Legal news from Wednesday, August 15, 2007
19:08 EDT

[JURIST] At least 10,000 supporters of Thailand's former ruling party protested Wednesday against a proposed draft constitution [JURIST report], as an August 19 national referendum looms. Members of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra's dissolved Thai Rak Thai party (TRT) [JURIST report] also appeared at the Bangkok rally, organized by the People [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Cuban government has released a second imprisoned political dissident in less than a week, the National Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) [El Pais backgrounder, in Spanish] said Wednesday. Labor movement activist Lazaro Gonzalez Adan was imprisoned in 2004 after refusing police orders to remove quotes [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] More than 300 Kenyan journalists marched in the capital city of Nairobi Wednesday, voicing their opposition to a provision in a proposed law that would give courts the authority to force journalists to disclose confidential sources. The provision, part of a proposal to establish an independent council to adjudicate [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Jurors in the terror trial of Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] and co-defendants Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi [GlobalSecurity profiles] began deliberations Wednesday after federal prosecutors and defense lawyers completed closing arguments [JURIST report]. All three defendants are accused [JURIST report] of conspiring to murder US nationals, [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian judiciary spokesperson Alireza Jamshidi confirmed Wednesday that Iranian authorities have detained journalists Masoud Bastani, Farshed Gorbanpour, and Soheli Assefi, accusing the three of "publishing false statements and lies" about the Islamic Republic of Iran. Jamshidi said that Assefi, who has been detained since August 4 [RSF report], has [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] US forces in Iraq have detained an additional 5,000 people in the four months since the "troop surge" instituted by the Multi-National Force - Iraq (MNF-I) [official website], increasing the number of detainees in American custody from approximately 18,000 to 23,000, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. Detainees held in [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and ranking Republican Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) have asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to postpone its implementation of proposed guidelines intended to limit how federal courts can review state-issued death sentences. In a letter sent to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Southern African Development Community (SADC) [official website] should deploy observers to monitor the status of human rights in Zimbabwe, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged in a briefing paper [PDF text] released Tuesday. HRW Africa director Peter Takirambudde called on SADC members to "take strong and effective [read more]

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