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Spanish lawmakers limit universal juridiction

Madrid, Feb 27 (EFE).- The lower house of Spain's Parliament on Thursday approved a bill proposed by the governing conservative Popular Party to sharply restrict Spanish courts' application of the principle of universal jurisdiction, which holds that courts in any country may act in cases involving crimes against humanity no matter where they are committed. The bill passed by a margin of 180-137. All of the "yes" votes were cast by PP legislators.

Spain votes to curb trials of foreign atrocities

Lawmakers in Spain approved a bill Thursday that will curb courts' powers to probe cases of human rights abuses committed abroad, a practice that has irked some foreign capitals. The ruling party's proposal to limit the use of the doctrine of universal jurisdiction, which allows judges to try certain cases of crimes against humanity that took place in other countries, was passed by 180 votes to 137. Spain has pioneered the use of the doctrine since it was passed into national law in 1985.

Spain parliament votes to curb trials of foreign atrocities

Lawmakers in Spain voted on Thursday in favour of a bill that will reduce the capacity of the country's courts to pursue cases of human rights abuses committed abroad. The bill curbing the use of universal jurisdiction, which allows judges to try certain cases of crimes against humanity that took place in other countries, was passed with 180 votes in favour and 137 votes against. gr/ds/mfp

Germany rejects Greek Jews' Nazi-era reparation claim

Germany on Wednesday rejected a fresh Nazi-era reparation claim by a Greek city's Jewish community but offered the group cooperation on future projects. "With regard to issues of reparations, there are no new developments and all these questions are answered," a German finance ministry spokesman told a press conference. The Jewish community of Thessaloniki said Tuesday it had sued Germany at the European Court of Human Rights for compensation over a forced ransom paid to Nazi occupation forces.

ICC leads calls for DR Congo to arrest Sudan's Bashir

The International Criminal Court led calls Wednesday for the government of Democratic Republic of Congo to arrest visiting Sudanese President Omar Bashir, who is wanted on charges of genocide in Darfur. The Hague-based ICC said Kinshasa must meet its obligations to arrest Bashir "immediately" and hand him over to the tribunal, a call echoed by international and local rights groups. "The Democratic Republic of Congo should not shield President Omar al-Bashir from international justice," Amnesty International said on its Twitter feed.

Spain parliament moves to curb trials of foreign atrocities

Spain's parliament took the first steps Tuesday to reduce the courts' power to investigate cases of human rights abuses committed abroad, a practice that has irked some foreign capitals. Lawmakers agreed to debate and vote on a bill introduced last month by Spain's conservative Popular Party, which has a comfortable majority in the assembly. If passed, it would limit the use of "universal jurisdiction", which allows judges to try certain cases of human rights abuses committed in other countries.

China bristling, Spain seeks to curb its judges' international rights clout

By Inmaculada Sanz MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's parliament voted on Tuesday to fast-track a law limiting judges' ability to go after alleged human rights abusers around the world, a day after Spanish arrest orders were issued for former Chinese officials accused of genocide in Tibet. China protested against the orders, called on Spain to drop the issue and issued a veiled threat about bilateral ties.

Spain parliament moves to curb trials of foreign atrocities

Spain's parliament took the first steps Tuesday to reduce the power of the country's courts to probe human rights cases around the world, a practice that has irked some foreign capitals. Spain's conservative Popular Party tabled a draft law last month that will limit the use of "universal jurisdiction", which allows judges to try certain cases of human rights abuses committed in other countries.

China bristling, Spain seeks to curb its judges' international rights clout

By Inmaculada Sanz MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's ruling party sought on Tuesday to limit judges' ability to go after alleged human rights abusers around the world, a day after Spanish arrest orders were issued for former Chinese officials accused of genocide in Tibet. China protested against the orders, called on Spain to drop the issue and issued a veiled threat about bilateral ties.

Spain seeks arrest of former Chinese president over Tibet

MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish judge on Monday sought the arrest of China's former president and premier over accusations of genocide in Tibet in an 8-year-old case that has drawn a rebuke from China. High Court Judge Ismael Moreno asked Interpol to issue orders for the detention of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, ex-premier Li Peng and three other officials for questioning on charges brought by Tibetan rights groups in Spain.
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