Legal news from Friday, March 21, 2008
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The National Assembly of Bulgaria [official website] Friday voted 195-15 to approve the new EU reform treaty [JURIST news archive], properly known as the Treaty of Lisbon [official website; PDF text]. Ten members of the nationalist Ataka party [party website] and five independent MPs voted against ratification, calling instead [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] A district court in the Netherlands agreed Friday to hear a lawsuit filed by the Dutch Islamic Federation seeking to ban the release of a film that criticizes the Quran. Dutch right-wing lawmaker Geert Wilders [personal website, in Dutch] plans to release a 15-minute movie titled "Fitna," said to [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Protests resumed in the Armenian capital city of Yerevan after the government Friday lifted a 20-day state of emergency [JURIST report] imposed earlier this month in the wake of the country's contested presidential election. Armenian President Robert Kocharian [official website] declared the state of emergency after protesters demonstrated against [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors have opened separate murder investigations after two journalists were found dead Friday. Ilyas Shurpayev [personal blog], a correspondent for Russia's state-run Channel One [media website, in Russian], was found dead with stab wounds and a belt around his neck when firefighters responded to a fire, apparently set [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Friday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee[party website] for refusing to seat Florida's Democratic delegation at its national convention. Florida Democratic Party activist Victor DiMaio brought the lawsuit in September 2007, arguing that under Article II [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] A quarter of criminal defendants in Cambodian courts are tortured or coerced into giving confessions, a statistic that has not changed since last year, according to an annual report [PDF text] released Thursday by Center for Social Development (CSD) [advocacy website]. The report found that:Although duress is prohibited in [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese officials have ordered the closure of 25 video-sharing websites in a recent crackdown on Internet content considered pornographic, violent, or a threat to national security, the Chinese State Administration of Radio, Film and Television [official website, in Chinese] said Friday. Under rules that went into effect earlier this [read more]

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