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European Court of Human Rights Finds Russia Responsible for Death of Whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky
The European Court of Human Rights today delivered a comprehensive rebuke to Russia over the 2009 death in pretrial detention of Sergei Magnitsky, the accountant who had previously exposed a $230m tax fraud involving officials of Russia’s powerful Interior Ministry.
Kyrgyzstan Court Orders Compensation Payment, after UN Human Rights Committee Ruling
A court in Kyrgyzstan has for the first time enforced a ruling of the UN Human Rights Committee independently of any criminal conviction.
UN Rights Committee Finds Turkmenistan Responsible for Torture and Death of a Journalist
Journalist and human rights activist Ogulsapar Muradova was tortured and subsequently died in prison in September 2006.
New Report Calls for an Internationalized Response to Atrocity Crimes and Corruption in Mexico
A new report argues that international participation and support will be essential to combating the political obstruction and partisan interests that currently impede Mexico’s troubled justice system.
European Rights Court Seeks Responses from Spain on Police Ethnic Profiling
A young foreign resident of Spain filed a complaint before the court over a racially-biased police identity check.
International Rights Groups Urge Mexico’s President to Veto Flawed Security Law
A proposed new security law in Mexico will regularize the role of the armed forces in domestic law enforcement with no significant civilian oversight.
Kyrgyzstan Accepts UN Human Rights Committee Ruling with Compensation Award
Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court has for the first time awarded compensation in line with the findings of the UN Human Rights Committee, in the case of a man who was killed in police custody.
With Askarov Case, Kyrgyzstan Belies Pledges to End Torture and Uphold the Rule of Law
Azimjan Askarov, a 66-year-old human rights defender, remains in prison serving a life sentence, despite manifest and profound shortcomings in the handling of his case.