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Archive for December 2nd, 2009

Top Russian Judges Forced To Resign After Making Critical Comments Against Corruption

Posted by Info on 02/12/2009

ST PETERSBURG — Two Russian Constitutional Court judges have resigned from senior posts after speaking out against corruption in the judiciary, raising fresh doubts about a Kremlin bid to clean up the legal system.

Vladimir Yaroslavtsev had resigned from the presidium of the Council of Judges, which represents judges on the national level, three months after he told a Spanish newspaper that Russian justice was “in ruins.”

“The security services can do whatever they like and the courts are limited to ratifying their decisions,” Yaroslavtsev said in the interview with “El Pais” on August 31.

Anatoly Kononov resigned his position as Constitutional Court judge as of January 1. He had publicly described Yaroslavtsev’s comments as “a brave evaluation, much of which I support.”

Critics have accused senior government officials with links to the security services of pressuring judges to make politically motivated decisions in high-profile cases.

Sources in the Constitutional Court quoted by the Kommersant daily said the judges were pressured to resign after colleagues in the court had accused Yaroslavtsev of undermining the judiciary’s authority.

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President of Moldova: God’s will – his land would be inhabited by Romanians and Russia – by Russians, France – by French people, Germany – by Germans“

Posted by Info on 02/12/2009

The interim President of Moldova, Mihai Ghimpu, declared on Tuesday, within a manifestation organised by Chişinău authorities on the occasion of the Unification Day, that according to the “Lord’s wish“ Moldova should be populated by Romanians.

“I revere those who fought for peace, for democracy, for the existence of the Lord’s will so that this land would be inhabited by Romanians, and Russia – by Russians, France – by French people, Germany – by Germans“,

declared the interim President of Moldova, leader of the Liberal party, Mihai Ghimpu, in his welcoming speech at the manifestation organised by Chişinău authorities on the occasion of Unification Day. Ghimpu is next to Presiden t of Moldova also speaker of Parliament his nephew, Dorin Chirtoacă, is the mayor of Moldovan capital city.

Ethnic groups
Moldovan/Romanian 78.2%, Ukrainian 8.4%, Russian 5.8%, Gagauz 4.4%, Bulgarian 1.9%, other 1.3%; note: internal disputes with ethnic Slavs in the Transnistrian region

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Estonia Has Refused To Accept Prisoners From Guantanamo

Posted by Info on 02/12/2009

Estonia has refused to accept prisoners from U.S. custody at Guantanamo Bay (Cuba), said on Monday the newspaper Eesti Paevaleht.The decision have already been transferred to the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn.

The U.S. side was surprised by the Estonian refusal as in February the Government has agreed to begin negotiations on the possible admission of former inmates of U.S. prisons in Guantanamo Bay. Moreover in the autumn the Estonian officials have visited Guantanamo to select the prisoners which will be than deported to Estonia.

Closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay (Cuba), was one of the main campaign promises of U.S. President Barack Obama. U.S. and international human rights activists have criticized the Bush administration for serious violations of human rights of Guantanamo prisoners, including torture, moral and physical humiliation and abuse of religious feelings of the prisoners, and holding people without charges.

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Эстония Отказалась Принимать Заключенных Гуантанамо

Posted by Info on 02/12/2009

Министерство иностранных дел Эстонии проинформировало Вашингтон о своем решении не принимать заключенных из американской тюрьмы на базе Гуантанамо, пишет газета Eesti Paevaleht

Aмериканская сторона была удивлена демаршем Эстонии, так как в начале года правительство этой страны согласилось начать переговоры о возможном приеме бывших заключенных тюрьмы. Кроме того, осенью эстонские чиновники посещали Гуантанамо для отбора заключенных, высылаемых в Эстонию.

В настоящее время США занимаются распределением части заключенных Гуантанамо по другим странам в связи с закрытием тюрьмы. В частности, в Палау уже отправлены несколько китайских уйгуров; заключенных также согласились принять Чад, Ирак, Бермудские острова, Италия, Франция, Венгрия, Ирландия и Португалия.

Решение закрыть тюрьму Гуантанамо, открытую семь лет назад, в январе 2009 года принял президент США Барак Обама. Согласно его указу, тюрьма должна была прекратить существование к январю 2010 года. Позже он заявил, что к этому сроку тюрьму закрыть не удастся, не назвав при этом более конкретной даты

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