Legal news from Monday, August 11, 2008
14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Sudan is merely going through the motions with its planned probe [JURIST report] into Darfur human rights violations, said International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official website] in an interview [text] with the Sudan Tribune on Monday. Moreno-Ocampo commented that Sudan does not have the political will to [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Philippines House of Representatives [official website] passed a bill [HB 4253 text] on Monday to create a new national commission meant to guarantee the rights of Muslims citizens. The bill creates a National Commission on Muslim Filipinos to replace the existing Office of Muslim Affairs (OMA) [official website], [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Georgia is forcibly detaining Russian citizens within its borders in violation of international law, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official website] said in a Monday communication with Minister of Internal Affairs Rashid Nurgaliev. In the communication, Medvedev instructed Nurgaliev to ensure that the rights of ethnic Georgians in Russia are [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan's Punjab Provincial Assembly [official website] on Monday voted [PTI report] to ask President Pervez Musharraf [official website; JURIST news archive] to resign or face possible impeachment by the country's parliament. Of the body's 371 members, 321 voted for the motion, including the majority of Musharraf's own Pakistan Muslim [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Qwest Communications [corporate website] will pay an additional $40 million to settle a class action shareholder lawsuit, according to an agreement released Monday in the company's second quarter earnings report [press release; materials]. Of that number, $5 million comes from insurance revenue by former Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio [JURIST [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Detained Myanmarian democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has met with a lawyer to discuss the legality of her detention, a spokesman for the National League for Democracy party said Sunday. This was apparently the first time in five years that Suu Kyi has [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Bolivian national referendum [JURIST reports] results released Monday show that President Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile] won an estimated 63% of the votes on Sunday, enough to stay in office. Morales himself proposed the referendum [JURIST report] last December in response to accusations that his process for rewriting the [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Thailand issued arrest warrants [Bangkok Post report] on Monday for former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his wife Pojamarn Shinawatra [JURIST news archive] after the two failed to return to Thailand from the UK on Sunday. Thaksin and Pojamarn [read more]

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