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  • In the latest Open Society Foundation blog, OSF's president, Christopher Stone, discusses police reform across the world.

    July 24, 2012   by Christopher Stone

    Police Need a New Professionalism (Fortunately, It’s Already Hiding Inside Many Agencies)

    In cities across the United States, violent crime rates are at record lows as are the numbers of civilians killed by...

  • 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...

  • Former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor, was convicted this morning of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Sierra Leonean civil war (1991 – 2002). The verdict issued by the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), sitting in The Hague, marks an important conviction in international criminal law. Taylor is the first former African head of state to be tried...