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  • Drawing on the findings of recent Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) studies—the 2012 Think Global, Act Global and 2012 Resource Flows to Fragile States reports—this IPI-OECD event on December 12th, 2012, aimed to improve our understanding of the global dimension of fragility so that we can take more effective action. Watch a recording of the event here.

  • Cameroon: A Cameroonian appeals court decision on December 17, 2012, upholding a criminal conviction for homosexuality demonstrates that basic human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are under assault in Cameroon. The court upheld the conviction and three-year prison sentence for Roger Jean-Claude Mbede, a university student charged with homosexuality, and...

  • A major step forward and a post-2015 challenge

    By Sheelagh Stewart

    The 67th UN General Assembly recently adopted an unprecedented resolution emanating from its first-ever High-Level Meeting on the Rule of Law in September. For the first time in history, 193 Member States unanimously and explicitly linked the rule of law and development, stating:

    “We are convinced that the...

  • While celebrating the 23rd anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and Universal Children’s Day (November 20th), IBJ organized a roundtable event around the theme “special procedures of juvenile justice enforcement in Burundi” on Friday, November 23rd, 2012. 20 people participated, including presidents of courts, prosecutors of the republic, judges, secretaries, and court...

  • The European Court of Human Rights has vindicated the long search for justice of Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen who was the victim nine years ago of a mistaken rendition operation by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. In a landmark ruling on Thursday, December 13, the court offered the most comprehensive condemnation to date by any court of what it termed “torture” by the CIA during the...

  • Last week, the ICRC launched its online Customary IHL database, an update of State practice of 23 countries relating to armed conflicts and humanitarian issues such as the distinction between combatants and civilians, the use of certain weapons, the protection of internally displaced persons, the legal framework for internment and detention in armed conflict, recruitment of child soldiers, and...

  • From December 11-13 the African Development Bank (AfDB) held their “Days Against Corruption” event. Anna Bossman, Director of the Integrity and Anti-corruption Department (IACD) stated that “integrity counts as it helps to fight effectively against corruption and mal-governance.” She explained the objective of the Days was to enable participants to openly discuss issues on corruption. For his...

  • In light of the Arab Spring, the importance of building a new relationship between the state and citizens, and also across society, based on a common vision of democracy, justice and rights are now more important than ever. In November 2012 International IDEA and UNDP organized a forum to contribute to Arab Governance Week, “Social Accountability in a Changing Region.”  The participants at the...

  • Richard Miron, Senior Communications Officer at World Bank’s Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) posted in early December about the best ways to fight illicit enrichment. Developing countries lose an estimated US $20-40 billion in total each year to corruption. In specific cases of public officials, corruption may be suspected but it is often frustratingly difficult to prove – so what is...

  • The ICJ 17th World Congress closed on 12/12/12 with the adoption of a landmark Declaration on Access to Justice and Right to a Remedy in international human rights systems. In his final speech, Sir Nigel Rodley, the new ICJ President said: “The focus was how to make international regional human rights systems more able to respond to the needs of those who cannot secure justice at home. There...

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