Legal news from Friday, August 13, 2010
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee [official website] on Friday called for the repeal [press release] of all laws that discriminate against people affected by leprosy. The committee also drafted a recommended set of principles and guidelines [UN News Centre report] to be used by countries in enacting [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) [official website] on Wednesday announced that it had issued arrest warrants for former government officials in relation to the extrajudicial killing of several inmates following a 2007 prison riot. The CICIG issued 18 warrants [El Heraldo report, in Spanish], including those [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Sri Lanka court martial on Friday found former army chief Sarath Fonseka [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] guilty of engaging in politics while on active duty. Sentenced to a dishonorable discharge, Fonseka was accused of trying to secure a place in a political party [Al Jazeera report] before [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] on Thursday confirmed [press release] that it had issued genocide charges against four former Bosnian Serb soldiers in connection with the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [JURIST news archive]. The indictment alleges that the four men, Franc Kos [case materials], Stanko Kojic, Vlastimir [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced on Thursday that it will charge four former officers [press release] of the UK Metropolitan Police in the alleged assault of terrorism suspect Babar Ahmad [advocacy website; BBC profile]. Police Constables Nigel Cowley, John Donohue, Roderick James-Bowen and Mark Jones are accused [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Nicaragua [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday replaced seven justices who had been boycotting sessions. The judges, affiliated with the opposition Liberal Constitutionalist Party, had been boycotting the court for 10 months [AP report] following the decision of President Daniel Ortega [official website, in Spanish] [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese authorities have delayed the trial [press release] of prominent Tibetan writer Tra Gyal, according to a Friday release by the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) [advocacy website]. According to the group, Tra Gyal has been held in Xining No. 1 Detention Center without contact from his family or [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination [official website] on Thursday concluded its review [press release] of France's compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) [text], holding that while France has a laudable action plan for eradicating racial discrimination, [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The military trial of Canadian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] was suspended Friday, following the collapse of his lawyer during opening testimony. The lawyer, Lt.-Colonel Jon Jackson, was airlifted to mainland medical facilities [Reuters report] following the collapse, which is attributed [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] A US military officer on Wednesday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] seeking to enjoin the military from discharging him under "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive]. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the District of Idaho [official website], seeks a [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Alabama Attorney General Troy King [official website] on Thursday filed a lawsuit against BP for damages to the state's coast and economy, claiming that the oil giant has failed in its efforts to accept responsibility for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in the Gulf [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday issued a report [text, PDF; press release] calling on the UK government to end the use of control orders issued against terrorism suspect. The UK Home Secretary [official website] uses control orders [Guardian backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to impose a variety of [read more]

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