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  • The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is working with human rights lawyers from Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, who are using UN human rights mechanisms to better secure justice for victims.

    To build the capacity of human rights lawyers from these countries to engage with human rights mechanisms based in Geneva, the ICJ is organizing a series of workshops with...

  • Integrity Watch Afghanistan launched its biennial National Corruption Survey [on December 8]. The report estimated $3b were paid in bribes in the last one year – an almost 50% increase compared to 2014. The amount of bribes estimated is much higher than the Afghan government revenue estimates for 2016. This survey indicates that following insecurity and unemployment, corruption is the third...

  • Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 87 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. To learn more about the competition, click here. To learn more about volunteering as a judge, click here.

  • The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) released a new report on December 8, called "When No One Calls It Rape: Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys." It begins by observing: "Sexual violence against men and boys in times of conflict or repression is alarmingly common— and takes a markedly consistent form across contexts in terms of how it affects victims and societies as a...

  • The International Commission of Jurists recently released its monthly bulletin on proposed and actual changes in counter-terrorism laws, policies and practices, and their impact on human rights at the national, regional and international levels. Find the e-bulletin here.

  • Projects in the extractive industries are often enormous, long-lasting, multi-billion dollar affairs. Given the disruption, potential for environmental disaster, and permanent changes in the state of the land, these projects tend to generate conflict and controversy, especially in low-income countries, where citizens may enjoy fewer legal protections. As a way to mitigate these risks, some...

  • The national mood in Afghanistan is at a record low, and Afghans are pessimistic because of insecurity, corruption, and rising unemployment and slow job growth. At the same time, more Afghans, particularly rural Afghan men, now support women’s right to vote and women’s right to work outside the home than ever before. The 2016 Survey of the Afghan People polled 12,658 Afghan respondents from 16...

  • The United Nations High Comissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has developed the 10-Point Plan of Action on Refugee Protection and Mixed Migration to assist governments and others with incorporating protection considerations into migration policies. A core strategy document, it outlines 10 areas of work that UNHCR believes need to be undertaken in order to address mixed migration effectively....

  • From 2013-2016, the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) collaborated on a research project that aimed to articulate the links between transitional justice and education in peacebuilding contexts. The objective was to develop a better understanding of how transitional justice can shape the reform of education systems by ensuring programs are...

  • The adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 1998 was momentous for historically neglected victims of gender-based violence (GBV). It was the first international treaty to codify numerous gender-related offences, including those of a sexual nature. The document enlists rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilisation, and...

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