Legal news from Sunday, August 6, 2006
14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Radhika Coomaraswamy [official profile], the Sri Lankan human rights lawyer now serving as UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict [official website], said in an interview with AFP published Sunday that UN officials are very concerned that a new form of warfare targeting civilian institutions [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Israel has arrested a Hezbollah [US State Dept. backgrounder; BBC backgrounder] guerrilla who is believed to have taken part in the July 12 raid which captured two Israeli soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser [Wikipedia profile] and Eldad Regev [Wikipedia profile], the Israeli Army announced Sunday.The Hezbollah member was captured in Lebanon [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Hong Kong's Legislative Council [official website, in English] passed a controversial surveillance law 32-0 Sunday, despite more than five days of deliberations and a vote boycott by 25 members of the pro-democracy opposition. The Interception of Communications and Surveillance Bill [text, PDF] allows surveillance operations, including phone tapping and [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani [BBC profile] said Sunday that Iran will continue to expand its uranium enrichment program despite the UN Security Council resolution [JURIST report] setting an August 31 deadline for the country to halt nuclear activities. Larijani stated that "such resolutions won't have any impact [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] A military hearing for the five US Army soldiers now charged [JURIST report] in connection with the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the murder of her family in Mahmudiya [JURIST news archive] began Sunday with testimony by unidentified Iraqi witnesses. The Article 32 hearing [Navy [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] US governors attending the annual meeting of the National Governors Association [official website] that got under way Saturday in Charleston, South Carolina, are opposing a bill [NGA letter] in Congress that would allow the president to take over the National Guard [official website] without the consent of governors during [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Bolivian constitutional convention championed by President Evo Morales [BBC profile] was set to open Sunday with the goal of rewriting the country's constitution [text]. Morales and his Movement Towards Socialism party [party website, in Spanish; Wikipedia backgrounder] have urged constitutional changes designed to benefit the majority indigenous Indian [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Mexico leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish] has vowed to continue with street demonstrations after the Federal Electoral Tribunal [official website, in Spanish] on Saturday rejected his request for a full ballot-by-ballot recount [JURIST report] of all votes cast in the July 2 presidential [read more]

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