Legal news from Friday, June 6, 2008
16:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Myanmar military government should investigate allegations that police opened fire on panicked prisoners during last month's devastating cyclone, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana [official website] said Friday. In a report [PDF text] to the UN Human Rights Council [official [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US should not try children under the age of 18 in military tribunals, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child [committee website] said in a report [PDF, text] released Friday as part of a periodic review of compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of three international judges in the ethnically-divided town of Mitrovica [municipality website, in Albanian] sentenced an ethnic Albanian man Friday to 40 years in prison for a 2001 bus bombing [UNMIK press release; CNN report] that killed 11 Serbs on a religious trip. Florim Ejupi was indicted [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal grand jury has indicted two former executives of Silicon Valley technology firm Broadcom [corporate website] in connection with a scheme to backdate company stock options. According to the indictment [PDF text] unsealed in federal court Thursday, firm co-founder Henry T. Nicholas III and former CEO William J. [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] A UK High Court judge has ordered [Reprieve press release] an expedited hearing on whether the UK government must turn over documents allegedly showing that the last British resident detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] was tortured. US military prosecutors last week charged [charge sheet, PDF; JURIST report] [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for the Japanese cabinet said Friday that the government would officially recognize the Ainu [backgrounder] - an ethnic minority mainly concentrated on Japan's Hokkaido island who traditionally lived by hunting, gathering and fishing - as an indigenous population after both houses of the country's parliament unanimously endorsed [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Department of Homeland Security's internal investigations department has reopened an investigation into the extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] of Canadian engineer Maher Arar [advocacy website; JURIST news archive], DHS Inspector General Richard Skinner [official profile] told a congressional subcommittee Thursday. Skinner said that new information contradicts an earlier [read more]

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[JURIST] Japan's Ministry of Justice [official website] indicated Thursday that it would revise a law which denied Japanese citizenship to the illegitimate children of Japanese fathers and foreign mothers. The Supreme Court of Japan [official website] ruled [JURIST report] Wednesday that Article 3 of the Nationality Law violated equal protection [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) [official website] released two new reports Friday detailing increased populations in American jails and prisons [BJS reports, PDF; BJS press release]. The reports show that the US prison population increased by 1.5 percent from mid-year 2006 to mid-year 2007, [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice filed a complaint [PDF, text; press release] Thursday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia against Honeywell International Inc. [corporate website], alleging that the company knowingly sold more than 1,700 defective bulletproof vests to US law enforcement and military agencies during [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Texas Court of Criminal Appeals judge announced [press release, DOC] Wednesday the creation of an oversight committee designed to increase the effectiveness of the state criminal-justice system and to ensure its procedures are both reasonable and legal. Judge Barbara Hervey [official profile] said that the Texas Criminal Justice [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Mexico urged the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] Thursday to stay the US executions [press release, PDF] of Mexican citizens until the Court can rule on the applicability of its holding in Avena and Other Mexican Nationals (Mexico v. United States of America) [ICJ materials], in which [read more]

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