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Palestine’s ICC Option and the Politics of Peace

October 8, 2013 | Matthew Solomon

With renewed talks underway between Israel and the Palestinians, the status of a Palestinian approach to the International Criminal Court remains murky.

Rock and Roll Dreams in Afghanistan

June 20, 2013 | Javed Rezayee, Jonathan E. Kaplan

Kabul Dreams, the first rock band in Afghanistan to garner international attention, is dealing with some high expectations.

A School Grows in Punjab

June 18, 2013 | Yumna Z. Rizvi

A previously dilapidated school in Punjab now has working bathrooms, a playground, and a boost in education quality. Can it be a model for other schools in rural Pakistan?

Case Watch: UN Committee Urges United Kingdom to Confront Iraq Abuses

June 4, 2013 | Jonathan Horowitz

On the heels of a decision by a national court, the Committee against Torture urged the UK to set up a single independent public inquiry to investigate allegations of torture of detainees in Iraq.

A Clinic Offers Afghan Women Legal Aid—and Hope

May 30, 2013 | Jonathan E. Kaplan
A visit to a pro-bono legal clinic in Kabul, Afghanistan, reveals a legal system that often turns those trying to protect themselves into criminals.  

Case Watch: British Judges Raise Standards for Investigating Wartime Abuses

May 29, 2013 | Jonathan Horowitz, Steve Kostas

The High Court in London has ordered the UK government to overhaul the way it investigates hundreds of allegations of unlawful killings and detainee abuse by British soldiers in Iraq.

Case Watch: A Court in Pakistan Addresses U.S. Drone Attacks

May 28, 2013 | Jonathan Horowitz, Christopher Rogers

The Peshawar High Court has ruled that U.S. drone attacks on Pakistani territory are illegal, but without delivering solid supporting legal arguments.

Justice as Torture: Inside Badam Bagh Women’s Prison in Kabul

May 28, 2013 | Chris Stone

Whether greater justice in Kabul could be won by protecting against false accusations or limiting pretrial detention to all but the most serious cases, the first step is to really hear the stories of those incarcerated.

Justice Eludes Journalists in Pakistan

February 14, 2013 | Asad Khalid Baig

In one of the world’s most deadly countries for journalists, it’s not a lack of legal procedures but a lack of political will that is hindering the investigation and prosecution of threats to reporters.

“I Am Kuwaiti”

January 8, 2013 | Sebastian Kohn

Fifty years ago, when Kuwait became a country, the bidoon were cut out of the deal. They have been stateless ever since. Photographer Greg Constantine has been documenting their stories.