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UN Human Rights Committee Calls on Kyrgyzstan to Release Azimjan Askarov
The HRC found that Mr Askarov had been arbitrarily detained, held in inhumane conditions, tortured and mistreated, and prevented from adequately preparing his defense in a manifestly unfair trial.
Legal Complaint Targets Germany’s Role in U.S. Drone Program
A court in Cologne will hear a civil complaint on April 27 which argues that the use of U.S. bases on German territory to support drone strikes violates German law.
New Report Stresses Lessons in Shortcomings of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Tribunal
A survey of the work of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia highlights lessons for future mass atrocity tribunals that combine local and international staff and judges.
Azerbaijan Challenged Over Deprivation of Citizenship
A leading Azerbaijani journalist and rights defender, Emin Huseynov, is asking the European Court of Human Rights to rule that he has been wrongly stripped of his citizenship.
New Legal Action Targets Germany’s Support for U.S. Drone Strikes
Germany’s role in supporting drone strikes by the U.S. military is being challenged in legal complaints filed over the death of an innocent Somali herdsman in 2012.
New Report: Time to Rebuild Rule of Law in Mexico’s Guerrero State
An assessment of the justice system in Mexico’s Guerrero state has underlined the systematic failure to investigate and prosecute the grave crimes of murder, torture and enforced disappearance.
EU Court Finds Bulgarian Electricity Company Discriminated against Roma
The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that a Bulgarian electricity company treated predominantly Roma districts in an “offensive and stigmatizing” way, breaching European antidiscrimination laws.
Paris Court Accepts Appeal on French Police Ethnic Profiling Case
The Paris appeals court made a landmark decision in favor of five young men of Arab and African descent who were discriminated by the French police on the basis of racial and ethnic grounds.