Legal news from Monday, April 13, 2009
15:04 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] has ordered the lifting of travel restrictions and restrictions on money transfers [press release] between Cuban-Americans and their families in Cuba. Obama also ordered that US telecommunications companies be allowed to work within Cuba to facilitate communication between families split between the two countries. [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Sgt. John Hatley [JURIST news archive] entered a plea of not guilty to murder charges at his court-martial on Monday for the killing of four unarmed Iraqi prisoners [NYT report] in 2007. Hatley, along with Sgt. Michael Leahy, Jr. and Sgt. 1st Class John Mayo, was charged [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi military spokesperson Major General Qassim Atta said Monday that he is seeking the closure of the Bagdad offices of newspaper Al-Hayat and television network Al-Sharquiya [media websites, in Arabic] after the two media outlets allegedly misquoted him in a story reported last week. Atta said he has sued the [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The government of China [official website] on Monday issued its first national plan [text] aimed at protecting human rights. The Information Office of the State Council [official website] published the National Human Rights Action Plan of China, which sets forth the government's human rights policy for 2009 and 2010. [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Zimbabwean House Speaker announced Sunday the formation of a committee to draft a new constitution. The drafting of a new constitution was part of the power sharing agreement [JURIST report] signed last September by President Robert Mugabe [BBC Profile; JURIST news archive] and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile] vowed Sunday to continue a hunger strike until the Bolivian National Congress [official website, in Spanish] approves the final details of a new election law [proposed text, in Spanish]. Morales declared himself on hunger strike [YouTube video, in Spanish; AP report] [read more]

06:04 EDT

[JURIST] Moldova's Constitutional Court [official website] on Sunday ordered the nation's Central Election Commission to conduct a recount of last week's controversial parliamentary election. The ruling Communist party won nearly 50 percent of the vote [official results], leaving them only one seat short of the 61 seats needed to select [read more]

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