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Legal news from Saturday, August 18, 2012
by Keith Herting

Myanmar president Thein Sein on Friday announced the creation of a 27-member commission tasked with investigating the cause of the sectarian violence between Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists. The clashes, which began in May and carried on into June in the western Rakhine state, were responsible for at least 83 deaths and the displacement of thousands of …

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by Keith Herting

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced Friday that former Serb official Mile Mrksic has been transferred to a Portuguese prison to serve his 20-year sentence for war crimes. Mrksic was convicted of war crimes in 2007 for his involvement in the 1991 mass killing of more than 260 captives …

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by Dan Taglioli

The US District Court for the District of Columbia held a hearing Friday regarding a challenge to new restrictions on lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay detainees who have had their habeas corpus challenges denied or dismissed. Chief Judge Royce Lamberth expressed skepticism about the new restrictions, which in some cases require a lawyer to …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Friday upheld Louisiana's Act 490, which allows the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) to revoke an abortion clinic's license immediately after a regulation violation, rather than allowing the abortion clinic time to comply with the regulation. Act 490, approved in 2010, amended …

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by Dan Taglioli

The US District Court for the District of Columbia declined to approve changes to Florida election law that would have reduced the number of early voting days in five of the state's 67 counties. The three-judge panel rejected the state's arguments that minority voters would not be inequitably affected by reducing early …

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by Dan Taglioli

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday that it has received "credible reports" of armed groups in Mali recruiting children for military purposes. UNICEF called on all parties to protect children from the reportedly escalating recruitment rates in northern regions of the country, reiterating that the recruitment and use of children under the age …

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by Dan Taglioli

A Ukrainian court on Friday handed down a two-year prison sentence to the former interior minister under ex-Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Yuriy Lutsenko was convicted and sentenced for negligence in authorizing an illegal extension of surveillance over another former official's driver. Lutsenko is already serving a four-year sentence for embezzlement and …

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