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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.

October 31, 2018
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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.

August 02, 2018
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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.

May 03, 2018
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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.

January 12, 2018
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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.

December 18, 2017
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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.

March 20, 2017
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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.

February 21, 2017
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European Union Must Address Widespread Ethnic Profiling by Police

Heightened concerns over both migration and the threat of terrorism are fueling discriminatory policing practices in Europe.

December 06, 2016
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