Legal news from Sunday, April 10, 2005
16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese officials say they will ask China's top legislative panel, the Standing Committee [committee functions] of the National People's Congress [overview], to settle a term limit dispute between Beijing and pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong. The issue arose last month when Hong Kong's Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa announced his [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian Parliament will vote Tuesday on opposition-proposed amendment to Bill C-38 [text of the bill in English and French], the federal legislation that would extend civil marriage to same sex couples. The amendment introduced by federal Conservative party leader Stephen Harper [official profile] would reverse the intent of [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] France's far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen [Wikipedia profile], who surprised observers with his strong performance in the 2002 French presidential election, has called for voters to reject the proposed European Constitution [PDF, text of draft treaty] in a May 29th referendum. Le Pen has called the document "an instrument [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Survivors mourned the thousands killed and urged people to be vigilant against hate in marking the 60th anniversary [Reuters report] of the liberation of the Buchenwald [Wikipedia article], concentration camp in Germany on Sunday. Their message echoed that of a similar gathering held at Auschwitz [CNN report] in January. [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Cardinal Bernard Law [Wikipedia profile], who resigned as the Archbishop of Boston in 2002 amid accusations that he covered up sexual abuse of children by priests {JURIST news archive], will on Monday lead one of nine memorial masses for Pope John Paul II. Members of the Survivors Network of [read more]

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