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Legal news from Sunday, November 13, 2011
by Ashley Hileman

A UN official on Saturday expressed concern regarding the lack of transparency in an inquiry by the UK into allegations that its secret services were complicit in torture of detainees in the aftermath of 9/11. The UN's Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, has doubts as to whether the proposed inquiry will meet international standards, while other …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) on Sunday urged President Thein Sein to release political prisoners. In an open letter to Sein published in three state-owned newspapers, the MNHRC indicated that domestic and international support would follow the prisoners' release. Sein had granted amnesty to 6,359 prisoners in October following a similar open letter …

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