Legal news from Tuesday, May 11, 2010
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website, in French] on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution [text, in French] condemning the Islamic burqa [JURIST news archive] and other full face veils as contrary to gender equality. The resolution passed with 434 votes [AFP report, in French], with the remaining members of [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Vietnamese appeals court on Tuesday affirmed the sentences facing two democracy activists convicted of subversion. The court upheld [BBC report] the sentence of five years imprisonment and three subsequent years of house arrest for prominent human rights lawyer Le Cong Dinh [JURIST news archive], as well as the [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Egyptian Parliament [official website] on Tuesday voted to extend the country's state of emergency [JURIST news archive] for two years. Despite the two-year extension, parliament voted to limit the application of the emergency laws [Al Jazeera report] only to cases of terrorism and drug trafficking. In a speech [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] filed a final appeal in Myanmar's Supreme Court on Monday challenging the 18-month extension of her house arrest. The appeal requests that the court forward her case [AP report] to the Special Appellate Branch, a multi-judge [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A group of UN human rights experts said Monday that Arizona's new immigration law [SB 1070 materials; JURIST news archive] could violate international standards [press release] that are binding on the US. The group of six UN experts, which includes UN Special Rapporteur on human rights of migrants [official [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday refused to dismiss criminal charges against former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailani [GlobalSecurity profile; JURIST news archive], despite his lawyers claims that he had been tortured in prison. Judge Lewis Kaplan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] has confirmed the existence of a secret detention facility at Bagram Air Base [official website; JURIST news archive], according to a Tuesday BBC News report [text]. The BBC reported last month that nine Afghan witnesses have claimed that they [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Argentine authorities on Monday arrested former secret service agent Miguel Angel Furci on charges of human rights abuses committed during the nation's 1976-83 "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Furci, a former agent of the Secretariat of State Intelligence (SIDE), was charged with 70 kidnappings [Terra report, in [read more]

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