International brief ~ EU verdict on Turkish accession set for Wednesday; early reports say membership bid may be put on hold

The European Commission (EU profile of Turkey here) is expected to publish its report on Turkey's bid for membership of the European Union sometime Wednesday. The report will review efforts made by Turkey to bring its political, legal, and human rights norms into compliance with EU standards and make recommendations on the Turkish bid. Itar-Tass News Agency is reporting that the Commission has in fact reported favorably on efforts taken by Turkey, but will not be not favoring immediate accession, recommending instead that the EU put a hold on admissions to the organization after the planned 2007 admission of Bulgaria and Romania, suggesting that in light of Turkey's efforts to comply with EU standards, it will be the first nation to be considered for admission after the hold, around 2015 to 2020. JURIST's Paper Chase has more on Turkey's bid for accession here. Itar-Tass has more.

In other international legal news...

  • Serbian Muslim Military Police Chief Naser Oric (background here) will stand trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia beginning Wednesday for allegations of war crimes committed against Bosnian Serbs by troops under his command and control. The charges include wanton destruction of cities/villages, plunder of private and public property, and murder and cruel treatment of civilians within an area of control. Read the official ICTY trial order here. Read the ICTY indictment of Oric here.

  • Mohamed ElBaradei, director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, stated Monday that South Korea must come clean about any other illicit nuclear testing it has performed in the past and must endeavor not to commit such mistakes again. ElBaradei, who is in Seoul this week for a science and technology conference, met with various South Korean leaders about the revealed nuclear tests conducted in 1982 and 2000 in enriching plutonium and uranium. ElBaradei said that if the tests were purely scientific - as the South Korean government has claimed - then there will be no legal action brought against the government by the IAEA, whose job it is to monitor all countries' use of nuclear technology. ElBaradei stated that further scientific tests would be permitted as long as they were declared to the IAEA in accordance with international law. Channel News Asia has more.

  • Russian FSB (official site in Russian) security officials have arrested 11 people in Nizhny Novgorod alleged to be members of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, a radical Islamic organization that was placed on the Russian list of banned entities last year. Hizb-ut-Tahrir is known for its desire to see the current Uzbekistan government replaced by a fundamentalist Islamic regime. The organization had previously declared its intent to do this through non-violent methods, but recent arrests, including those made Monday, have discovered alleged weapons caches, comprising assault rifles and grenade launchers. Human rights groups allege that Hizb-ut-Tahrir is being targeted in order to stamp out radical Islam in Uzbekisitan rather than a legitimate anti-terror effort. ISN has more.

 

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