Legal news from Friday, August 14, 2009
22:08 EDT

[JURIST] Israel's treatment of Palestinians during December and January's Operation Cast Lead [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], in Gaza [JURIST news archive] grossly violated international law according to a report [text, PDF] released Friday by the office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile]. The report, prepared by the [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian Federal Court of Appeal [official website] upheld [judgment, PDF] Friday a lower court's ruling [judgment, PDF; JURIST report] ordering the Canadian government to advocate for the repatriation of Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive]. The government appealed the April ruling asserting that the [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Convicted Pan Am Flight 103 [BBC backgrounder] bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi [BBC backgrounder] on Friday asked the Scottish High Court of the Judiciary [official website] to allow him to withdraw the second appeal [Reuters report] of his 2001 conviction. Megrahi, recently diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer, is [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday ordered the conditional release [text, PDF; press release] of former Democratic Republic of Congo (DCR) [BBC backgrounder] rebel leader Jean Pierre Bemba [ICC materials; JURIST news archive], a decision which Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] announced he would appeal [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Western Australia [official website] on Friday ruled [judgment, PDF] that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of nutrition and hydration services, in a landmark decision. Christian Rossiter, a quadriplegic, had repeatedly asked [ABC report] his caregivers, Brightwater Care Group [corporate website], [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Afghanistan's amended Shi'ite personal status law [Reuters backgrounder], which entered into force July 27, still violates [press release] women's rights, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Thursday. The Afghan government announced last month that the law had been revised [JURIST report] to remove a provision requiring a wife [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Three UN human rights experts on Thursday called on Iran's Revolutionary Court to reject confessions obtained through torture [press release] of protesters of the country's disputed presidential election [JURIST news archive]. A joint statement from Special Rapporteur on torture Manfred Nowak, Vice-Chairperson of the Working Group on arbitrary detention [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged the government of Burundi [JURIST news archive] to hold accountable those responsible for human rights violations [press release] during the country's 16-year armed conflict. HRW released the statement on the fifth anniversary of the Gatumba Massacre [HRW backgrounder], in which [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Council of the European Union [official website] on Thursday announced sanctions [press release, PDF] against members of the Myanmar judiciary responsible for the verdict [JURIST report] against opposition pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The latest sanctions are in addition to a number [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former US president William Jefferson Clinton [official profile] addressed a capacity crowd late Thursday night at a progressive convention held by Netroots Nation [advocacy group] in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since leaving office, Clinton has become known for his charitable and humanitarian work [foundation website], and on Thursday he discussed the [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli soldiers killed 11 white flag-waving Palestinian civilians in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], which left more than 1,000 civilians and combatants dead in December 2008 and January 2009, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF; press release] released Thursday. According to [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] Federal and state officials toured a prison in rural Michigan Thursday in anticipation that it could eventually hold inmates [JURIST report] currently detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Officials have not yet decided [Detroit Free Press report] whether the Standish Maximum Correctional Facility (SMF) [official website] will one [read more]

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