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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...

  • 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...

  • One in three known victims of human trafficking is a child, and girls and women are particularly targeted and forced into “modern slavery,” according to the 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, released by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna.

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  • It has been a rough month for the International Criminal Court (ICC). A week after deciding to withdraw the charges in the high profile case of Uhuru Kenyatta, the ICC’s Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda appeared before the UN Security Council to inform them that the court will be suspending investigations into atrocities committed in Darfur due to a lack of cooperation by the Sudanese...

  • Afghanistan: Civilian casualties in Afghanistan increased by nearly 20 per cent in 2014 compared to the previous year and are expected to rise to a figure over 10,000 by end of December – for the first time since the UN mission in the country began keeping record in 2008.

    Bosnia and Herzegovina: New short documentary film “Remember Me” tells a powerful story of two young women whose...

  • Discover the stories of ordinary citizens taking up the fight against corruption, and the staff in Transparency International's Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres who support them, in a new online documentary, "African Voices Against Corruption."

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  • The Stimson Center and The Hague Institute for Global Justice are pleased to announce the launch of the interactive website of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance. Key features of this new, participatory online platform include:

    The opportunity to share your insights, reform ideas, and feedback with the Commission, building on more than twenty thematic...
  • The greatest challenge faced in the prosecution of massive war crimes is presented by the substantial number of perpetrators involved in their commission. During the 20th Century international lawyers developed new strategies to meet this problem. There are, for example, the doctrines of command responsibility and joint criminal enterprise. As far as the crimes themselves are concerned there...

  • On Dec 4th, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon presented remarks to the General Assembly on the Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The report presented dignity, people, prosperity, the planet, justice and partnerships as an integrated set of “essential elements” aimed at providing conceptual guidance during discussions of the goals and Mr. Ban stressed that none...

  • In December, Fair Trials launched a series of innovative e-training courses designed to educate lawyers about international fair trial standards.

    The first three courses focus on the enforcement of EU criminal law in domestic criminal proceedings, and provide a practical guide to two new EU Directives, on the right to translation and interpretation, and the right to information in...

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