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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.
Antiterrorism Detention Regime in the Netherlands Breaches Human Rights
Dutch authorities are detaining people in inhuman conditions at special terrorism prisons in De Schie and Vught, Amnesty International and the Open Society Justice Initiative said in a report.
Prosecutors Whitewash Germany’s Role in Civilian Drone Strike Death
German prosecutors are blocking an investigation into the death of an innocent Somali herdsman, killed by a U.S. drone operated from airbases inside Germany.
Guatemala Must Reaffirm Commitment to Combating Corruption
Any attempt to interfere with CICIG’s work would be a setback to efforts to battle corruption and restore government accountability in Guatemala.
Judges’ Threat Poses New Challenge to Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Tribunal
The Khmer Rouge tribunal risks profoundly damaging its legacy to both the Cambodian people and to international justice should it agree to abandon its three remaining investigative cases.
Expert Panel Urges Members of Organization of American States to Act on Transparency at Human Rights Commission and Court
Five leading experts on the Inter-American human rights system have called on regional governments to take concrete steps to make the selection and election of judges and commissioners more open.
After Long Struggle, Kenya’s Nubian Minority Secures Land Rights
The Kenyan government has granted security of land tenure to the country's Nubian minority in Nairobi's Kibera neighborhood—following a campaign that included both human rights litigation and community activism.
Discriminatory Police Stops Brought before European Court of Human Rights
The Open Society Justice Initiative has filed two separate applications this month before the European Court of Human Rights that challenge racially-discriminatory police stops in France and Spain.