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Legal news from Tuesday, September 6, 2011
by Sarah Posner

UK Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke announced Tuesday that cameras will be allowed into criminal courts in the UK and Wales to improve transparency in courts. Two acts of Parliament in place since 1925 have banned filming in both Welsh and English courts. Clarke believes that this change will help to improve public confidence …

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by Sarah Posner

Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovych on Tuesday threatened to take Russia to international arbitration over gas disputes. Ukraine relies heavily on Russian oil imports, and its territory provides transit for 80 percent of Russia's oil supplies to Europe. Yanukovych would like to get out of a 10-year deal signed with Russia in 2009, but Russian President …

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by Jennie Ryan

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg on Monday urged Lithuania, Poland and Romania to investigate the roles their governments played in the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) program of "secret detention and torture" of terrorism suspects. According to Hammarberg, the CIA collaborated with its foreign counterparts in …

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by Jennie Ryan

A special security court in Bahrain heard the appeals of jailed anti-government protesters on Tuesday. According to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, the National Safety Court of Appeal, a court composed of military prosecutors and civilian and military judges, heard the appeals of 21 activists who were sentenced to prison after …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

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 commission has been met with skepticism regarding the …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday convicted ex-Yugoslav army chief Momcilo Perisic for crimes against humanity and war crimes, committed during the wars in Bosnia and Croatia, sentencing him to 27 years in prison. He was found guilty of 12 out of …

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