IN BRIEF: Rule of Law News from Around the World

August 02, 2012 - 1:10pm

Brazil: On July 9th the Brazilian Commission on Drugs and Democracy (CBDD) and Viva Rio launched a national campaign to change the law on drugs in Brazil. Public support for the campaign, “Drug Law: It’s Time to Change,” has exceeded expectations, collecting over 50,000 signatures in just three days.

Iraq: The United Nations Special Rapporteur on arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, has raised alarm about the reported announcement by the Ministry of Interior that the Court of Cassation has upheld death sentences for up to 196 prisoners in Iraq, Anbar province, west of Baghdad.

Kazakhstan: The UN Committee against Torture (CAT) has found the government of Kazakhstan responsible for the 2007 torture of a detainee in police custody and subsequent attempts to intimidate the victim into silence.

Kyrgyzstan: An OSF paper provides recommendations for the EU going into the Kyrgyzstan Human Rights Dialogue, 19 September 2012, to urge the government of Kyrgyzstan to provide redress for the torture of human rights defender Azimjan Askarov, as well as to change policies and practices that will prevent torture and discrimination against human rights defenders and ethnic  minorities in the  future.

South Africa: SA has adopted the Implementation of the Geneva Conventions Act, which gives domestic force to the 1949 Geneva Conventions and their 1977 Additional Protocols.

South Africa: An audio clip from an ISS seminar analyzes the state of the South African police service.

Turkey: The International Law Institute (ILI) has run a series of joint courses with the Corporate Governance Association of Turkey (TKYD), which marks the first step in the development of "ILI Istanbul", an ILI regional center to be headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey .