Legal news from Saturday, February 28, 2009
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Martin Scheinin [official website; JURIST news archive] has called for greater protection of individual rights and increased oversight of intelligence agencies in a report [text, PDF] to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website]. The report, obtained [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Argentina Ministry of Defense (MOD) [official website, in Spanish] announced Friday the implementation of a new law containing provisions aimed at bringing the military and its justice system under increased civilian control. The legislation was signed into law last August. The law is seen by many [AP report] [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] China's top legislative body, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (SCNPC) [official backgrounder], approved a new food safety law Saturday which will setup a commission to supervise the country's food monitoring system, according to state media reports. The law passed [China Daily report] by a vote of [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] Friday denied [opinion, PDF] an appeal by the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] seeking to stop a lawsuit [JURIST report] brought by an Islamic charity alleging it was the subject of an illegal [read more]

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