Legal news from Thursday, July 3, 2008
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has urged the Mongolian government [press release] to "exercise the utmost restraint" in dealing with protests of the country's recent parliamentary elections. President Nambar Enkhbayar [official website, in Mongolian] on Tuesday instituted a four-day state of emergency following protests [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) [advocacy website] Thursday blasted [press release] a proposed plan that would allow Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] agents to consider a person's race, religion, or ethnicity in deciding whether to open a terrorism investigation. CAIR decried the plan as "unconstitutional and [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Yemeni officials met with a visiting US delegation Thursday to discuss the possible transfer of Yemeni detainees still held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. A major impediment to the negotiated release and repatriation of Yemeni detainees - who make up the largest single group of nationals at the [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] Wednesday chose [resolution, PDF; press release, PDF] Judge Thomas Hogan [official profile] to preside over the habeas corpus appeals of Guantanamo Bay detainees seeking to challenge their detention in federal court under the Supreme Court's recent ruling [opinion, [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani Supreme Court Bar Association President Aitzaz Ahsan [profile; JURIST news archive] strongly criticized the Bush administration's Pakistan policy during a visit to the US this past week, arguing that its refusal to condemn President Pervez Musharraf's November 2007 declaration of emergency law [text, PDF; JURIST report] and his [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian government Thursday began carrying out a controversial plan to fingerprint the country's Roma minority [JURIST news archive], despite fierce criticism [JURIST report] from the international human rights community [COE statement] and Roma advocates [ERRC materials]. The fingerprinting scheme, announced last Thursday by Interior Minister Roberto Maroni [OECD [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] Wednesday accused Sri Lanka [JURIST news archive] of creating a de facto internment camp [HRW press release] to arbitrarily detain more than 400 refugees fleeing areas of the country controlled by separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [group website; CFR [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] Tuesday ordered [PDF text] Google to turn over databases containing logs of every time any IP address has accessed any YouTube [corporate websites] video. Viacom [corporate website] had requested access to the databases [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Strict French anti-terrorism laws violate European and international human rights standards, according to a report [PDF text; HRW press release] released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] Wednesday. In particular, the report criticized a French law [text, in French] criminalizing "association in relation to a terrorist undertaking," which [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Disagreements between the United States and Iraq are still blocking a permanent Status of Forces Agreement [CFR materials; JURIST op-ed] regarding the role of American troops in Iraq [JURIST news archive] and could delay a deal past the expiration of the UN mandate for coalition forces in Iraq at [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] Wednesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit brought by an Islamic charity that alleged it was the subject of an illegal wiretap by the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website]. The government argued that the [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that the First Amendment protected an anti-abortion group's right to display graphic pictures of early-term aborted fetuses outside of a California middle school. The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBER) [advocacy website], a pro-life advocacy group, filed [read more]

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[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] Thursday struck down [judgment summary, text; ICTY press release] the war crime conviction of former senior Bosnian Muslim military commander Naser Oric [ICTY case backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. In June 2006, Oric was convicted [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Panama [Panama judiciary official website, in Spanish] has declared unconstitutional 183 pardons issued in 2004 by then-outgoing president Mireya Moscoso [profile, in Spanish]. Among the pardoned had been four Cubans - including Luis Posada Carriles [JURIST news archive] - charged with a 2000 assassination attempt [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] said Wednesday that it had mistakenly failed to brief the Supreme Court [official website] on the existence of a military law [PDF text] allowing capital punishment for child rape before the court decided the case of Kennedy v. Louisiana [Duke Law [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced Wednesday that it will transfer two Guantanamo detainees [press release] to Algeria. The unnamed individuals are among the more than 65 Guantanamo detainees that government officials have declared eligible for transfer. About 265 detainees remain at the base.Algerian Justice Minister [read more]

06:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday reversed [opinion, PDF] a district court ruling and found that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) [NIMH backgrounder] may qualify as a disability under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 [text, DOC]. The plaintiff in the case, Martin [read more]

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