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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.
New Panel Assesses Candidates ahead of Inter-American Human Rights Vote
An independent panel legal experts is urging the Organization of American States to adopt a more transparent approach to selecting judges and commissioners for the inter-American human rights court and commission.
Swiss Decision Undermines Efforts to End Conflict Resource Trade
A decision not to prosecute Argor-Heraus, a Swiss precious metals company that handled pillaged African gold, undermines international efforts to eliminate the illegal resource trade that fuels conflicts around the world.
New Independent Panel Will Monitor Election of Inter-American Human Rights Commissioners and Judges
In a move to support and strengthen human rights in the Americas, a panel of five independent experts will monitor the forthcoming election of new members to the region’s human rights commission and court.
Guatemala Recommits to Battle against Criminal Impunity
Extending the work of a UN-backed commission in Guatemala that fights corruption and organized criminality will reinforce efforts to strengthen the rule of law, the Open Society Justice Initiative said.
Human Rights Committee Faults Kyrgyzstan for Death in Custody
The ruling against Kyrgyzstan from the UN Human Rights Committee underlines the obligation to protect prisoners from violence, including violence from other prisoners.