Human Rights

UK detention report calls for "radical shift"

LONDON, 3 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Following a parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK, a cross-party panel of MPs has released a hard-hitting report calling for major reforms of a system it describes as “expensive, ineffective and unjust”. full report

ICC Uganda visit prompts fresh calls for state "crimes" probe

LIRA, 2 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s visit to Uganda has prompted fresh calls for the tribunal to investigate atrocities allegedly committed by government forces fighting the Lord’s Resistance Army insurgency in the north of the country. full report

Will Washington surrender in the War on Drugs?

NAIROBI, 26 February 2015 (IRIN Global) - The news this week that Jamaica is decriminalizing marijuana for personal use is the latest step in a global trend towards rethinking drug policy. For decades the international consensus has focused on criminalization and interdiction, but the approach has not only failed to stem drug production and use, it has also had a devastating impact on communities and individual lives. full report

NIGERIA: Boko Haram death toll over 2,000 for January

LONDON, 2 February 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Even with the contested figures of the attacks around Baga in early January, Nigeria faces a grim civilian death toll, mainly due to Boko Haram attacks. Nigeria would still be number one without the Baga killings in early January, around which figures vary wildly. full report

We saw what you did - satellites and human rights

NAIROBI, 23 January 2015 (IRIN Global) - The shocking satellite imagery of the destruction in the northeastern Nigerian town of Baga and nearby villages earlier this month provided graphic evidence of the extent of the crimes by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram when they stormed in. full report

In the UN’s gun sights: one of DRC’s most infamous rebel groups

NAIROBI, 23 January 2015 (IRIN Africa) - UN troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo are set to launch an offensive against one of the oldest insurgencies in the east of the country. But who exactly are the targets of the operation? full report

ICC and Palestine - a long way to go

JERUSALEM, 19 January 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - The ICC has opened a preliminary examination into possible war crimes during last summer's conflict between Israel and Gaza. But prosecutions are unlikely or at least a long way off. full report

Heading to The Hague - Uganda reacts to surrender of top LRA man

KAMPALA, 14 January 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Some want him tried in The Hague; others in Kampala. Others still say he should receive an amnesty for his alleged crimes against humanity. Top rebel commander Dominic Ongwen was abducted into a Ugandan insurgency at the age of 10. His surrender earlier this month is eliciting very mixed feelings from his compatriots. full report

IRIN's Top Reads this week

DUBAI, 18 December 2014 (IRIN Global) - Do you want to stay on top of the current debate around humanitarian and development issues without having to trawl the web? Welcome to our reading list pulling together our correspondents' top picks of must-read research, reports and in-depth articles. full report

Timor-Leste's judicial lurch could worsen domestic violence trauma

DILI, 15 December 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Timor-Leste's efforts to reduce the prevalence of domestic gender-based violence through criminalization and prosecution, already hampered by a general lack of trust in the formal court system, have suffered a fresh setback with the enforced departure of 11 foreign judicial staff who had played a key role in delivering justice in rural areas. full report

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