Rule of Law News
August 8, 2016
More people are forcibly displaced from their homes today than at any time since the end of the Second World War. But the plight of these people is so politically contentious that after days of intense negotiations over an international agreement, the nations of the world on Tuesday adopted a draft that contained virtually no concrete commitments to make their journeys better or safer. Nor...
August 5, 2016
This report documents the immediate harm – death, injury, abduction, displacement – to the civilian population of Afghanistan from conflict related violence in the first six months of 2016. These forms of harm infringe on the Afghan peoples' human rights. Find the full report here.
August 3, 2016
Community paralegals are grassroots advocates who use their knowledge of the law to seek concrete solutions to instances of injustice. Based on the needs of a given case, they may employ such tools as mediation, community organizing, education, and advocacy before formal or customary authorities. Paralegals are often linked to lawyers who provide guidance and can resort to litigation if...
August 2, 2016
The rise of extremist armed groups such as the Islamic State and Boko Haram has brought renewed attention to the plight of children—both as victims of abuses, and as fighters and militants. All too often, the concern and assistance governments offer abuse victims does not extend to those children caught up on the wrong side of the law or front line. Human Rights Watch field research around the...
August 1, 2016
Honour killing is a significant social problem in Pakistani society and is on the rise. A recent report from the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan found that 1,096 women were the victims of honour crimes in 2015, up from 1,005 in 2014 and 869 in 2013. Victims include both men and women but female victims far outnumbered male victims. Read more from INPROL member Niaz Shah's article here.
July 29, 2016
In November of 2015, the International Commission of Jurists published a Spanish-language Practitioner's Guide on 'Enforced Disappearance and Extrajudicial Execution: the Right of Family Members.' The guide, which covers an issue that is relevant in a number of postconflict environments, is now available in English. It can be found here.
July 27, 2016
To fight corruption more effectively, many countries have created specialized government institutions that focus primarily on corruption issues. Most common are specialized anticorruption agencies (ACAs) with investigative and/or prosecutorial functions, although some countries have also created specialized anticorruption courts, special coordinating bodies, or other entities. This trend has...
July 26, 2016
The anti-corruption and human rights landscape is shifting based on global individual and collective empowerment brought on by ‘hyper-transparency,’ and a greater coalescence of opinion around good corporate practice, albeit with residual tensions about the balance between risk and impact. The new landscape is in reaction to demographic shifts (notably the rise of the middle class), emerging...
July 25, 2016
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted unanimously by the 193 United Nations Member States in September 2015 to guide global and national development policies to 2030. SDG16 commits all countries to: “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels...
July 22, 2016
The Toolkit is structured around challenges related to the issues of working with host governments, public security forces and private security providers. Good practices and recommendations are provided on how to address these challenges building on what the Voluntary Principles, the Implementation Guidance Tools, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and security sector...