Legal news from Tuesday, August 10, 2010
14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Tuesday called for the Taliban [CFR backgrounder] and other insurgent groups in Afghanistan to be tried for war crimes [press release] for targeting civilians. The statement was released following the 2010 Mid-Year Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict [text; UN News [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The South Korean National Police Agency (SKNPA) [official website, in Korean] raided the Google [corporate website] South Korean headquarters in Seoul on Tuesday morning in connection with accusations that the company has been illegally acquiring user data. Representatives from the SKNPA's Cyber Terror Response Center [official website, in Korean] [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The opposition Scottish Labour Party [party website] called Tuesday for the publication of all medical evidence related to the release of convicted Pan Am Flight 103 [BBC backgrounder] bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi [BBC profile]. The demand comes one year after al Megrahi was released [JURIST report] from [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The military trial of Canadian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] began Tuesday with jury selection, despite international criticism of the proceedings. Khadr pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and terrorism [JURIST reports] Monday for allegedly throwing a grenade that killed [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan [official website] on Monday apologized to South Korea [statement] for Japan's 20th-century colonization of the Korean peninsula. The statement was timed to coincide with the anniversaries of the 1910 annexation of the peninsula and the 1945 South Korean independence, which both occurred during August. [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Monday called on governments to work to improve the human rights conditions [statement] of the world's indigenous peoples. The statement, made on the International Day of World's Indigenous People [official website], urged world governments to come into compliance with the UN Declaration [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Sudanese Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] on Monday reached a plea agreement with the US government setting out the maximum sentence he can receive at his military tribunal [JURIST news archive]. The details of the plea agreement will [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Bangladeshi Ministry of Education [official website] on Monday banned the use of corporal punishment in all schools across the country. Following a circular order [BD News 24 report] issued by Education Secretary Ataur Rahman, calling the form of punishment "misconduct," teachers found guilty of beating children will now [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] US military judge Army Colonel Patrick Parrish on Monday ruled that confessions by Canadian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] are admissible evidence in his US military commission trial. Khadr's US military lawyer, Lt.-Colonel Jon Jackson, claimed [motion, PDF] that his statements [read more]

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