Legal news from Tuesday, March 25, 2003
19:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan met Tuesday at UN Headquarters in New York with US National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice:The Secretary-General repeated his public call on all parties involved in the war to meet their obligations towards civilians under international humanitarian law. He stressed that the United Nations was prepared [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Office of the UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator for Iraq released this overall report on the Iraq humanitarian situation late Tuesday:UN national staff, the ICRC [International Committee of the Red Cross] and NGOs continue assistance activities inside Iraq. In Baghdad, MSF [Medicins sans frontieres] staff are providing medical support at [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] More from Tuesday's DoD press conference with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: what we expect from the Iraqi regime is to treat any prisoners of war in accordance with the Geneva Convention. And part of that is that the International Red Cross ought to have access to them. In fact, [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] Speaking Tuesday at a Pentagon briefing, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld called deceptions by Iraqi soldiers purporting to surrender and then firing on American forces "serious violations of the law of war." "The [Iraqi] regime has committed acts of treachery on the battlefield," he said, "dressing their forces [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Press reports are saying that UN Security Council President Mamady Traore of Guinea, acting at the request of the Arab League and the Non-Aligned Movement, has called an open Security Council meeting on the Iraq war for 3 PM ET Wednesday.UPDATE [4:31 PM ET]: More details on Wednesday's scheduled [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] In a speech to the Malaysian Parliament, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has condemned the US-led war on Iraq as a breach of international law and a violation of the UN charter:The UN and international law are meaningless now. We have reverted to the Stone Age where might is right. [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] A report released Tuesday by the Brussels-based International Crisis Group [advocacy website] on potential political structures for post-Saddam Iraq rejects the alternatives of direct US authority and interim Iraqi authority in favor of a UN interim administration: [W]ho should run Iraq once hostilities have ceased? The first option, assumption [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Tuesday's UN humanitarian briefing from Amman, Jordan, on the situation in Iraq is now available online. In a related development, UNICEF issued a statement Tuesday saying it was "deeply troubled" over deteriorating conditions for Iraqi children, especially in the city of Basra, and urged the warring parties to abide [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Tuesday's field reports from the International Committee of the Red Cross [advocacy website] on the humanitarian situation in Iraq are now available online:In general:- Contacts are continuing with both sides concerning access to prisoners of war (POWs).Baghdad- The ICRC doctor has checked on the situation in several hospitals, which [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush Tuesday asked Congress to authorize a supplemental budget of $74.7 billion - almost 1% of the Gross Domestic Product - to pay for the war in Iraq and other military commitments ($62.6 billion), to provide humanitarian assistance for Iraqis ($2.4 billion), and to strengthen homeland defenses in [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Breaking news from DC Supreme Court litigators Goldstein & Howe [SCOTUSBlog post] - the US Supreme Court issued two decisions shortly after 10 AM ET this morning [links to Opinions courtesy Cornell's Legal Information Institute]: In Woodford v. Garceau, No. 01-1862, the Court reversed. Justice Thomas wrote the opinion, [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] In a statement [text] released in New York Tuesday, President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court [official website], Prince Zeid Raad Al Hussein of Jordan, announced that the States Parties had informally agreed to nominate and elect Luis Moreno Ocampo [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] On Tuesday the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs [official website] released, via ReliefWeb, the texts of two recent letters from the United States and Iraq to the UN Security Council. On March 20, US Ambassador to the UN John Negroponte officially informed the President of [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] In what can only be described as a timely development, the UN Security Council has launched a new website, the front page of which features a photo from a recent ministerial-level meeting on Iraq. [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] According to a story in the Australian press Tuesday, former Australian Human Rights Commissioner Chris Sidoti is urging Australian troops in Iraq not to hand-over prisoners of war to the United States unless they are certain their human rights will be protected: When we know for a fact that [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] In an interview with BBC Radio, Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri has said that in dealing with Coalition prisoners of war Iraq will be guided by the principles of Islam as well as the Geneva Conventions:First of all, we are committed to the teachings of Islam. We are faithful [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] In Tuesday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steve Levin notes that international law is often a casualty in wartime. University of Pittsburgh professor Jules Lobel is featured.... In the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Stephen Koff wonders whether the US violated the Geneva Conventions by photographing its blindfolded, shackled prisoners of the war on [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Santa Clara University School of Law [official website] has announced that Donald J. Polden, dean and professor of law at the University of Memphis School of Law has been named the new dean [SCU Law press release] at Santa Clara, succeeding Mack Player on July 1.... Tuesday's Indiana Digital [read more]

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