Topic: Rule of Law
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Judicial Independence Under Threat in Guatemala
Recent events have shown that Guatemala’s justice system is still subject to powerful political and economic interests.
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.