The United Nations' Commission on Human Rights began its annual six-week session on Monday. This year's meeting may produce significant criticism of human rights abuses committed by the US against prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan. Activist groups, such as Human Rights Watch , are calling for the UN to condemn the American actions, and Cuba [...]

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The Supreme Court of Zimbabwe Monday quashed an order from the state Media Commission denying the independent newspaper Daily News a license to publish. Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku advised the Harare paper, banned since September 2003, to submit a new license application to the Commission. More generally, however, the court refused to overturn contested provisions [...]

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Opposition members in Hong Kong's legislature expressed outrage Monday at the weekend announcement that the elected successor to Tung Chee-Hwa, Hong Kong's former executive who resigned last Thursday , would only serve the remainder of Tung's term instead of a full five years. The decision, announced by Acting Chief Executive Donald Tsang , himself the [...]

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Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party announced a draft bill Monday that would give the President of Taiwan the power to take action to "safeguard Taiwan's sovereignty and territory" – if necessary, without legislative approval. The draft legislation, brought forward in response to China's newly-passed anti-secession law in expected to be formally presented sometime Monday. It [...]

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Following up on a report submitted last week to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon , the Israeli Cabinet Sunday agreed to remove the 24 Jewish outposts established on the Palestinian West Bank since Sharon took power in March 2001. Outposts – unofficial plantings of Isreali citizens in Palestinian territory to prevent the formation of a Palestinian [...]

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JURIST Guest Columnist Admiral John Hutson (Ret. USN), former Navy Judge Advocate General, President and Dean of Franklin Pierce Law Center, and now a party to the ACLU torture suit against Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, wonders what myriad reports of prisoner abuses by US military personnel say about the America we have become…. I recently [...]

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Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Monday, March 14. The US Senate convenes at 10 AM ET today to begin consideration of the FY 2006 budget resolution. Watch a live webcast of proceedings. The Senate Judiciary Committee Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship Subcommittee will hold a [...]

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Anti-Secession Law, adopted at the Third Session of the Tenth Chinese National People's Congress, March 14, 2005, providing in Article 8 for "non-peaceful means" of reunification with Taiwan as a last resort: In the event that the "Taiwan independence" secessionist forces should act under any name or by any means to cause the fact of [...]

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AP is reporting that in its Monday session in Beijing China's National People's Congress has approved an anti-secession law authorizing the use of "non-peaceful means" against Taiwan as a last resort in reunification. 9:02 PM ET – China's Xinhua news agency now has more and has posted the full text of the anti-secession law in [...]

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