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Hotter planet, humanitarian crisis: El Niño, the “new normal” and the need for climate justice
ActionAid International 2016
In April 2016, almost a year after the first strong warnings were issued, as water sources dried up and crops withered across much of the world, and as UN humanitarian experts predicted that up to 100 million people would need interna...
Climate security and justice for Small Island Developing States: an agenda for action
The Hague Institute for Global Justice 2014
Small island developing states (SIDS) are a unique group of countries that bear a disproportionate share of the impacts of climate change despite their minimal contribution to its causes. Their vulnerability and lack of resources to a...
Witness protection: facilitating justice for complex crimes
J.N. Kariri; U. Salifu / Institute for Security Studies 2016
Responding appropriately to complex transnational and international crimes requires a multifaceted approach that includes a robust criminal justice response. Witness testimony is a crucial part of this. Witnesses, and often their fami...
Tools of torture? Use of electric shock equipment among African police
M. Shadung / Institute for Security Studies 2016
Torture is not an act that happens in isolation. It occurs in many contexts, and there are several techniques and means by which pain and suffering are infl icted on suspects, convicted inmates and others deprived of their lib...
Compliance through pain: electric shock equipment in South African prisons
Institute for Security Studies 2016
Various kinds of electric shock devices are authorised for use in South African prisons. These are designed to enforce compliance through pain, incapacitation or fear of activation. However, their use has been associated with acts of ...
Recognition of indigenous justice in Latin America
Evidence and Lessons from Latin America 2013
Throughout most of the 19th and 20th centuries, the reality of indigenous communities has largely been one of political subjugation and economic exploitation. The aim of Latin American nation-states was largely to make indigenous comm...
Judicial activism as a tool for the actualisation of socio-economic rights in Nigeria: comparison with Indian and South African experience
M. B. Tanko 2015
Due to the provisions in the 1999 constitution which gives room for judge’s activism, it is sometimes said that judicial activism is the most viable route for the actualisation of socio-economic rights for Nigerian citizens. Thi...
Improving access to justice through information and communication technologies
S. Herbert / Governance and Social Development Resource Centre 2015
How have information and communication technologies (ICTs) been used to improve access to justice in developing countries? That is the question posed in this brief report, which looks at examples from all over the world, and via diffe...
Global report on trafficking in persons 2014
K. Kangaspunta; F. Sarrica; R. Johansen / United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime 2014
Human trafficking, the forced movement and exploitation of persons, is the basest of crimes and yet remains prevalent in every region of the globe, while offenders too often escape prosecution. That is the perspective of this rep...
Victims’ rights in multicultural contexts: The case of Inés Fernández at the Inter-American court of human rights
Evidence and Lessons from Latin America 2013
What advances can we identify in international human rights regimes that incorporate alternative cultural understandings of reparations in their verdicts? This Brief responds to this question through a detailed study of the case of In...
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