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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.
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.
New European Union Directive on Counterterrorism is Seriously Flawed
European Union member states must ensure that a new effort to standardize counterterrorism laws does not undermine fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.
Dutch Nationality Laws Leave Six-Year Old in Legal Limbo
More than 13,000 children in the Netherlands are classed as being of "unknown" nationality. One of them is taking his case to the UN Human Rights Committee.
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.