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EU Still Failing to Protect Fundamental Rights

March 12, 2014 | by Israel Butler
The EU has a problem: it has no effective powers to prevent its own member-states from violating its core values of respect for democracy, fundamental rights, and the rule of law.

Don't be Fooled by the Dominican Republic's Judicial Laundering of Racism

March 11, 2014 | by Julia Harrington Reddy
The Dominican Republic is making a mockery of the rule of law, as it stands behind a constitutional ruling that makes hundreds of thousands of its people stateless.

Katanga Judgment Underlines Need for Stronger ICC Focus on Sexual Violence

March 11, 2014 | by Kelly Askin
The conviction of Germain Katanga for war crimes is a welcome step forward. But when it comes to crimes like rape and sexual slavery, international tribunals like this one have done a poor job.

Building Justice in Ukraine: No Time to Waste

March 10, 2014 | by Viorel Ursu
The protests in Ukraine are about something larger than EU relations: they represent a rejection of injustice as a way of life.

Arab Women Confront a Tide of Injustice

March 10, 2014 | by Hanan Rabbani
When a series of uprisings erupted throughout the Arab region three years ago, few of the women protesting for freedom and justice imagined they would still be fighting for their basic rights today.

Sent Home to Torture: Extradition in Central Asia

March 6, 2014 | by Katalin Szarvas
One man’s harrowing story offers a rare glimpse of a growing practice—where asylum seekers are sent back to countries where they face a serious risk of ill-treatment.
Grantee Spotlight

When Schools Become Targets of War

March 6, 2014 | by Trine Petersen
Around the world, schools, student, and teachers are targeted as a tactic of war. States need to take action to stop this appalling practice.

International Justice Monitor: A New Resource for Tracking Mass Atrocity Trials

March 5, 2014 | by James Goldston
A new website builds on seven years of monitoring trials of mass atrocities, in courts from The Hague to Guatemala and Cambodia.

Why Does Vancouver Need a Crack Pipe Vending Machine?

March 3, 2014 | by Sarah Evans
The Canadian organization that operates North America’s only legal supervised injection site is turning heads after recently installing the first ever crack pipe vending machines. Here's why.

Ukraine: Voices from the Epicenter

March 3, 2014 | by Leonard Benardo
Events are unfolding in Ukraine with such speed that it’s impossible to predict what will happen. What is certain, however, is that so much is at stake for its citizens.