Legal news from Saturday, February 2, 2008
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi President Jalal Talabani [BBC profile] said Saturday that he supports a proposed law that would allow most members of Saddam Hussein's defunct Baath Party [BBC backgrounder] to return to their old positions in government. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki endorsed the Accountability and Justice Law [ICTJ backgrounder, PDF] [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Turkey needs to lift its ban on women wearing headscarves at universities in order to improve the country's chances of accession into the European Union (EU) [JURIST news archive], Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said Saturday. Turkey's Grand National Assembly [official website, in Turkish] is considering a bill [JURIST [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Taiwanese Central Election Commission [official site] said Friday that it has approved two separate referendums on whether to proceed with a proposed bid for United Nations (UN) [official website] membership. The referendums, first announced [JURIST report] in June by Taiwanese President Chen Shui-Bian [BBC profile], will coincide with [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Oregon [official website] ruled Friday that Oregon's domestic partnership law [HB 2007 text] should be allowed to take effect, saying that opponents of the law failed to gather the necessary signatures to place the law on the ballot for public referendum [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] has reached a settlement with two immigrants who said they were forcibly drugged with sedatives during deportation proceedings, CNN reported Friday. As part of the agreement, Raymond Soeoth, a minister from Indonesia, will receive $5,000 and will be allowed to stay [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] A New York state appeals court on Friday unanimously ruled [PDF text] that the state must legally recognize valid out-of-state same-sex marriages [NYCLU press release]. Patricia Martinez filed the lawsuit [case backgrounder] in Rochester, NY against her employer Monroe Community College (MCC) [acadmic website] after it denied her request [read more]

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