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Is It Possible to Do Justice in Guatemala?

The former attorney general of Guatemala discusses whether it is possible today to change Guatemala’s culture of impunity.

Voices
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.

Briefing Paper
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.

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Protecting Women and Families from the War on Drugs: UN Sessions

This panel will present research demonstrating how the drug war particularly harms women, and will explore leveraging upcoming UN convenings to better promote and protect the human rights of women and families.

Voices
Georgia’s Disastrous Attempt to Bring Prisons Up to “European Standards”

The former Soviet republic’s Westernizing prison reform is a cautionary tale of why such overhauls only work with constant oversight.

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Prison and Persecution in Turkmenistan

This discussion looks at the condition of human rights in Turkmenistan, one of the world’s most repressive and least transparent countries.