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  • In developing countries people have a stereotypical view about judicial systems being slow, rigid, and secretive. This impression exists largely because of the slow judicial process and corruption within the system due to unavailability of modern age technologies to establish accountability of judicial personnel. On the other hand, since there is no effective system for keeping track of day-to...

  • As part of the project to update the Commentaries on the Geneva Conventions, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) library's priority has been to ensure digital access to documents preparatory to the Geneva Conventions. This work covers the following:

    the Diplomatic Conference of 1929; the International Red Cross Conferences in Tokyo (1934) and London (1938);...
  • International involvement in defense operations that doesn’t take corruption into account can exacerbate the problem, and security assistance can make a country less secure if it isn’t accountable. Acknowledging the impact of corruption comes first followed up by the realization that transparency and accountability – not more secrecy – are a big part of the solution.

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  • Organized crime is increasingly seen as having implications broader than the traditional frameworks of security and justice, but also severely impacting on the capacity to achieve basic social and economic development objectives for the vast majority of vulnerable and marginalized people in the world.  The process of developing the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) framework...

  • A functioning justice system that upholds the rule of law is considered a critical feature of peacebuilding, state-building and post-conflict recovery efforts. However the concept of ‘justice’ must also encompass notions that go far beyond the rule of law, argues a news piece from saferworld. If peace is to hold, or if conflicts are to be avoided in the first place, as much as justice...

  • A new report from the United States Institute of Peace draws from the work of scholars and constitution makers who have been exchanging ideas about how to ensure that modern constitutions incorporate the needs and aspirations of the citizens they are intended to govern. As the countries of the Arab Spring transition from authoritarian regimes and overcome ethnic and sectarian divisions, they...

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina: Lawmakers in the Serb part of Bosnia passed a controversial law Thursday that allows authorities to fine people who post offensive content on social networks — a move rights activists have labeled as limiting freedom of expression.

    Botswana: On Monday, 2 February, the Botswana High Court delivered judgment in a constitutional challenge to the Adoption of Children Act...

  • Afghanistan: Afghanistan’s fraught political transition and intensifying armed conflict have generated uncertainty placing the rights gains of the past decade at risk, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2015. The power-sharing deal naming Ashraf Ghani as president and Abdullah Abdullah as chief executive officer, growing pressure from Taliban insurgents, and the decline in foreign...

  • Human rights lawyers in New York are preparing to file an appeal against a United States judge’s decision to dismiss a class action lawsuit against the United Nations, the next step in an uphill battle that, if successful, may change the way the public can hold the institution accountable for its actions.

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  • Afghanistan: A call center in Afghanistan aims to give the public a direct role in policing. By dialing 119 on a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week call service operating since 2009, members of the public can report anything from crimes and terrorist activity to human rights violations and police corruption.

    Cameroon: An assessment of the extent of illegal logging in Cameroon and the response...

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