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Acquittal Marks Advance for Struggle against Torture in Brazil
A criminal court in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has for the first time acknowledged the validity of internationally agreed standards on effective legal and medical investigations into allegations of torture—resulting in the acquittal of seven torture survivors who had been tried for drugs-related charges.
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.
Justice Initiative Joins Calls to Defend Legacy of Guatemala's CICIG
The Justice Initiative joined over 200 organizations in a public statement, calling on Guatemala's new government to safeguard the advances of CICIG, the U.N.-backed anti-corruption commission.
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.