Legal news from Thursday, June 12, 2008
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UK shadow Home Secretary resigned [statement text; video] his parliamentary seat Thursday in protest at House of Commons passage Wednesday of an anti-terror bill [materials; BBC Q/A] that would allow authorities to detain terror suspects without charge for up to 42 days [JURIST news archive]. Conservative Party frontbencher [read more]

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[JURIST] Ethiopian human rights practices in the eastern Ogaden region have come under attack in a new report [text, PDF; press release] from Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website], made public Thursday. The report details atrocities committed by both the Ethiopian military and the ethnic Somali group the Ogaden National [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Arizona State Legislature [official website] passed legislation [HB 2677, PDF] Wednesday barring the state from implementing the REAL ID Act of 2005 [PDF text; JURIST news archive]. The Arizona House voted 51-1 for the bill Wednesday; the Arizona Senate had approved the bill 21-7 on May 6. The [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwean police arrested opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] Secretary General Tendai Biti [profile] Thursday on suspicion of treason. Biti left Zimbabwe after the disputed March 29 elections [JURIST news archive] in which MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile] challenged current Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Convicted rapist and murderer Karl Eugene Chamberlain [State of Texas profile] was executed by lethal injection at a Texas prison Wednesday evening. His death marked the state's first execution since the US Supreme Court's April ruling in Baze v. Rees [opinion, PDF], in which the Court held that execution [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Singapore Second Foreign Minister Raymond Lim said in a speech Wednesday that the new human rights body of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website] should not set initial standards too high [AFP report] for the organization's member states. The terms and powers of the new human [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled Thursday in the consolidated cases of Munaf v. Geren and Geren v. Omar [Duke Law backgrounder; JURIST report] that federal courts have jurisdiction over habeas corpus petitions filed by American citizens detained abroad by US military personnel, even if [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] held in the consolidated cases of Boumediene v. Bush and Al-Odah v. United States [Duke Law backgrounder; JURIST report] Thursday that federal courts have jurisdiction to review habeas corpus petitions filed by Guantanamo detainees who have been classified as "enemy [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Sudanese UN ambassador Abdel-Mahmood Mohamed told Reuters [report] Wednesday that International Criminal Court (ICC) [official backgrounder] Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] is a terrorist. He said that the ICC's plan [Reuters report] to divert the plane of Minister for Humanitarian Affairs Ahmed Harun [TrialWatch profile] in order to [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down five decisions Thursday, including Republic of the Philippines v. Pimentel [Duke Law backgrounder; JURIST report], where the Court ruled that an interpleader action to determine ownership of assets held by former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos [official profile] cannot [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar law allows the continued detention of pro-democracy party leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the government-run New Light of Myanmar [media website] insisted in an editorial Wednesday. The editorial cited Myanmar's 1975 "Law Safeguarding the State from Dangers of Subversive Elements," which it said [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Israel [official website] Wednesday upheld [decision] a controversial law allowing the government to detain unlawful combatants suspected of belonging to terrorist groups. The Incarceration of Unlawful Combatants Law [text, PDF] allows the Chief of the General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] [read more]

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[JURIST] Malaysian Law Minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim [firm profile] Wednesday said legal reforms are needed to safeguard the independence of the country's judiciary. His remarks came in response to recent allegations that during his term of office, former PM Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad threatened to remove judges unless they [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper [profile] officially apologized [transcript; video] Wednesday for Canada's former Indian residential schools policy [CBC backgrounder], which was designed to aggressively assimilate aboriginal children. The school policy, which was in place from the 1870s to the 1970s, required aboriginal children to attend federally funded Christian [read more]

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