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Legal news from Saturday, August 18, 2012

[JURIST] Myanmar president Thein Sein [BBC profile] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] announced Friday that former Serb official Mile Mrksic has been transferred to a Portuguese prison [press release] to serve his 20-year sentence for war crimes. Mrksic was convicted of war crimes [JURIST report] in 2007 for his involvement … [read more]

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] held a hearing Friday regarding a challenge to new restrictions on lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainees who have had their habeas corpus challenges denied or dismissed. Chief Judge Royce Lamberth expressed skepticism about the new restrictions … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] Louisiana's Act 490, which allows the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) [official website] to revoke an abortion clinic's license immediately after a regulation violation, rather than allowing the abortion clinic time to … [read more]

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] declined to approve changes to Florida election law [HB 1355, materials] that would have reduced the number of early voting days in five of the state's 67 counties. The three-judge panel rejected [opinion, PDF] the state's arguments that … [read more]

[JURIST] The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) [official website] said Friday that it has received "credible reports" of armed groups in Mali recruiting children [press release] for military purposes. UNICEF called on all parties to protect children from the reportedly escalating recruitment rates in northern regions of the country, reiterating … [read more]

[JURIST] A Ukrainian court on Friday handed down a two-year prison sentence to the former interior minister under ex-Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive]. Yuriy Lutsenko was convicted and sentenced for negligence in authorizing an illegal extension of surveillance [Reuters report] over another former official's driver. … [read more]

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