Legal news from Saturday, October 1, 2011

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday called for Kosovo to institute an independent witness protection program [press briefing transcript]. Spokesperson Rupert Colville made the comment in reaction to the recent death of Agim Zogaj [B92 report], a major witness for … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] ruled [decision text, in French, PDF] on Friday that former Serb nationalist politician and war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj [case materials; JURIST news archive] has received all guarantees of due process and fair proceedings available, and his trial … [read more]

[JURIST] A UN commission urged [statement] Syrian authorities on Friday to allow human rights experts to conduct an investigation into allegations of human rights violations. The three-member commission of inquiry was established by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] in September after UN High Commissioner for Human Rights … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Friday issued a memorandum [text, PDF] giving military chaplains permission to participate in or officiate same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] ceremonies. The memorandum, released by Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness Dr. Clifford Stanley [official profile] further provides that chaplains … [read more]

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