Iraq's Human Rights Minister Bakhtiar Amin Friday praised the United Nations' preliminary report into corruption within the Oil-for-Food program , and called for those who participated to stand trial. The program's former director, Benon Sevan, is accused of repeatedly soliciting and getting Iraqi oil allocations for a trading firm connected to the family of former [...]

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Six senior UN human rights experts joined Friday to express their continuing concern over the situation of detainees at Guantanamo Bay . In a statement released in Geneva, UN committee chairs and rapporteurs on arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, torture, health standards and other human rights areas cited: lack of clarity concerning the legal basis for [...]

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US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday the human rights record of the Islamic government of Iran was "something to be loathed." Stopping short of calling for regime change, Rice suggested that the unelected religious leaders that run Iran should not be viewed as good for the Iranian people nor for the stability of [...]

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Former chess champion Garry Kasparov, who now works as a human rights activist, has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of creating a puppet judiciary to persecute opposition leaders. Kasparov compared Putin's recent appointment of an inexperienced jurist to the nation's highest arbitration court to Caligula's naming of a horse to the Senate. Kasparov's comments appeared [...]

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After pleading guilty earlier this week to charges of battery, dereliction of duty, and lying to Army investigators in connection with alleged alleged abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib, Sgt. Javal Davis Thursday asked jurors to show mercy in sentencing. Davis apologized for his actions, adding that he did not "want to see go [...]

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The US Navy announced Thursday that 3 additional prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay had been wrongly classified as "enemy combatants." The findings were made by Combatant Status Review Tribunals instituted after last July's Supreme Court ruling that Guantanamo prisoners had a right to challenge their detention. Earlier this week, US District Judge Joyce Hens Green [...]

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Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Friday, February 4. At the United Nations, the Security Council will hold a 10 AM ET meeting to hear the report of the Secretary-General on the Sudan. The meeting will be followed by closed consultations on the same subject. The [...]

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In Thursday's environmental law news, the EPA has filed a complaint against Puerto Rican agriculture company Martex Farms for violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) . The complaint lists 338 counts of violations that include not properly posting information on pesticides being used and not providing adequate decontamination supplies and protective [...]

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