Legal news from Thursday, November 23, 2006
21:11 EDT

[JURIST] The South African Constitutional Court [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Thursday that same-sex partners in a permanent relationship have the same inheritance rights as married heterosexual couples [media summary], and that a surviving partner could therefore take by intestacy as a deceased partner's heir. It declared that existing South [read more]

20:11 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court [official website; JURIST news archive] chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] said Thursday that the tribunal could start its first formal trial in 2007 [Reuters report] if judges confirmed charges against Congo militia leader Thomas Lubanga [Trial Watch backgrounder; JURIST news archive], and was almost ready [read more]

18:11 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that Microsoft [corporate website; JURIST news archive] had filed new technical documentation with it in a last-minute bid to comply with a March 2004 Commission antitrust ruling [text, PDF; background materials] ordering it to disclose information allowing non-Microsoft servers to [read more]

18:11 EDT

[JURIST] Some 25,000 Rwandans gathered in a sports stadium in the capital Kigale Thursday to protest a French judge's issuance of arrest warrants for nine top Rwandan officials on suspicion of involvement in the 1994 downing of the plane carrying then-President Juvenal Habyariman [Wikipedia profile], whose death triggered a genocide [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Conservative Party Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined with Ontario Liberal Party Premier Dalton McGinty and Toronto Mayor David Mills Thursday to lay out [speech transcript; recorded audio] the terms of proposed federal gun crime legislation [press release] being introduced in the Canadian House of Commons that would put [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan's Senate [official website] Thursday approved a reformed rape law that allows rape cases to be tried in either secular or Islamic courts, reduces the evidentiary burden necessary for conviction, and substitutes a fine and five-year prison term for persons found guilty of having sex outside of marriage. The [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission's Article 29 Data Protection Working Party [official website] reported Thursday that the Belgium-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) [official website] violated European privacy laws when it released information about cross-border wire transfers by European citizens to the US government. The draft report had been [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Kentucky Supreme Court [official website] ruled [PDF] Wednesday that the state's use of a three-drug lethal injection [DPIC backgrounder] does not violate the constitution because the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment "does not require a complete absence of pain." The unanimous decision upholds a lower court ruling [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council Wednesday voted unanimously to approve a request from Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora for the UN commission probing the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive] to also investigate Tuesday's murder of anti-Syrian Lebanese Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel [BBC [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly's Third Committee [official website] on Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs approved draft resolutions [press release] Wednesday denouncing both Belarus and Myanmar [JURIST news archives] (formerly Burma) for human rights violations. The Belarus resolution, introduced by the United States and passed by a vote of 70 [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Hunger-striking Serbian war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj [BBC profile; ICTY case backgrounder] refused to attend a preliminary hearing Wednesday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website], saying his voice was too weak to be able to participate. Seselj went on hunger strike [JURIST report] early [read more]

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