Topic: Criminal Justice
Case Watch: UN Rights Body Challenges Police Brutality in Kyrgyzstan
A case of brutality brought to the UN Human Rights Committee supports wider efforts to end torture and abuse by police in Kyrgyzstan.
Fair and Effective Police Stops
This report provides a roadmap for combating ethnic profiling in police work, drawing on reform efforts by five police departments in Spain.
Strengthening Pretrial Justice: A Guide to the Effective Use of Indicators
This guide proposes a methodical approach toward developing and deploying empirically based indicators to identify exemplary and problematic pretrial practices.
In Mexico, Many Deaths in Custody but Few Investigations
In Mexico, the problem of deaths in custody―and the failure to investigate them―is particularly acute.
Case Watch: How Three Recent ECHR Rulings Strengthen Arrest Rights in Europe
Three new rulings have the potential to serve as important and detailed advocacy tools both for those representing defendants in detention and those in law enforcement.
Recent Developments at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia: October 2015
Cambodia's UN-backed tribunal is continuing the second trial of two surviving Khmer Rouge officials, but uncertainties remain over the course of two additional cases.
Two Steps Forward in the Patient Pursuit of Ill-Gotten Gains
Arrests in Panama and Spain highlight the role civil society can play in fighting the corruption and illicit financial flows now targeted in the new global development goals.
The Trial of Bemba et al. at the International Criminal Court
Read the background to the first trial at the International Criminal Court involving charges of corrupting witnesses appearing before the court.
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.
Mexican Courts Can Help End the Use of Torture. So Why Don’t They?
Recently, the Supreme Court of Mexico issued several forceful rulings on how courts should deal with torture allegations. But whether the courts will act on the rulings remains an open question.
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.
Searching for Answers, and Leadership, in Guerrero
Why has there been so little criminal accountability for past killings, disappearances, and torture in the Mexican state of Guerrero?
Pretrial Detention of Juveniles: As Common as It Is Wrong
The extended pretrial detention of juveniles should be a seldom-used measure of last resort, not the sadly common practice it is today.
Broken Justice in Mexico’s Guerrero State
This report analyzes the structural deficiencies of the justice system in Mexico’s Guerrero state—flaws that have enabled perpetrators of violence to operate with almost absolute impunity.
Activist’s Murder Adds to a History of Atrocities in Mexico’s Guerrero State
Miguel Ángel Jiménez Blanco, who led searches to find unmarked graves and identify the remains of those who have disappeared in Mexico's Guerrero state, was found shot to death.
Washington’s Human Rights Award for Azimjan Askarov Sparks Kyrgyzstan’s Anger
An angry response from the government of Kyrgyzstan to a U.S. human rights award highlights its refusal to address the legacy of interethnic violence that erupted in the south of the country in 2010.
Nigeria’s Bold Legislative Agenda for Pretrial Justice Reform
A new law on the administration of justice in Nigeria offers an unprecedented opportunity to address fundamental problems with the pretrial process.
A U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Strengthens Rights of Pretrial Detainees
A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in June has reinforced the principle that the authorities must protect prisoners in pretrial detention from the threat of violence.
Case Watch: European Court Pushes Poland to Speed Up Wheels of Justice
A new ruling from the European Court of Human Rights, and a new Criminal Justice Code, should help Poland address the problem of excessively long legal proceedings.
A Death in Police Custody, an Outpouring of Anger in the Netherlands
The death of 42-year-old Mitch Henriquez at the hands of Dutch police sparked four nights of violent rioting in the Hague, fueled by underlying tensions between the police and minority communities in the Netherlands.