Legal news from Tuesday, January 22, 2013
13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan's Foreign Affairs Minister Hina Rabbani Khar [official profile] on Tuesday condemned US drone attacks as a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and international law. Khar stated [NZ week report] that the drone attacks are "counterproductive" and that she plans to discuss the issue with the US and its ambassador [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Monday charged nine lawyers for membership in an outlawed group under Turkey's anti-terrorism laws. The lawyers, including some human rights advocates [AP report], are accused of being associated with the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (RPLP) [BBC profile], a group that advocates for a Marxist state [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Philippines on Tuesday notified China that it is seeking international arbitration [press release] to declare Chinese claims to the majority of the South China Sea illegal and invalid. Philippines Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario [official website] stated in a press conference the country's intent to bring China before [read more]

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[JURIST] Charles Ble Goude [Trial Watch backgrounder], the former Ivory Coast Minister for Sports and Youth and close political ally of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile], was charged Tuesday with war crimes and murder. Goude has been in hiding since May 2011 when French special forces forced out and captured [read more]

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[JURIST] Prisoners in some Afghan-run detention facilities are still being beaten and tortured, according to an annual report [text, PDF] released Sunday by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) [official website]. UNAMA interviewed 635 conflict-related detainees in detention facilities across Afghanistan, finding that more than half of those interviewed [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan Parliament [official website] on Tuesday voted 110-33 [press release] in favor of legislation extending the detention time for suspects arrested by police from 24 to 48 hours. Under the newly-amended law, titled, "Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions) Bill," police may detain and question a person [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday began his appeal in The Hague against his conviction and 50-year sentence for war crimes committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone [JURIST news archive]. Taylor's 42-point appeal [AFP report] states that the the UN-backed Special [read more]

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