Legal news from Tuesday, September 23, 2008
20:09 EDT

[JURIST] Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP) [official website] chair Leila de Lima [official profile] said Tuesday that torture is prevalent in the country's prison system and that her organization has documented over 300 cases of abuse in the past three years. De Lima said that in an [read more]

20:09 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar state media outlets announced Tuesday that the state's ruling junta released 9,002 prisoners for good behavior, including U Win Tin [BBC report; AI backgrounder], a founder of Myanmar opposition group the National League for Democracy (NLD) and the state's longest-incarcerated political prisoner. Officials for the state newspaper New [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] A US district judge in enjoined the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday from enforcing an ordinance [DOC text] that prohibits illegal immigrants from occupying leased property. US District Judge Jane J. Boyle of the Northern District of Texas [official websites] issued a [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for South African President Thabo Mbeki [official profile; ANC profile] said Tuesday that Mbeki has challenged in the county's Constitutional Court [official website] allegations that he interfered with a case against Mbeki's political rival and current African National Congress (ANC) [party website] leader Jacob Zuma [JURIST news [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Complaints filed with a Senegal prosecutor [JURIST report] last week by fourteen Chadian and Senegalese citizens alleging that former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre [HRW materials; JURIST news archive] was responsible for war crimes and torture are merely "judicial persecution," lawyers for Habre said in a statement [text, in French] [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] traveled to New York Monday to seek support [press release] from members of the United Nations and the African Union for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile, JURIST news archive], as the UN General Assembly opened [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch(HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday called on the Saudi Arabian government to end its 'systematic discrimination' against its Ismaili religious minority [official website; Global Security backgrounder]. HRW urged Saudi officials to create a national institution to recommend remedies for discriminatory policies and to consider individual claims. HRW's [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Stable, wealthier countries like Denmark, Sweden, and New Zealand have the least perceived corruption and poorer, less stable countries like Haiti, Iraq, Myanmar and Somalia have the most, according to government accountability advocacy group Transparency International (TI) [advocacy website] in a report published Tuesday. TI's 2008 Corruption Perceptions Index [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A legal adviser to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website; JURIST news archive] issued an opinion [ECJ materials] Tuesday that UK regulations permitting mandatory retirement policies do not violate an EU anti-discrimination law. ECJ Advocate General Jan Marzak concluded that although the UK's Employment Equality (Age) Regulations [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Democrats [party website] on Monday questioned the constitutionality of the Bush administration's proposal [fact sheet] to stabilize financial markets and introduced their own plan [materials] allowing courts to review purchases of troubled assets by the Treasury Department [official website]. The administration's proposed legislation, submitted to Congress [White [read more]

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