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Legal news from Tuesday, September 6, 2011

[JURIST] UK Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke [Guardian profile] announced Tuesday that cameras will be allowed into criminal courts in the UK and Wales to improve transparency in courts. Two acts of Parliament [official website] in place since 1925 have banned filming [BBC report] in both Welsh and English courts. Clarke … [read more]

[JURIST] Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovych [BBC profile] on Tuesday threatened to take Russia to international arbitration over gas disputes. Ukraine relies heavily on Russian oil imports [Reuters report], and its territory provides transit for 80 percent of Russia's oil supplies to Europe. Yanukovych would like to get out of a … [read more]

[JURIST] The Council of Europe [official website] Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg [official profile] on Monday urged [press release] Lithuania, Poland and Romania to investigate the roles their governments played in the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] program of "secret detention and torture" of terrorism suspects. According … [read more]

[JURIST] A special security court in Bahrain [JURIST news archive] heard the appeals of jailed anti-government protesters on Tuesday. According to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights [official website], the National Safety Court of Appeal, a court composed of military prosecutors and civilian and military judges, heard the appeals of … [read more]

[JURIST] Myanmar's government on Monday formed the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) to promote and safeguard the country's constitutional rights. Members of the commission include former government officials, diplomats, academics, doctors and lawyers, some of whom have made statements in the past defending the country's human rights record. The … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday convicted [judgment, PDF] ex-Yugoslav army chief Momcilo Perisic [ICTY profile, PDF; JURIST news archive] for crimes against humanity and war crimes [press release], committed during the wars in Bosnia and Croatia, sentencing him to 27 years … [read more]

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