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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...

  • IRIN News provides analysis on treatment of Libya’s non-Arab minorities, including an estimated 250,000 Tuaregs. Since Muammar Gaddafi’s fall seven months ago, many minority groups have begun more vehemently to insist on their rights.

  • Check out IPI's video discussion on enforcing international arrest warrants. Following an introductory keynote address by outgoing ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, a panel of speakers examined country case studies in order to draw out wider lessons about the role of states and NGOs in achieving more effective strategies for enforcing outstanding arrest warrants. 

  • Marta Martinelli, senior policy officer for Africa for the Open Society Foundation, gives an interview on Security Sector Reform in Democratic Republic of Congo assessing some of the big picture issues involved.

  • IRIN humuanitarian news and analysis provides analysis on the arrest of a senior Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander, which has reignited debate in Uganda about what to do with alleged war criminals: let them go, to encourage other rebels to surrender; or prosecute them in the name of accountability and justice.

  • 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.

  • USIP's Robert Perito discusses security sector issues for Syria on USIP Blog, Olive Branch.

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