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French Court Victory Calls Police to Account over Racially-Biased Stops
France’s top civil court ruled today that police stops which disproportionately target young people of African and Arab origin are illegal, in a judgment that clears the way for fundamental changes in French police practices.
Rights Groups Urge Mexico to Adopt Proposed Advisory Council to Fight Impunity
The Mexican government is being urged to include international as well as Mexican experts in an advisory council that would spearhead the fight against impunity.
European Court Judgment Falls Short on Protecting Roma Rights
The European Court of Human Rights ordered Russia to compensate six Roma families for their eviction in 2006, but failed to acknowledge that the action was racially motivated.
New Report Calls for Repeal of UK Counter-Extremism Reporting Obligation
The UK should repeal 2015 legislation that imposes a legal obligation on education and healthcare professionals to report individuals believed to be at risk of being draw into terrorism.
Kyrgyzstan’s Top Court Fails to Deliver Expected Askarov Release
Kyrgyzstan’s Supreme Court this week failed to free the country’s best-known political prisoner, Azimjan Askarov, despite a ruling from the UN Human Rights Committee requiring his immediate release.
Romania’s Role in CIA Torture and Rendition Comes Before European Court
Romania’s efforts to draw a veil over its support for the Central Intelligence Agency’s program of torture and secret rendition a decade ago will come under unprecedented scrutiny at the European Court of Human Rights.
Atrocity Crimes in Mexico Demand an Extraordinary Response
There is a “reasonable basis” to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed in Mexico by both government forces and the Zetas drug cartel.
Lawyers Say Court Errs in Ignoring German Role in U.S. Drone Strikes
A German court erred in rejecting a legal challenge to Germany’s support for targeted killings carried out by the United States, according to lawyers for the complainant.