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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.

October 18, 2016
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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.

October 18, 2016
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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.

July 13, 2016
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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.

June 20, 2016
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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.

June 03, 2016
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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.

April 27, 2016
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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.

April 21, 2016
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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.

April 11, 2016
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