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Legal news from Saturday, February 20, 2010
by Ximena Marinero

The UK Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on Saturday called for an independent investigation into allegations that the government had knowledge of and was complicit in the torture of Binyam Mohamed and 24 other British residents and citizens while they were held abroad as terror suspects. The EHRC's statement …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has overruled the findings of a report released Friday concluding that two Bush administration lawyers committed professional misconduct when they wrote memos authorizing the use of certain interrogation techniques that critics have called torture. Instead, the DOJ said that John Yoo, …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

International Criminal Court (ICC) deputy prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said Friday that Guinean authorities likely committed crimes against humanity when more than 150 pro-democracy protesters killed in Conarky in September 2009. At the conclusion of her three day visit, Bensouda, a Gambian lawyer, said that the ICC would work with the Guinean …

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by Ximena Marinero

The Council of Europe (COE) reached a joint declaration Friday to undertake reforms of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) by the end of 2011 in order to address the increasing number of complaints. The ECHR currently has a backlog of approximately 120,000 cases, of which an estimated 90 percent …

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