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  • Afghanistan: Winters in Afghanistan can be harsh, but few Afghan places of detention can afford proper heating.

    Australia: Despite its prevalence, sexual violence remains in the shadows in many contexts, making it a challenge for humanitarian organizations to respond effectively to the needs of the victims. In this interview with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)...

  • Most of the public conversation about terrorism has focused on conventional counter-terror efforts, that overlap with and influence stabilisation and statebuilding efforts. However, such efforts are often ineffective, and even counterproductive. In ‘Envisaging more constructive alternatives to the counter-terror paradigm’, Larry Attree (Saferworld) and David Keen (London School of Economics)...

  • Much of Magna Carta is impenetrable to modern readers, couched in medieval jargon and concerned with the detail of relations between the king and his most powerful feudal tenants. And the charter's most significant innovation, a "security clause" in which the king was subjected to the oversight of a panel of 25 barons, proved impossible to implement.

    But the document quickly gained a...

  • Incarcerated young people have high rates of neurodevelopmental disorders. A recent international review of research found estimates of the rate of learning disability among young people in custody range from 23% to 32%, compared to 2-4% among the general population.

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  • In this podcast, David Alpher, Washington Representative for Saferworld, discusses community policing in an international context.

    The interview was conducted for the US Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) monthly podcast series. Although the COPS program usually focuses on domestic American issues, the addition of an international focus adds an important...

  • Looking back, 2014 was not a good year for keeping things safe under digital lock and key. If a score was being kept, it might seem that the cybercriminals are in the lead, despite the valiant efforts – and own goals – from the cybersecurity profession worldwide.

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  • Afghanistan: The U.S.-led coalition invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to oust the Taliban and stayed on, in part, to build a western-style democracy, including legal safeguards for women. A quota was mandated for women in public offices, such as parliament and provincial councils. Earlier this year, however, conservative lawmakers rolled back the quota reserved for women in provincial councils to 20...

  • There is a well-recorded violence bias in media reporting, meaning when you turn on your TV or browse the internet to look at the news, you’re likely to get a highly biased sample of material that focuses only on spectacular and negative stories. To add to the misperception, human beings also have a wide variety of cognitive limitations that help us to sort information but interfere with our...

  • Today it may strange to talk about the promise of human rights after the first 15 years of the 21st century and the international reaction to the threat of terrorism. Can we be optimistic about the future of human rights?

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  • The Global status report on violence prevention 2014 reveals that 475 000 people were murdered in 2012, and homicide is the third leading cause of death globally for males aged 15-44 years, highlighting the urgent need for more decisive action to prevent violence.

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