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  • See IRIN analysis of sex trafficking and sex slavery in Israel. The arrest and imprisonment earlier this month of the head of Israel's biggest trafficking ring of young women will deter some of those involved in sex slavery, but former victims and activists say much more needs to be done to stop the practice.

  • Sexual harassment is an everyday issue for women in Nepal, particularly in urban areas. Although exact numbers are unavailable, activists say the problem is on the rise and are demanding change.

  • The UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice last month adopted new UN Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems—a set of principles designed to ensure that access to legal information, advice and assistance is available to all through the provision of legal aid. Read about Malawi's role in the adoption of the UN Principles and Guidelines here...

  • The role of the police in helping combat HIV is emerging as a key issue in public health. Several international consultations are scheduled for 2012 to drive for cultural change within law enforcement bodies in HIV prevention.

    The first such consultation was held at the Headquarters of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in Rome on 10-11 May 2012.

  • The number of countries with laws to combat domestic violence has doubled since 2009. Althought this marks positive progress, OECD report notes that significant discriminatory laws and practices against women remain prevalent around the world.

  • Namati and Open Society Foundation provide analysis on New Legal Aid Law in Sierra Leone embracing the role of paralegals.

  • A Juvenile Justice program in Angola is using alternatives to detention in lieu of prison schemes, including community service, school enrolment, vocational training, and cultural and sporting activities. The program seeks to give juvenile offenders a second chance and has proven to be effective and cost-saving.

  • Over 150 new constitutions have been created since 1975, and as many as 20 national constitutions are reformed or adopted each year. Recent months and the ‘Arab Spring’ have proven that this development continues. This year alone, constitutional reforms have been, or are, on the agenda in Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Nepal, Southern Sudan, Zimbabwe and now Libya.

    For Interpeace's 2011...

  • In conflict-affected states, it is increasingly recognized that organized crime and related serious crime thrive. Given weak institutions, few economic opportunities, and serious security threats, the activities of organized crime can have a disproportionate and devastating impact in fragile states, particularly when a political transition to peace or democracy is underway.

    As a...

  • The the International Security Sector Advisory Team at Geneva Cetre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces's Community of Practice recently posted a blog about the new book, International Law in Domestic Courts: Rule of Law Reform in Post-Conflict Countries. The book editors, Edda Kristjánsdóttir, André Nollkaemper and Cedric Ryngaert, hosted a book launch last week.

    In answering a...