Legal news from Sunday, September 17, 2006
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] About 14,000 people are currently being detained by the US in overseas prisons in uncertain legal circumstances, the Associated Press reported Sunday. Some 13,000 are being held in Iraq. US officials have told the Red Cross that 70 to 90 percent of the tens of thousands of Iraqis detained [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Women's rights activists in Pakistan [JURIST news archive] urged the government Sunday to suspend controversial religious laws that make it extremely difficult to prosecute rapists in the country. The Pakistan parliament [official website] delayed [JURIST report] the introduction of a revised 2006 Protection of Women Bill [BBC report] as [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith [official profile] called on the US Saturday to close down Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] at an International Bar Association event [event information] in Chicago. While acknowledging that the September 11 attacks [JURIST news archive] required a response to terrorism, he stressed that key [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Losing leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish; BBC profile] established a parallel government [press release, in Spanish] for Mexico Saturday representing what he called a "true, authentic republic" in the wake of a late-August electoral court rule certifying his defeat. Supporters of Lopez Obrador [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Thousands of protestors took to the streets across South Africa Saturday demonstrating against same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] as South Africa's parliament prepares to hold hearings on a bill that would place same-sex partnerships on equal footing with traditional marriage. The parliament is set to debate [JURIST report] the [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush used his weekly radio address [recorded audio; transcript] Saturday to reiterate his call [JURIST report] to members of Congress to pass his proposed legislation [PDF text; White House fact sheet] on military commissions [JURIST news archive] for terror detainees. Bush focused his remarks on provisions that would [read more]

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