Legal news from Saturday, February 20, 2010
13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) [official website] on Saturday called for an independent investigation [press release] into allegations that the government had knowledge of and was complicit in the torture of Binyam Mohamed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and 24 other British residents and citizens while [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] has overruled the findings of a report [text, PDF] released Friday concluding that two Bush administration lawyers committed professional misconduct when they wrote memos [JURIST news archive] authorizing the use of certain interrogation techniques that critics have called torture. Instead, the [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] deputy prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] said Friday that Guinean authorities likely committed crimes against humanity when more than 150 pro-democracy protesters killed in Conarky [BBC backgrounder] in September 2009. At the conclusion of her three day visit [JURIST report], Bensouda, a Gambian [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Council of Europe (COE) [official website] reached a joint declaration [text, PDF; press release] Friday to undertake reforms of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] by the end of 2011 in order to address the increasing number of complaints. The ECHR currently has a backlog [read more]

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