Legal news from Wednesday, May 25, 2005
20:05 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari [CBS news profile] has asked the UN Security Council [official website] to renew resolution 1546 [UN summary], authorizing a US-led multinational force [MNF-Iraq official website] to remain in Iraq. Citing the latest wave of violence and the limited number of trained Iraqi security forces, [read more]

19:05 EDT

[JURIST] Hong Kong acting Chief Executive Donald Tsang [BBC profile] tendered his resignation Wednesday, shortly after the Legislative Council [official website, English] passed a controversial amendment to the Chief Executive Election Ordinance that will cut short the term of the next chief executive. Tsang's resignation will allow him to campaign [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's international brief, South Africa's Constitutional Court [government website] has issued a unanimous ruling ordering the South African Department of Justice to expedite the alternative sentencing of the 62 individuals currently sitting on death row. South Africa [government website] placed a moratorium on all executions in 1989 and [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] After three hours of talks Wednesday, Iran agreed to maintain a suspension of its nuclear program while European Union foreign ministers agreed to come up with further proposals and give them to Iran in July or August of this year. The European group, including ministers from Britain, Germany, and [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] With the last ten opinion polls putting the no [Gaullist website] camp ahead, suggesting that the European Union constitutional treaty will be rejected when French voters go to the polls Sunday, those members of the yes [Ensemble pour le "oui" website] campaign not resigned to losing are desperate to [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Activists calling for a boycott of the government-supported referendum [JURIST report] on constitutional changes to clear the way for multi-candidate presidential elections in Egypt were beaten and arrested by policemen and supporters of President Hosni Mubarak [official website] on Wednesday. The demonstrators say the referendum offers no real democratic [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate on Wednesday confirmed Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen [court profile] to the US Circuit Court of Appeals by a 56-43 vote that fell largely along party lines. The vote was the first to confirm one of President Bush's disputed judicial nominees and was made possible [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] International donors and African countries meet Thursday to discuss increasing their support for the African Union's peacekeeping efforts. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and AU Chairman Alpha Oumar Konaré will host the conference, which will bring together officials from the United States, European Union countries and African nations to increase [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International Wednesday released [press release] its 2005 Report [overview], condemning governments for failing to show principled leadership, betraying promises on human rights, failing to confront their lack of success with fighting terrorism, and persisting with failed but politically convenient strategies. The report says US policies which came to [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Indiana governor Mitch Daniels refused [press release] to grant clemency or a 90-day stay of execution for Gregory Scott Johnson, a convicted murderer [Indiana Supreme Court's denial of post conviction relief] who hoped to give his kidney and liver to his sister, who suffers from non-alcoholic hepatitis. In a [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), has dropped her plan to use procedural delays to postpone a debate on the nomination of John Bolton [official profile] to become US Ambassador to the United Nations. Senate Majority leader Bill Frist (R-TN) plans to begin the debate on Bolton's nomination on Wednesday [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US House voted 238-194 Tuesday to loosen restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research and the legislation now goes to the Senate, where it has strong bi-partisan support. However, President Bush has promised [Washington Post report] to veto the bill. Under the Stem Cell Research Enhancement [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] Justice Emmanuel Olayinka Ayoola [profile], President of the Special Court of Sierra Leone [official website], the tribunal created by the UN to hear cases of serious crimes committed during the West African country's civil war, warned [SCSL statement, PDF] the UN Security Council Tuesday that the court was close [read more]

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