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  • A new law to ensure defendants' right to information during criminal proceedings has been published in the Official Journal - the EU's statute book - and will be applicable across the European Union. The 'Directive on the right to information in criminal proceedings' was proposed by the European Commission in July 2010, voted by the European Parliament on 13 December 2011 (see IP/11/1534) and...

  • The high-level meeting of the 67th Session of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 24 September 2012. This is a unique occasion for all Member States, non-governmental organisations and civil society represented at the highest level, to discuss and agree a forward looking agenda on...

  • I sat down to lunch with a social entrepreneur marketing solar light bulbs to the developing world.  “What is your biggest challenge?” I asked, “Distribution?  Design?  Pricing?”  “Corruption at the border,” he replied.  “I need to get a container full of lights into Uganda – but the border guards keep taking such a big cut that I can’t get the lights to market.” 

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  • The International Criminal Court has a new Chief Prosecutor, Ms. Fatou Bensouda, who was sworn in today during a ceremony in the Hague. At a time when the ICC is seeking to prosecute a number of high-level accused, from Saif al-Islam Gaddafi to former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, this marks the first time an African or a woman will hold the Chief Prosecutor position. In addition to her...

  • Over the past month, the South Sudan government, led by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, has revealed high levels of grand corruption by South Sudanese government officials – amounting to $4 billion - as well as efforts by South Sudan to change this. First, on May 3, 2012 President Mayardit sent a letter to seventy-five current and former government officials requesting them to return stolen...

  • UN Women's report, Progress of the World's Women 2011-2012: In Pursuit of Justice explores how justice systems can be made to work for women. Where laws and justice systems work well, they can provide an essential mechanism for women to realize their human rights.

    Check out more at UN Women's website.

    Included in their report are ten proven approaches to making justice systems...

  • Foreign Policy's Colum Lynch provides a look at the Third World troops who fight the U.N.'s wars. Check out his slide show tour of the U.N. photo archives showing just how much the complexion and nationality of U.N. blue helmets has changed over time.

  • 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...

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