Topic: Rule of Law
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.
New Panel Assesses Candidates ahead of Inter-American Human Rights Vote
An independent panel legal experts is urging the Organization of American States to adopt a more transparent approach to selecting judges and commissioners for the inter-American human rights court and commission.
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.
New Independent Panel Will Monitor Election of Inter-American Human Rights Commissioners and Judges
In a move to support and strengthen human rights in the Americas, a panel of five independent experts will monitor the forthcoming election of new members to the region’s human rights commission and court.
Guatemala Recommits to Battle against Criminal Impunity
Extending the work of a UN-backed commission in Guatemala that fights corruption and organized criminality will reinforce efforts to strengthen the rule of law, the Open Society Justice Initiative said.
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.
An Action Plan to Strengthen the Execution of European Human Rights Rulings
Civil society groups have set out a ten-point action plan aimed at strengthening the execution of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.
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.
NGOs Respond to Belgian Proposals on European Rights System
Ten European and international civil society groups have responded to proposals from Belgium that could lead to speedier and more effective execution of judgments made by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
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.
Ban Ki-moon Places Justice at Heart of Post-2015 Development Agenda
The Open Society Foundations welcome UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for justice to feature as an essential element of the next global sustainable development agenda.
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.