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  • "How to use evidence to influence policy? Oxfam Great Britain has some experience in this area, and in a new paper by some of their team – “Using Evidence to Influence Policy: Oxfam’s Experience” – they lay out the lessons they’ve learned over the years. Here are 8 lessons we gleaned from their experience..."

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  • "Lawyers frequently find themselves caught between their obligations to governmental authorities and their fidelity to their clients. This becomes particularly problematic when, as intermediaries in business transactions, they become aware of, or are requested to facilitate, illicit financial flows (IFFs). Lawyers can become complicit in, or even initiate, economic crime, as the case studies...

  • "‘Taking stock: A decade of drug policy’ evaluates the impacts of drug policies implemented across the world over the past decade, using data from the United Nations (UN), complemented with peer-reviewed academic research and grey literature reports from civil society. The important role of civil society in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of global drug policies is...

  • "Recent recognition of the work of Nobel Laureate Nadia Murad has drawn global attention to the issue of sexual violence and gender-based violence in conflict. But, as ICTJ Expert Kelli Muddell argues, the nuances of gender norms and how they impact women, men, and vulnerable populations are still often missing from conversations about victims."

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  • "I’ve run several blogging workshops in recent weeks, with seasoned campaigners at Global Witness, Oxfam Novib’s youth wing, and academic bloggers at the Institute for Social Studies in The Hague...Despite the differences between the participants, similar editorial points kept cropping up, so I thought I’d try and nail them down here..."

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  • Defending human rights requires an array of tools. One of the most powerful is strategic litigation: using the courts to effect large-scale social change. Strategic, or public interest, litigation has tipped the balance in ending segregation in state schools, securing reproductive rights for women, and ensuring freedom of the press, among other contested but fundamental rights. Yet strategic...

  • "Displacement crises can create fertile ground for future conflict and extremism if they remain unaddressed. Thus, for international donors...it is critical to support transitional justice processes that include large-scale displacement and the justice claims of victims within their mandates. Measures can be taken even while violent conflicts are ongoing."

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  • "A group of United Nations agencies has issued a joint statement calling for a ban on tests meant to assess the virginity of a girl or a woman, which is a common practice in at least 20 countries. The statement, which was issued during the World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) in Rio de Janeiro, stresses that such tests are both unscientific, and a violation of human rights."...

  • "The campaign by more than 2,600 candidates to secure votes in the Afghan parliamentary elections is in full swing, for over a week now. 35 would-be MPs, however, are not running. They have been barred from standing by the Electoral Complaints Commission, chiefly for ties to illegal armed groups. In this piece, AAN’s Ali Yawar Adili looks at the vetting provisions and procedures."

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  • "Penal Reform International, together with the Thailand Institute of Justice, is developing guidance on gender-specific rehabilitation and reintegration programmes for women prisoners, to assist with the implementation of the UN Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-Custodial Sanctions for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules)." To inform this work, they are seeking "examples of...

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