in Spanish] on Friday signed legislation to compensate victims of the country's armed conflict. The Victims' and Land Restitution Law [Senate backgrounder, in Spanish], approved by the Senate [JURIST report] last month, seeks to compensate [BBC report] millions of individuals by providing [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Friday rejected a proposal by an opposition party seeking a referendum to grant amnesty to those involved in a military coup in 2006. The referendum was proposed [Bangkok Post report] by the Pheu Thai Party, supporters of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [JURIST [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] UN officials expressed concern on Friday that the heightened rape cases in many war-torn nations indicate that rape is being used as a war weapon to terrorize citizens and cause them to flee because of fear. Recent concerns follow International Criminal Court (ICC) claims that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday overturned [opinion, PDF] the release of Yemeni Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Hussein Salem Mohammed Almerfedi [NYT profile]. After his capture in 2001 and detention at Guantanamo Bay, Almerfedi filed [read more]

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