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Kazakhstan Court Orders Damages in Police Torture Case
A court in Kazakhstan has ordered the local police authorities to pay compensation to Alexander Gerasimov for his torture by police, in an important step forwards for accountability.
Survey Data Highlights Police Ethnic Bias in Spain
A new national survey released today in Madrid indicates that members of ethnic minorities in Spain are twice as likely to be stopped and checked by police than members of the majority population.
Council of Europe Parliamentarians Endorse Tshwane Principals
The Open Society Justice Initiative welcomes the endorsement by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) of the Global Principals on National Security and the Right to Information.
French Court to Hear Unprecedented Challenge to Police Ethnic Profiling
Thirteen young French men of North or Sub-Saharan African origin say that they have been subject to identity checks based on what they look like, rather than something they did.
Accord on Access to a Lawyer will Strengthen European Arrest Rights
A new EU directive will require police in all member states to ensure that suspects have appropriate access to a lawyer before questioning.
Azimjan Askarov Takes His Torture and Unfair Trial in Kyrgyzstan to Human Rights Committee
The case of Azimjan Askarov, a 61-year old human rights defender, is a litmus test for the administration of justice in Kyrgyzstan.
Eight Groups Urge French Leaders to Honor Promise on Police Ethnic Profiling
The French government should respect President François Hollande’s election campaign commitment to fight against ethnic profiling and abusive practices during identity checks.
UN Faults Kazakhstan for Police Torture and Intimidation
A decision from the UN Committee against Torture underlines widespread concerns about the use of torture by police in Kazakhstan.