Topic: Criminal Justice

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Almost a Decade after his Death, Sergei Magnitsky Gets a Measure of Justice

The ruling from Europe's human rights court validates the underlying rationale for the laws adopted by the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and some other countries to impose sanctions on designated individuals implicated in gross human rights abuses.

August 27, 2019 | Aryeh Neier
The tombstone at the grave of lawyer Sergey Magnitsky at a cemetery in Moscow, Russia, on November 16, 2012.
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Q&A: Mothers Are Leading the Search for Mexico’s Missing People

Mexico continues to break records for its rates of deadly violence and disappearances, but criminal accountability remains virtually absent. A group of mothers in the state of Coahuila have taken up their own fight for truth and justice.

August 22, 2019
A woman placing photographs on a street
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To Strengthen the Rule of Law, Protect the Independence of Prosecutors

The case of Laura Codruţa Kövesi at the European Court of Human Rights underlines the importance of prosecutorial independence in protecting the rule of law.

July 10, 2019 | Maïté De Rue
A group of protestors holding a sign
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Volunteer Lawyers Give New Direction to Nigerian Legal Aid Initiative

In the town of Ikorodu, local lawyers are delivering free legal aid to detainees within 48 hours of arrest and joining an effort to steer people charged with nonviolent crimes away from unnecessary detention.

February 13, 2019 | Stanley Ibe
Three men in a police station
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When It Comes to Race, European Justice Is Not Blind

A new survey of 12 EU member countries shows that how people are treated by the police and the courts often depends on their race or ethnic background.

December 04, 2018 | Zaza Namoradze & Irmina Pacho
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Ending Racial Bias in Police Stop and Search

Despite recent reforms, police in the UK continue to unfairly target people of color when using stop and search. A new report should be a wake-up call to those who still defend this failed, counterproductive policy.

October 23, 2018 | Rebekah Delsol
Police talking to a person wearing a helmet
Briefing Paper

Submission to the UN Commission against Torture Review of the Netherlands

This submission argues that the Dutch government’s use of specialized high-security “terrorist” detention units has led to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

October 2018
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Mexico’s Criminal Justice System Is Failing. It’s Time for a New Vision of Reform

Human rights advocates, as well as a diverse collection of artists and policymakers, are calling on the government to seek international support in order to reinvigorate a discredited justice system.

May 04, 2018 | Christian De Vos
A person standing in an open gallery space
Report

Corruption that Kills: Why Mexico Needs an International Mechanism to Combat Impunity

This report argues Mexico needs an international response to investigate and prosecute atrocity crimes.

May 2018
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Report

Strategic Litigation Impacts: Torture in Custody

This study looks at how activists in Argentina, Kenya, and Turkey have sought to use the courts to secure remedies for torture victims and survivors, bring those responsible to justice, and enforce and strengthen the law.

November 14, 2017
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Voices

Nigeria’s Legal Aid Lawyers Win Police Recognition

A legal aid scheme that targets Nigeria’s excessive use of pretrial detention is primed to expand across the country.

September 28, 2017 | Stanley Ibe
Two men inside a jail
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Case Watch: European Rights Court Lags on Access to Legal Counsel for Criminal Suspects

A ruling from Europe's human rights court failed to reinforce a growing consensus on the right of suspects in police custody to be guaranteed early access to legal counsel.

May 22, 2017 | Marina Ilminska
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How Mexican Human Rights Lawyers Found a New Route to Accountability

Mexican federal prosecutors must apologize to three indigenous women who were maliciously prosecuted and jailed—in a case that charts a new route to accountability.

February 21, 2017 | Adriana García & Mercedes Melon
A woman walking in front of a colorful mural
Briefing Paper

Recent Developments at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia: November 2016

The ECCC's Supreme Court affirmed life sentences given to the two senior surviving Khmer Rouge leaders, but severely criticized the handling of their trial.

November 2016
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A Victory in France in the Struggle against Racial Bias in Policing

A ruling from France’s top civil court affirmed that the police are subject to antidiscrimination laws, and set the stage for a change in policing practices.

November 14, 2016 | Lanna Hollo
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The European Union Embraces a Common Approach to Legal Aid

A new directive establishes minimum standards on legal aid, and caps a successful effort to standardize criminal justice procedures across member states.

October 19, 2016 | Zaza Namoradze
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Case Watch: Justice Sotomayor Highlights Impact of Biased Policing

A Supreme Court justice’s arguments make for powerful reading, given the troubled state of relations between the police and African American communities across the country.

August 22, 2016 | Michael Youhana
Voices

Confronting Crimes against Humanity in Mexico

Mexico faces a deep national crisis of atrocity and impunity: extraordinary action is needed to address these crimes, and to strengthen the criminal justice system.

June 07, 2016 | Eric Witte
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Report

Undeniable Atrocities: Confronting Crimes against Humanity in Mexico

This report argues there is a “reasonable basis” to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed against civilians in Mexico over the past decade.

June 2016
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Fact Sheet

International Crimes

What is the difference between “ordinary” crimes and crimes against humanity? When lawyers talk about international law, what does that mean?

June 2016
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