Legal news from Tuesday, May 9, 2006
20:05 EDT

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly Tuesday elected 47 member states to founding seats on the new UN Human Rights Council [official website; JURIST news archive]. The successful candidates included Russia and China, which recently have come under US criticism [JURIST report on Cheney Russia speech; JURIST report on US House [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] After Iranian lawmakers on Sunday sent a letter [JURIST report] to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan threatening to withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) [PDF text] if Annan and other members of the UN Security Council [official website] failed "in their crucial responsibility to resolve differences peacefully" with regard [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] A 13-member delegation of European Union [official website; JURIST news archive] officials arrived in Washington on Tuesday and began meeting with Bush administration officials, members of the US House and Senate and other officials in Washington as part of a European Parliament inquiry [official website] into whether European countries [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] As debate continues in Kuwait [government website; JURIST news archive] over whether to amend the country's constitution [text] to make changes to election law, Kuwaiti information minister Anas al-Rasheed [Ministry of Information website] has submitted his resignation as a protest against any proposed amendments. A Kuwaiti official said that [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Nepal's government on Tuesday annulled a media ordinance promulgated by King Gyanendra [official profile] during his 15-month absolute rule to muzzle press that criticized his seizure of power [JURIST report] in February 2005. The ordinance was criticized both in Nepal and internationally as it increased punishment of journalists and [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [HRW backgrounder] began hearing its first genocide case Tuesday with the opening of the trial of 11 Bosnian Serbs [case backgrounder] charged [indictment, PDF] for their role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Less than two months after New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer [official website] launched a $250 million lawsuit [complaint, PDF; JURIST report] against H&R Block [corporate website] for fraudulently coaxing its customers into a retirement account plan that lost them money, Spitzer has amended the complaint [PDF text; press [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] An increasing number of small businesses are going private in order to avoid disproportionately higher costs of complying with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act [PDF text], according to a new report [PDF text] from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) [official website]. Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) [official website] and Mike Enzi (R-WY) [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Estonia on Tuesday became the fifteenth nation to ratify the European Constitution [text; JURIST news archive]. The ratification is expected to have little effect on the charter after rejections of the document by France [JURIST report] and the Netherlands [JURIST report] last year brought debate about the charter to [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] An FBI investigation into the activities of former CIA Executive Director and number-three agency official Kyle "Dusty" Foggo [Wikipedia profile] has intensified after Foggo's resignation Monday. The FBI probe is looking into whether Foggo took steps to improperly aid his high school friend Brent R. Wilkes' company ADCS [company [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for Thailand's Supreme Court said Tuesday that when new parliamentary elections are held, the country's highest courts will take a leading role in guaranteeing free and open elections. The announcement comes one day after the Constitutional Court of Thailand [official website] invalidated the results [JURIST report] of [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's international brief, US President George W. Bush [official profile] has announced [press briefing transcript] that the United States will be asking the UN Security Council [official website] to accelerate Sudan's acceptance of UN troops to supplement the struggling African Union peacekeeping mission currently attempting to enforce a [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] In the wake of the US government's decision to transfer [DOD press release] five Chinese Uighur men from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] to Albania, the Chinese government on Tuesday denounced the move as a violation of international law and demanded the return of the men to China. A [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] In a reversal of judgment, the American Bar Association [group website] on Monday lowered its rating of White House aide and nominee to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Brett Kavanaugh [White House backgrounder] from "well qualified" to "qualified" [ratings, PDF]. A majority of committee members [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] JURIST [FAQ] has won the Webby People's Voice Award [poll website; Webby Awards website] as the best Law website of 2006. Called the "online Oscars" by TIME magazine and presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences [profession website], the "Webbys" are the leading international awards honoring [read more]

06:05 EDT

[JURIST Europe] Lawyers acting for former Kenyan transport minister Chris Murungaru [Wikipedia profile] will appear in the High Court [UK Court Service website] in London on Tuesday to challenge a travel ban [JURIST report] imposed last summer to prevent him entering the country. The ban appears to have been prompted [read more]

05:05 EDT

[JURIST Europe] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] Monday sentenced [ICTY press release] former Bosnia Croat militia commander Ivica Rajic to twelve years in prison [ICTY judgment, text] for leading an October 1993 attack against civilians living in Stupni Do, a Bosnian Muslim village. Originally [read more]

03:05 EDT

[JURIST Europe] New UK Home Secretary John Reid [official profile] admitted on Monday that the number of serious offenders among convicted foreign criminals released from custody in the UK by administrative error [JURIST report] before deportation reviews may be double of what was first suspected. The new figure given by [read more]

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