Legal news from Sunday, February 12, 2006
20:02 EDT

[JURIST] Two members of Haiti's nine-member Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) [official website] supervising the country's presidential election claimed late Sunday that the vote was being manipulated after discrepancies appeared on the election website. Figures reported on the site showed leading candidate [JURIST report] and former president Rene Preval [Wikipedia profile] [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Montenegro [government website] has set April 30th [RFE report] as the date for a nationwide referendum for independence from Serbia. Serbia and Montenegro [JURIST news archive] are the only two surviving republics of the former Yugoslavia, which broke apart in the 1990s during the regime of former president Slobodan [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] German officials are in talks with their US counterparts for the release of a German-born man who has been held in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] for almost four years. Murat Kurnaz [Amnesty International case sheet; chronology, PDF], a Turkish national, was detained in Pakistan in 2001 on suspicion [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] China [JURIST news archive] Sunday issued it first guidelines on HIV/AIDS [JURIST news archive], banning discrimination against those infected by the virus and providing for free treatment. The new guidelines were promulgated in response to the already-large number of people with HIV/AIDS in the country [Avert.org backgrounder] - currently [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Insisting his was a country where freedom prevailed, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [Prime Ministry website] Saturday expressly condemned a new ruling by Turkey's high administrative court that a teacher should be refused promotion because of her decision to wear a religious headscarf outside of her classes. Religious [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Yemen [official website] has announced it will prosecute the editors of three privately owned Yemeni newspapers, the Yemen Observer [media website in English], al-Ra'i el-Am and al-Huriya, for offending Islam after the newspapers reprinted caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive] that have prompted worldwide [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein chief defense counsel Khalil Dulaimi [JURIST news archive] and an associate told reporters Sunday that Saddam and his seven co-defendants would begin a hunger strike Monday to protest the legitimacy of the proceedings against them but shortly thereafter retracted the statement, saying a strike was discussed but [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Britain's Ministry of Defense [official website] has said it will launch an investigation into video images published Sunday in the British News of the World [report; full video] tabloid which show British soldiers beating four young Iraqi men they detained after a street disturbance in southern Iraq in 2004. [read more]

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