Topic: Rule of Law

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Case Digests: Recent Remedies Decisions from the European Court of Human Rights

This digest sets out summaries of decisions of the European Court of Human Rights with regard to awards of individual and general measures under Article 46 from January 2013 to December 2014.

July 08, 2015
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Case Watch: Judicial Activism at the European Court of Human Rights

Over the last decade the Strasbourg court has become increasingly comfortable recommending and ordering the measures that governments need to take to address breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights.

July 08, 2015 | Casey Rubinoff

More Than a Decade after Kalashnikov, Russian Prisons Still Abysmal

An avalanche of European Court judgments has condemned Russian prisons as inhuman and degrading, but conditions remain at odds with basic human rights standards guaranteed by the European Convention.

June 24, 2015 | Marina Van Riel
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Case Digest: Abuse of Detainees in Russia: Article 3 ECHR

This briefing paper summarizes 49 recent decisions delivered by the European Court of Human Rights relating to the prohibition of torture and degrading treatment (Article 3) within the Russian Federation.

June 2015
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African Court Orders Remedies and Damages in Case of Murdered Journalist

Africa’s fledgling human rights court has made its first substantial order of financial damages, in a case against Burkina Faso brought by the wife of Norbert Zongo, an investigative journalist murdered in 1998.

June 09, 2015 | Chidi Odinkalu
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Case Digests: Human Rights Decisions of the East African Court of Justice, May 2015

Summaries of 18 decisions taken by the East African Court of Justice affecting the rule of law and human rights, taken between May 2013 and February 2015.

May 2015
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Case Watch: Time Limits Thwart Justice in East Africa

The East Africa Court of Justice's strict two-year time limit—and refusal to recognize ongoing violations—impedes access to justice.

May 20, 2015 | Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye

Case Watch: European Court Insists on Stringent Investigation of Enforced Disappearance

A case involving a man who disappeared after being detained by the army in south-east Turkey illustrates how the legal thinking of the European Court of Human Rights has evolved over the past two decades.

May 11, 2015 | Zsuzsanna Nyitray

Africa’s Rights Commission Targets Aribitrary Arrest and Detention

New guidelines from the African Commission meant to improve arrest and detention practices should be greeted warmly—if also warily, since their success will depend on proper implementation by national governments.

May 06, 2015 | Stanley Ibe

Case Watch: Defining “Degrading Treatment” at the European Court of Human Rights

Two recent cases show the Strasbourg courts efforts to refine its definition of what amounts to inhuman or degrading treatment for a person held in detention.

May 05, 2015 | Amy Strand

Amid Ebola Emergency, Political Problems Distract Sierra Leone

The sacking of Sierra Leone's vice president has sparked political tensions and fueled concerns about the role of the constitution and the rule of law.

March 27, 2015 | Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye
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Unfinished Business: Guatemala’s International Commission against Impunity

The International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala remains an “indispensable partner” in battle against organized criminality, according to this review of the performance of the UN-backed body.

March 2015
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Kazakh Court Again Orders Police to Pay Torture Compensation

A court in Kazakhstan has again ordered local police to pay compensation to a torture victim, recognizing the country’s obligation to respond to the UN Committee Against Torture.

December 24, 2014 | Alexandra Cherkasenko

Justice, Development Planning, and the Role of Regular People

The move toward including justice in the UN’s post-2015 development agenda highlights the fundamental role of civil society—and regular people—in securing sustainable development.

December 18, 2014 | Peter Chapman

Access to Justice Should Be a Development Priority

Indonesia should support the inclusion of justice targets in the new set of development goals being negotiated at the UN.

December 17, 2014 | Erna Witoelar & Alvon Palma

Case Watch: Lithuanian Farmers Argue that a Blockade Is Not a Riot

A European court case involving a peaceful, but disruptive, demonstration by angry Lithuanian farmers has implications for the right to protest across Europe.

November 21, 2014 | Amy Strand

Judicial Independence Under Threat in Guatemala

Recent events have shown that Guatemala’s justice system is still subject to powerful political and economic interests.

November 11, 2014 | Emi MacLean

Justice in Guatemala: New Efforts, Continuing Threats

Almost 20 years after the end of Guatemala’s bitter civil war, victims of human rights atrocities are still waiting for offenders to be brought to justice. Their quest is now at a critical crossroads.

October 30, 2014 | Emi MacLean & Iris Portillo

Time to Close the Circle: Development Needs Justice

UN member states are launching negotiations on global development goals for 2015-30. It is time to include targets for justice.

September 23, 2014 | James A. Goldston

Case Watch: A Tale of Two European Courts

Denied access to the Court of Justice of the European Union, a Tunisian migrant worker took his case against Italy to the European Court of Human Rights.

July 07, 2014 | Cristina Marian
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