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  • In June, Malawi made headlines across the continent by opting not to host the next African Union (AU) Summit. The crux of the matter was that the AU insisted that all Heads of State must be invited to attend the gathering – a group that would include Sudan’s infamous leader President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is sought on an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges...

  • Accountability has been a buzz word within the international community providing assistance, whether in a developing or conflict-affected context. In new analyses, IRIN looks at accountability through a number of lenses:

    What is accountability? What are ways organizations have tried to be accountable? What has been the progress of the international community on accountability? How to put...
  • South Sudan celebrates its first year as an independent state today. With that, Reuters created a photo spread looking at how South Sudan’s first year unfolded.

  • Through July 28th, PBS is showing their Documentary, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, online. It looks at how a documentary filmed in Guatemala in 1983 provided the key evidence to indict former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt with genocide. This timely look at the links between film evidence and international crimes comes when issues around documenting evidence of atrocities for...

  • A new report by the Open Society Institute-Brussels and Transparency International EU looks at the potential for new EU legislation governing the extractive industry to positively affect African citizens. The European Parliament and Council of Ministers have the opportunity in the coming months to make sure that EU based companies engaged in the oil, gas, mining and forestry sectors help...

  • Check out Dr. Monisha Bajaj's blog on the Namati Global Legal Empowerment Network, looking at educational initiatives aimed at youth operating in schooling contexts and how they can offer interesting alternatives and broader perspectives on the role of the law. She observes that simply the presence of a specific program on human rights and legal empowerment within schools provides a framework...

  • Libya: armed forces and ICRC sign agreement under which the ICRC will provide support for the integration of the rules of international humanitarian law in the training and operations of the Libyan Armed Forces and in the Military Act.

    South Africa: In a move which threatens to undermine truth and reconciliation - the social contract that informed South Africa’s transition to democracy...

  • Thirteen prominent NGO's working on global justice and rule of law issues have written to Viviane Reding, European Commission Vice-President in charge of Justice, to express their concern about the lack of concrete action towards reform of Europe's pre-trial detention regime, since the November 2011 consultation deadline to the European Commission's Green Paper on Detention. The letter urges...

  • The eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been called the worst areas in the world to be a woman or child. For the past 15 years, women and girls in the region have suffered mass sexual violence on an unimaginable scale, perpetrated by the Congolese army, rebels, militias, and others. Impunity has been the rule, and simply finding courtrooms and judges is next to...

  • Paralegals can be a powerful tool of justice, helping to resolve disputes and empower individual clients and whole communities. Living and working in the communities they serve, community-based paralegals combine their knowledge of the formal justice system with mediation and community education to help the poor and marginalized address their justice problems.

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