Legal news from Thursday, April 13, 2006
18:04 EDT

[JURIST] The French Senate [official website] Thursday voted 158-123 to approve compromise labor legislation [legislative materials] to replace the controversial CPE First Employment Contract [JURIST news archive; JURIST document], completing a governmental retreat from the controversial youth job plan that would have stripped young workers of job protection. The bill, [read more]

17:04 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for the Swedish Foreign Ministry [official website] told AFP Thursday that under its current legal structure, Sweden would not be able to incarcerate former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] following his war crimes trial, but that it could reconsider the request if its [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Iran [JURIST news archive] is permitted to develop a civil nuclear program and its resumption of uranium processing does not violate the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), a leading British lawmaker said Thursday. Labor Party MP Jeremy Corbyn [official website], vice-chairman of the parliamentary Human Rights group, said in a [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] Wednesday sentenced a former Rwandan mayor to 15 years in prison for his participation in the 1994 genocide [BBC backgrounder] that the Rwandan government estimates left at least 937,000 Tutsis and some Hutus dead. Paul Bisengimana, 58, [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Convicted 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui [BBC profile] took the witness stand for the second time [JURIST report] in his sentencing trial [JURIST news archive; case docket] Thursday and lambasted his court-appointed defense attorneys for failing to move the proceeding away from Alexandria, VA, only a few miles away from [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's environmental law brief, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court [official website] has ruled [PDF opinion text] that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) [official website] has the authority to adopt stormwater rules [NJDEP backgrounder] that create 300 foot buffers along designated reservoirs, [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Nepal's King Gyanendra [official website; BBC profile] has called for general elections and has promised dialogue with the opposition. Opposition political parties have been staging pro-democracy protests [JURIST news archive] for over a week, calling on Gyanendra to abdicate his throne and allow free national [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The majority of the provisions in the UK Terrorism Act 2006 [PDF text; Home Office backgrounder] took effect Thursday amidst criticism from rights groups that the measure stifles freedom of speech and will lead to the prosecutions of legitimate political protestors. The law, prompted by the July 7 London [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Egypt has released approximately 950 former militants from the Islamic group Gamaa Islamiya [Wikipedia backgrounder] over the last several days, according to lawyers for the prisoners. Some had been held as long as 25 years. The government began small-scale releases in the 1990s after the group's leaders declared a [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Police in Nepal Thursday fired rubber bullets at a peaceful rally of lawyers in the capital Kathmandu, injuring four. Seventeen other lawyers were injured when police charged with batons. 72 lawyers were arrested in total. The lawyers were holding a silent rally demanding democracy, the rule of law and [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Women in Iraq had better quality of life and received more respect for their rights under Saddam Hussein's regime than the current system, according to a survey conducted by the Baghdad-based Woman Freedom Organization [advocacy website]. According to the group, women's rights were guaranteed in the constitution under Saddam, [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] A medical officer in the British Royal Air Force [official website] was found guilty Thursday of five charges laid against him for refusing to go to Iraq [JURIST report] for a third tour of duty. Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith [BBC profile] was dismissed from the military, sentenced to eight [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official profile] testified [transcript, PDF] Thursday before a government commission and said that he had not seen several cables [press conference, text] sent to his office which were meant to warn the Australian government that the country's leading wheat exporter was paying kickbacks to [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for former vice-presidential Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense profile; JURIST news archive] said in a court filing Wednesday that Libby told a grand jury two years ago that President Bush and Vice President Cheney had authorized him to released previously classified information in response to [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile] on Thursday expressed shock and dismay [press release] at the use of violence and arbitrary detention by police and security forces in the ongoing unrest [JURIST news archive] over pro-democracy protests in Nepal [JURIST news archive]. Arbour issued a [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) [official website] has called for a quick return to the debate on immigration reform [JURIST news archive] when the Senate reconvenes on April 25. In a letter [text] to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) [official website], Reid noted the large demonstrations [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's international brief, the US and UK representatives to the UN Security Council [official website] introduced a list of four individuals in Sudan [government website] that they allege have taken active steps to frustrate the attempted peace process in the Darfur region [JURIST news archive]. The list includes [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Judges in Italy Thursday began examining some 43,000 problematic ballots to see whether including them in official returns might change the result of a national parliamentary election [Wikipedia backgrounder] held April 9-10 that seems to have given former center-left prime minister Romano Prodi [campaign website, in Italian] a narrow [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Vladimir Kovacevic [ICTY case backgrounder], a Serbian commander charged with war crimes [second amended indictment] for his part in the 1991 attack [BBC report] on the Croatian city of Dubrovnik, has been declared unfit to stand trial because of mental illness by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former [read more]

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