Legal news from Friday, June 20, 2008
16:06 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website; JURIST news archive] Friday refused to move [ruling, PDF] the trial of suspected war criminal Ildephonse Hategekimana [TrialWatch profile] to the Rwandan domestic courts. The request had been made by the prosecutor's office and the Rwandan government, but was objected to [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Friday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a petition brought by US terrorism detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive], who sought review of his unlawful enemy combatant classification. The court agreed with the arguments [JURIST report] of [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan [appointment release] testified Friday that he was unaware of any criminal wrongdoing [hearing materials] by administration officials who leaked the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame [JURIST news archive]. Appearing before the US House Judiciary Committee [official website], McClellan said that he [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] China has released more than 1,000 protesters detained by authorities during March demonstrations in Tibet [BBC backgrounder] Friday, according to comments attributed to a Chinese official by state press agency Xinhua. Speaking at a press conference on the Olympic Flame's visit to the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, Chinese official Palma [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives Friday passed [roll call] a compromise version of a bill [HR 6304 materials] amending the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [text; JURIST news archive] and including a controversial provision granting retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies that participated in the NSA warrantless surveillance program [JURIST [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The European Council [official website] agreed [meeting report, PDF] at a Friday meeting of government leaders in Brussels to reconvene in October to discuss the future of the Treaty of Lisbon [official website; PDF text]. Last week, Irish voters rejected the Treaty [JURIST report] with 53.4 percent voting against [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal of Quebec [official website] ruled [decision, in French; summary release] Thursday that a national law which regulates the use of human embryos and bans human cloning encroaches upon provincial authority. The court held that regulatory provisions included in the Assisted Human Reproduction Act [statute materials] [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] European nations are among the worst violators of refugee rights [country list] because of the countries' strict border policies and their treatment of refugee seekers, according to a report [materials] released by the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) [official website] on Thursday. The 60 main refugee host [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] A German court convicted an Iraqi man for disseminating terrorist materials online in an attempt to recruit members for al-Qaeda [JURIST news archive] on Thursday. The man, Ibrahim Rashid, an Iraqi political refugee of Kurdish descent, was convicted on 22 counts of recruiting for a non-German terrorist organization. He [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report [HRW materials; press release] Friday urging South Africa [JURIST news archive] to grant temporary asylum and work permits to Zimbabweans who have fled to the country. The group said that the South African Department of Home Affairs [official website] has mischaracterized the refugees [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] Thursday condemned the use of sexual violence [Resolution 1820 text and materials] against civilians as a war tactic, saying that it can be "a war crime, a crime against humanity, or a constitutive act with respect to genocide." The resolution, adopted unanimously after [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Several Bolivian opposition groups have said that the nation's new constitution is illegitimate, alleging that supporters of Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile] used legal loopholes to rush its approval. An International Crisis Group [official website] report [PDF text; ICG press release] released Thursday said [read more]

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