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  • In its largest military expansion since the end of the Cold War, NATO members have confirmed the creation of a brand new rapid reaction force in 2015. This new force is the culmination of months of efforts on the part of NATO countries to bolster their response to Russian military actions in Ukraine, and gives the organization increased deterrence capacity and credibility. And while NATO...

  • For peaceful development to spread, local people must be able to take charge of their own approaches. Dr Karambu Ringera discusses how her organisation supports this work in communities around Kenya.

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  • To mark Human Rights Day, Oxford University Press produced a map of 50 landmark human rights cases, each with a brief description and a link to a free article or report on the case. The cases were chosen in conjunction with the editors of the Oxford Reports on International Law. These choices were intended to showcase the variety of international, regional, and national mechanisms and fora for...

  • A spate of violence against women in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo shows that there is still a long way to go on effective implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, 14 years after its adoption.

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  • Afghanistan: Up to 90 percent of women in the informal settlements of Kabul don’t have ID cards - and that means they can’t formally rent a house, open a bank account, inherit money or vote.

    India: Indian authorities should immediately investigate allegations that West Bengal police beat a rights activist and have been harassing his group for reporting on security force abuses, Human...

  • The extended time it takes to go through the investigation and judicial procedures to recover assets may explain the lack of returns: Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, and Portugal froze assets, but have not returned anything.  To improve these results, countries could strengthen their practices from simple statistics gathering to increasing resources to investigate these cases.

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  • Producing and selling falsified medicines—fake drugs deliberately labeled as real and sold to consumers—has been described by the Institute of Medicine as “the perfect crime.” The industry tops $200 billion annually and in Africa alone is responsible for 100,000 deaths each year. The World Health Organization identifies corruption as one of the biggest challenges to keeping these drugs off the...

  • Over the past 15 years, those working in aid have changed the way they talk about corruption. Detecting and measuring corruption when money is sent overseas has become a hot topic since the United Nations brought in rules on the issue in 2005. But for all the talk, less progress has been made than might have been hoped. A recent report from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact took aim at...

  • A comprehensive new report by Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary- General, released earlier this month, has now set the stage for next year's intergovernmental negotiations on the world's development priorities for 2015-2030. It is a document which strengthens expectations that justice will be a cornerstone of the new development framework.

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  • Victims occupy a center stage in the Rome Statute system: they are the main beneficiaries of the Court’s existence and the primary constituency from which it sources legitimacy and moral authority. The increased emphasis on victims is a symptom of the ‘guilt complex’ the International Criminal Court (ICC) inherited from its predecessors. The UN ad hoc tribunals could do little to provide...

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