Legal news from Saturday, December 10, 2005
17:12 EDT

[JURIST] Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz [official profile] said Saturday in a television interview that he will order an investigation into reports that the CIA ran a secret detention facility in Poland. Allegations have been circulating in press reports and human rights group statements for over a month, and were [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] During his weekly radio address [transcript] Saturday, President George W. Bush urged Congress to limit debate on the bill [summary] reauthorizing sections of the Patriot Act [PDF text; JURIST news archive] and vote soon on the compromise [JURIST report] announced by House and Senate Republicans on Thursday. The President [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Retired Croatian general Ante Gotovina [BBC profile; ICTY case backgrounder], has been transferred to the detention facility of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] Saturday following his arrest [JURIST report] in Spain Wednesday. According to the ICTY [text], Gotovina is charged with " persecutions, murder, plunder [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] At a conference in New Delhi Saturday, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] launched a new code of Customary International Humanitarian Law [ICRC press release; ICRC summary] setting down universal and customary rules of combat for internal and international warfare. Originally published in March 2005, [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Germany's new foreign minister Frank Walter Steinmeier [BBC profile] Saturday denied allegations that German officials may have aided the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] in the December 2003 abduction of German citizen Khaled El-Masri [ACLU profile], who has filed a lawsuit charging the US with wrongful imprisonment [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US said Friday that it would not allow the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] access to a limited number of detainees [JURIST news archive] who are held in secret locations around the world. It is the first time the US has admitted that it [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense [official website] announced [press release] Friday that it has extended an invitation to special representative Anne-Marie Lizin [Wikipedia profile] of the 55-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe [official website] to visit the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], Cuba. [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] At the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) [official website] which ended Saturday in Montreal, states party to the Kyoto Protocol [PDF text; JURIST news archive] agreed to extend the life of the Protocol and begin a new dialogue with the US. Members agreed to start talks regarding [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US government urged the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] in court papers filed Friday to withdraw its September 9, 2005 opinion [PDF text; JURIST report] which denied the habeas petition of Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive], the American "dirty bomb" suspect, and allowed the government [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] UN Under-Secretary-General Jan Egeland [official profile], the UN humanitarian relief coordinator, told the UN Security Council [official website] Friday not to weaken a proposed resolution on protecting civilians in war zones, reminding delegations of the 26 million people forced from their homes due to violence in Northern Uganda, Sudan, [read more]

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