Legal news from Saturday, March 5, 2005
15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Thousands in Taiwan are expected to protest China's proposed anti-secession law [JURIST report] in demonstrations Sunday. The proposed legislation authorizes China to take military action if Taiwan declares formal independence from the mainland. In Saturday's the opening spring session [Xinhua report] of China's parliament, the National People's Congress [official [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Dutch Parliament's lower house [Parliament official website, English version] passed a new terror bill Friday that will lower the level of evidence needed to hold a terror suspect, allow the government to hold suspects for up to two weeks without filing charges, and require suspected terrorists to regularly [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Berlin administrative court Friday dismissed the title and reparation claim of Germany's largest department store operator, and ordered the government to pay compensation directly to the heirs of a Jewish family that owned property taken by the Nazi government 70 years ago. The property in question once belonged [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Coincidentally on the thirty-fifth anniversary of the entering into force on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [UN Secretary General statement], Iran said Saturday that it was unwilling to put a permanent end to enriching uranium and warned that further US-led efforts to push Iran before the UN Security Council would [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] American women delegates joined their counterparts from around the world meeting at the United Nations [UN conference summary] Friday to reaffirm a blueprint aimed at supporting global equality for women. The reaffirmation of the goals of the 1995 Beijing World Conference on Women [UN website] came after the US [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] A soldier from the Indiana National Guard [official website] will be court-martialed for the murder of an Iraqi police officer, the US Army said Friday. Corporal Dustin Berg is accused of killing Hussein Kamel Hadi Dawood Al-Dubeidi near Baghdad in December 2003 and then shooting himself. Berg, who received [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] In response to a Freedom of Information lawsuit [ACLU backgrounder and materials] by the American Civil Liberties Union [official website] over prisoner abuse in Iraq, the US Army released 1200 pages of documents on Friday. The documents cover 13 investigations into prisoner abuse that resulted in no charges due [read more]

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