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  • November 4, 2014

    IN BRIEF: Rule of Law News from Around the World

    Afghanistan: Gender violence said to be rising in secure Bamyan province and falling in war-torn Helmand.

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  • November 3, 2014

    Political Violence @ a Glance BLOG: Predicting Government Violence to Improve Theory and Practice

    Why do some governments generally respect the fundamental human rights of their citizens while others frequently abuse them? Why do some governments arbitrarily imprison, torture, and murder their citizens while others do not? In an article recently published in the American Political Science Review, scholars decided to see to what degree assessing international political factors, economic status, and relationship to rights monitors can improve our ability to predict how abusive different governments are through statistical analysis.

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  • November 3, 2014

    The Link Between Unemployment and Terrorism

    For the young and unemployed in the world's big cities, dreams of opportunity and wealth do come true — but too often because they're heavily recruited by terrorist groups and other violent organizations. Human rights advocate Mohamed Ali draws on stories from his native Mogadishu to make a powerful case for innovation incubators for our cities' young and ambitious.

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  • November 3, 2014

    Governance and Justice: "The Ecology of Justice"

    Eric Cadora, Director of the Justice Mapping Centre in New York, explains the concept of "Ecology of Justice" and how open data can help improve democratic governance. From Citris, University of California, Berkeley, September 12, 2013.

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  • October 31, 2014

    Insight on Conflict BLOG: Terrorism in the Sahel: Fighting the Enemy Within, from Within

    We must accept that the fight against terrorism is not a fight that any one state can lead on its own. As elsewhere in the world, the collective efforts of all neighbouring countries and others are indispensable. We must also recognise that jihadists and actors like Boko Haram who hide behind Islam will not be defeated in a society with strong Islamic connections without the help and blessing of traditional leaders and local populations.

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  • October 31, 2014

    Open Society Voices BLOG: Five Legal Strategies that Preserve the Rights of Women Living with HIV

    Without legal strategies to protect women’s inheritance or property, women can be kicked out of their home upon the death of their spouse, and the resulting financial hardship and lack of resources can make women less able to seek or continue treatment, or to protect themselves in relationships. The Uganda Network on Law, Ethics, and HIV/AIDS (UGANET) provides legal aid as a way to promote human rights and an ethical response to HIV and AIDS. Their strategies include law reform, strategic litigation, engagement with legal structures, education, and international advocacy.

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  • October 30, 2014

    A Drone is not a Cop – UN Rights Expert Concerned about Technologies that Depersonalize the Use of Force

    The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, raised concern about the increasing use of technologies that depersonalize the use of force –including armed drones– not only on the battlefield, but also in domestic law enforcement.  According to the independent expert’s report, the protection of rights such as the right to life and personal security, and of human dignity weighs against the police outsourcing their work to machines, if this means the police no longer have meaningful control.

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  • October 30, 2014

    Penal Reform International BLOG: No Escape from Violence: Childhood Abuse, Offending and Women in Prison

    In 2012, a small but innovative, participatory study with women prisoners in South Africa found that 38% of participants reported physical abuse as a child, with 29% reporting sexual abuse, and 67% experiencing physical or sexual abuse as an adult. The study also found a strong link between childhood sexual abuse and rape and violent offending by women.

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  • October 29, 2014

    Transparency International BLOG: How Do We Stop Countries from Exporting Corruption?

    Fifteen years have passed since the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Anti-Bribery Convention was introduced to the world. Under this treaty, leading economies made commitments that they will criminalise, investigate and prosecute those individuals and companies that bribe public officials of other countries. When looking at the performance of the countries that are parties to the convention, it is obvious much needs to be done to reach the goal of a corruption-free global economy.

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  • October 29, 2014

    World Bank BLOG: Is the Idea of ‘Areas of Limited Statehood’ Useful or Superfluous?

    The idea of ‘areas of limited statehood’ is that while most states in the world today have not failed and are not about to fail, they nevertheless have within them areas where they either cannot implement central policies or exercise security control or both. They have ungoverned or hard- to- govern spaces, sometimes vast ones. Most states, therefore, do not really have full command of the territories that they are supposed to govern under international law.

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