Legal news from Thursday, March 27, 2003
21:03 EDT

[JURIST] In a statement released Thursday (local time) in northern Iraq, Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] said that US forces have a responsibility to prevent the eruption of inter-ethnic violence as they prepare an assault on the city of Kirkuk. [W]idespread reprisal killings, retaliatory forced displacement, and other acts of [read more]

21:03 EDT

[JURIST] According to press reports, the US House of Representatives Thursday passed a resolution calling on Iraq to respect the terms of the Geneva Conventions concerning treatment of prisoners of war (the actual text of the resolution, H.Con.Res. 118, is not yet available from THOMAS [official website]). And in other [read more]

21:03 EDT

[JURIST] From Qatar News Agency:BAGHDAD, MARCH 27 (QNA) - IRAQ DENIED A CHARGE BY BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR ON THURSDAY THAT IT HAD EXECUTED BRITISH SOLDIERS CAPTURED IN THE U.S.-LED WAR ON IRAQ. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH ABU DHABI TELEVISION, IRAQI INFORMATION MINISTER MOHAMMAD SAEED AL-SAHAF SAID THAT BLAIR [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] US ambassador John Negroponte walked out of the UN Security Council Thursday as his Iraqi counterpart blasted the United States in a spontaneous and impassioned speech at the end of Thursday's UN Security Council open meeting on Iraq. Watch recorded video of the speech - and Negroponte's exit - [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin spoke Thursday to the International Institute for Strategic Studies for London on the theme "Law, Force and Justice": Through the Iraq crisis, two different understandings of the world are coming head to head. They reflect different relationships between law and force, between international [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Excerpts from statements by Coalition partners Britain and the United States made in today's continued UN Security Council open meeting on Iraq:JEREMY GREENSTOCK (United Kingdom) said that many speakers had referred to the 12-year period in which the peaceful disarmament of Iraq was again and again attempted by the [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Central Command said Thursday that, as it was now sure US guided munitions released early Wednesday morning (ET) had hit their targets in Baghdad, the market bombing that killed at least 14 civilians could be the work of an errant, and perhaps old, Iraq surface-to-air missile. The CENTCOM [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] From Thursday's US Central Command briefing [transcript] in Qatar:Our field commanders report that in the vicinity of An Najaf, as one example, Iraqi regime forces are seizing children from their homes, telling their families that the males must fight for the regime or they will all face execution.International law [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] From Thursday's UN humanitarian briefing in Amman, Jordan:Q: Michael Jansen, Irish Times: Yesterday a British military briefing officer in Qatar confirmed that they were using Depleted Uranium [tank shells]. What would the legal, health, environmental implications of the use of these shells?Q: These weapons are not addressed by any [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation surveys some of the legalities of war... [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] In a statement released in London Thursday in the wake of Iraqi accusations made Wednesday that Coalition forces were using cluster bombs [UPI report], Amnesty International [advocacy website] called upon the US, UK and Iraqi authorities to immediately halt the use of "weapons which are inherently indiscriminate or otherwise [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Here are summaries of key statements made so far in today's continued UN Security Council open meeting on Iraq [live video]: PAUL HEINBECKER (Canada) said that the Council was meeting at a dark hour. He had hoped that a compromise would have been possible and that the Iraqi regime [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] A heated, unscheduled debate on the legality of the war in Iraq erupted Thursday at the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. A representative of Syria ignited the exchange by saying the war had nothing to do with international law but was "the law of the jungle", and thousands [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Thursday's Iraq humanitarian situation report is now available from the UN Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq. Highlights:The security situation at the dividing lines between the centre/south and three northern governorates is unstable because of ongoing air attacks and reports of sporadic shelling. Elsewhere in the north the [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Speaking at Camp David Thursday, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair accused Iraq of executing [BBC News report] the two British soldiers whose bodies were shown on television Wednesday, an act which he described as "yet one more flagrant breach of all the proper conventions of war."Article 13 of the [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The BBC reports that US President Bush and UK Prime Minister Blair, meeting at Camp David, say they will seek UN resolutions to secure humanitarian relief and an "appropriate post-war administration" for Iraq. Recorded video of their Thursday morning press conference is now available from the White House. [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Speaking Thursday at the 59th General Assembly of the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva following a Commission decision - previously reported in JURIST's Paper Chase - not to hold a special session to debate humanitarian and human rights consequences of the current conflict in Iraq, UN High Commissioner [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Thursday's field reports from the International Committee of the Red Cross [advocacy website] on humanitarian conditions in Iraq yesterday (March 26) are now online. From Baghdad: The ICRC doctor and his assistant visited four hospitals treating war-wounded patients (Baghdad has 33 hospitals in total but the ICRC focuses primarily [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Speaking to reporters Thursday morning (ET) at UN Headquarters in New York, UNMOVIC [official website] chairman Dr. Hans Blix said that he has not been advised by Coalition forces that Iraq has used any proscribed weapons - SCUD missiles, chemical or biological agents. He said he did not think [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Wednesday's report from the UN Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq [report text] is now available online. [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] According to a Reuters report Thursday, the UN Commission on Human Rights [official website] has rejected a call by eight countries, including Russia and Syria, for a special sitting of the Commission to consider "the human rights and humanitarian situation in Iraq as a consequence of the war". Australia, [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] reconvenes today to continue its debate on the Iraq war. Watch live video from the UN [because of high traffic on the UN servers, connectivity may be intermittent]. [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] On AP Thursday, Jane Macartney says that preventive war opens the way to new rules on conflict.... New Zealand law professor and Member of Parliament Wayne Map explains in the National Business Review why the Iraq war is legal.... Lee Bowman of Scripps Howard News Service notes that military [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] A full summary of the almost 5-hour debate on the Iraq war [summary] in the UN Security Council Wednesday is now available online from the UN Press Office. Here are excerpts from summaries of some of the more notable statements: YAHYA MAHMASSANI, Observer for the League of Arab States, [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] David Walker has been named the new Dean of Drake University Law School [official website].... Speaking at Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law on March 24, CUA professor Michael Noone argued that "just war" doctrine is improperly understood [CUA press release] by most of those citing it [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] JURIST's Paper Chase is pre-empting most of its regular coverage to bring you breaking news, rolling updates, analysis, primary texts and multimedia resources on legal aspects of the war in Iraq, together with reports on unfolding humanitarian conditions governed by the Geneva Conventions and other international instruments. Your comments [read more]

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