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  • July 30, 2014

    ODI Development Progress BLOG: Filling the Progress Gaps in Women’s Local Participation: Why Innovative Approaches Are Needed

    To date, there have been numerous initiatives to increase women’s participation in conflict resolution, transitional processes and peace building. Substantial progress has been made internationally in this area since the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and subsequent resolutions, which outline international- to local-level actors’ obligations to ensure women’s equal and full participation as active agents in peace and security. Efforts to implement these resolutions have frequently focused on bolstering women’s participation in formal, national-level processes, for example by increasing women’s influence in official peace negotiations, involvement in constitution drafting or election to national parliaments. However, to ensure representative, inclusive democracy, strategies to support women’s participation should extend beyond such formal, national-level processes, to also recognise and strengthen women’s community and local-level participation.

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  • July 30, 2014

    The UN, Individual Privacy and the Surveillance State

    Do citizens of every country have a right to privacy in the digital age? Or, more to the point: how can UN human rights offices and treaties guarantee individuals’ rights to privacy? The UN General Assembly took a stab at this question last year when it passed a resolution that shifted national debates about states’ national security interests to an issue of international human rights.  The United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution A/RES/68/167 on December 18, 2013. Introduced by Germany and Brazil in the wake of the surveillance revelations made public by Edward Snowden, the resolution reaffirms the right to privacy for all global citizens, reaffirming language in existing international law, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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  • July 29, 2014

    Penal Reform International BLOG: How to Build for Success: Prison Design and Infrastructure as a Tool for Rehabilitation

    The importance of any correctional facility’s physical plant to the fulfillment of particular objectives has been long recognized. Historically, correctional facilities have been the architectural expression of competing philosophies of incarceration of the time. In the 18th century, when incarceration was instituted as the primary form of punishment in western societies, the prison itself became the means of punishment. As the prevailing punishment method, early purpose-built correctional design reflected punitive patterns reproducing ideals of enforced solitude and intimidation.

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  • July 29, 2014

    World Needs a New International Court to Tackle Corruption, Says Judge

    Public anger at corruption helped to trigger uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and Ukraine in recent years. The cost of corruption equals more than 5 percent of global GDP, the World Economic Forum estimates. Just as war crimes and human rights abuses by senior public officials led to the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2002, the persistent level of corruption worldwide means an anti-corruption court should be established as part of the ICC or as an independent entity.

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  • July 28, 2014

    OpenSecurity BLOG: Predictive Policing - Mapping the Future of Policing?

    New predictive policing technologies seem to promise crime reduction. But predictive policing also threatens the extension of policing biases; risks to privacy emergent from the data gathering required; and neglect of alternative interventions tackling the root causes of crime. Are the trade offs too large?

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  • July 28, 2014

    Good Governance -- A Sustainable Development Goal Too Essential To Be Side-lined

    The answer to corruption is good governance, at the national and local levels. But governance goes well beyond just stopping corruption. It is the cornerstone of individual freedom, political participation, secures the rights of the individual and the media, and makes politicians accountable to their constituencies.

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  • July 24, 2014

    Insight on Conflict BLOG: Working Safely with Communities: How to Mitigate Risks?

    Organisations working on conflict prevention and peacebuilding increasingly understand the importance of making their programmes responsive to the communities with which they work. That means that they need to engage with those communities to understand their priorities and perceptions. But how can these organisations avoid inadvertently putting communities in danger in the process?

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  • July 24, 2014

    iLawyer BLOG: Increasing the Efficiency of the Criminal Process at the International Criminal Court, While Preserving Individual Rights

    In operation for more than a decade, the International Criminal Court is often the subject of criticism for its lengthy trials and inefficient procedures.  The Court has completed three trials in that time, all of which have taken more than six years from the point of arrest to conviction or acquittal.  International criminal justice does, of course, throw up numerous complex challenges not found in domestic proceedings.  But 12 years of practice at the Court have confirmed that unnecessary delays occur in a number of areas, which have the potential to interfere with the rights of the accused, and, more broadly, the perception of the trial process among victims and affected communities, and the public at large.  Finally, delays have financial, logistical as well as other legal implications.

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  • July 24, 2014

    IN BRIEF: Rule of Law News from Around the World

    Afghanistan: With two high-profile attacks in the past three days — first on Tuesday, when a huge truck bomb killed at least 72 at a market in this remote eastern district, then on Thursday, when suicide attackers fired volleys of grenades on the Kabul airport — the feared Haqqani militant network has gone back on the offensive, Afghan intelligence and security officials said Thursday.

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  • July 23, 2014

    Southern Africa Litigation Centre BLOG: The Alien Tort Statute Lives - Corporate Complicity in Acts of Torture in Iraq Challenged in a US Court

    Aligning business practices with respect for human rights is a global challenge. On 26 June 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) passed a resolution to establish an open-ended intergovernmental working group tasked with developing a legally binding instrument to regulate the activities of corporations with regard to international human rights law. Although a majority of member states voted in favour of this resolution the United States of America (USA) was one of fourteen that did not.[1] Despite their unwillingness to address the issue of corporate respect for human rights at the UNHCR, a US court has recently handed down a judgment that has effectively put US companies on notice that they can be held accountable in the US for illegal conduct committed extraterritorially against foreign nationals.

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