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  • On Wednesday, 16 May 2012, the European Court for Human Rights will hear El-Masri’s case, who as a German citizen was abducted by the CIA in “extraordinary rendition” through wrong identification. It is the first case to come before the Strasbourg court arising from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's program of 'extraordinary rendition', involving the covert cross-border transfer of terror...

  • ICTR Appeals Chamber affirmed the convictions of three defendants for genocide, crimes against humanity and other crimes, 8 May 2012. Gaspard Kanyarukiga, Aloys Ntabakuze, and Ildephonse Hategekimana were sentenced to 30 years, 35 years, and life in prison, respectively. Ntabakuze and Hategekimana were both officers in the Rwandan Army (commander and lieutenant). Kanyarukiga, a businessman,...

  • IRIN provides analysis on the future of aid policy beyond the MDGs and highlights a paper by the Institute of Development Studies addressing the issue of human security in the next generation of development goals.

  • 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.

  • Experts: Inject Human Rights In Rio+20 Goals

    [06-05-2012]UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay and 22 independent experts urges all states to ensure that human rights are integrated in the final outcome of the UN Rio+20 sustainable development goals.

    Published by the editor The Danish Institute for Human Rights

    Twenty years after the UN Conference on Environment and Development in...

  • On April 30, 2012, Colette Rausch, Director of USIP's Rule of Law Center, discussed the Charles Taylor verdict, what it accomplishes, and what society is still left to deal with. Her blog, part of USIP's Olive Branch, is provided below.

    Dealing With Past Human Rights Abuses and Atrocities: A Recipe for Humanity

    Upon learning of the Charles Taylor conviction for war...

  • The United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice recently adopted the United Nations Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems, the first international instrument on legal aid. This will then go through a process to potentially be adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2012. The following two blogs analyze the...

  • 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...

  • On March 14, 2012, INPROL’s Director Vivienne O’Connor discussed the role of trauma in rule of law in light of the situation in Libya in USIP’s Olive Branch. She raises the important issue in how to address trauma with national stakeholders while trying to build rule of law capacity immediately after conflict. The blog is provided below.

    On the Ground in Libya: How PTSD Affects...

  • The Open Society Justice Initiative recently released their latest publication, Improving Pretrial Justice: The Role of Lawyers and Paralegals. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the positive impact that early intervention by lawyers and paralegals can have on pretrial justice generally—and on the use of pretrial detention in particular—and to provide a guide to the ways in which...

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