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Legal news from Tuesday, October 25, 2011

[JURIST] The lawyer for suspected USS Cole [JURIST news archive] bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] has filed a challenge [motion, PDF] to the method in which Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military tribunals are conducted. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Reyes asserts that the Pentagon will never … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] warned on Tuesday that Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces [NYT backgrounder] may attempt to cover up [press release] various aspects of the killing of more than two dozen mostly Coptic Christian demonstrators on October 9. The protests, which began in … [read more]

[JURIST] Human rights defenders are still harassed, attacked and killed [press release] more than a decade after the international declaration adopted for their protection, a UN rights expert said Monday. UN Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya presented her fourth report [text, PDF] on the right to defend human rights, which is … [read more]

[JURIST] Australian Attorney-General Robert McClelland [official website] refused Tuesday to allow a war crimes case against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa [official website]. McClelland's announcement was in response to charges filed [JURIST report] by an Australian citizen claiming that during the 2009 Sri Lankan civil war, civilian targets were intentionally … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Union [official website] on Tuesday insisted that it will enforce its new cap-and-trade law [EU Directive 2008/101/EC, PDF] on airline emissions for flights traveling to and from Europe despite strong opposition from the US. The new legislation, taking effect January 1, 2012, will eventually require all airlines, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Attorney General for British Columbia [official website] on Tuesday blocked a lawsuit [CCIJ press release] filed by the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) [advocacy website] against US president George W. Bush [JURIST news archive] on torture allegations. Lawyers from both CCIJ and the Center for Constitutional Rights … [read more]

[JURIST] The Syrian government has been utilizing state-run hospitals and their personnel to abuse wounded protesters, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF; press release] published Tuesday. The report alleges that since the anti-government protests began, Syrian government officials have violated international human rights laws by … [read more]

[JURIST] Interim Libyan leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil [official profile] said Tuesday that he intends to make Islamic Sharia law the basic source of legislation and reject any tenets in contradiction the teachings of Islam, but all in moderation to reflect Libya's political landscape, cultural norms and religious makeup. Though Abdul-Jalil says … [read more]

[JURIST] Proposed anti-terrorism legislation came before the Standing Committee of China' National People's Congress (NPC) [official website] on Tuesday that would provide specific legal definitions for terrorism and allow officials to more easily bring terror charges against suspects. Under China's current criminal law, those who organize, lead or actively participate … [read more]

[JURIST] The UK Parliament [official website] voted 483-111 [press release] Monday against holding a national referendum on remaining a member of the European Union (EU) [official website]. The referendum would have put forward three options [press release] to the public for a vote: to remain in the EU, to leave … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] adopted a resolution [text] Monday urging member states to make piracy a crime and establish anti-piracy courts [webcast] because of the rise in maritime piracy crime off the coast of Somalia. The request was due in part to the recent conclusion [IMB report] … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida [official website] on Monday temporarily blocked [order, PDF] a new Florida law [Executive Order 11-58, PDF] that had required welfare applicants to pass a drug test before receiving benefits. Judge Mary Scriven said that the law … [read more]

[JURIST] Manssor Arbabsiar pleaded not guilty in a New York district court on Monday to charges stemming from his role in the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Adel al-Jubeir [official profile], Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the US, on US soil. Arbabsiar, a US citizen, is alleged to have participated in … [read more]

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