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Case Watch: Due Process Doesn’t Stop with the Trial Judgment
Ben Batros
March 26, 2012
In a case related to forgery and EU subsidies, the European Court reaffirmed the importance of the right of accused persons to present and challenge evidence and underscored that these rights must be respected at all stages of proceedings.
Red Cross Weighs in on Drug Criminalization
Joanne Csete
March 23, 2012
The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has called on states to turn away from the criminalization of drug use in their national policies. This welcome statement adds further momentum to the global drug policy reform debate.
Vote 2012: Do Super PACs Hurt Democracy?
Muzna Ansari
March 23, 2012
An new breed of Super PACs have been born, like the Campaign for Primary Accountability Super PAC, which aims to solve the problem of incumbency instead of supporting individual candidates –but are supporters correct when they argue that such Super PACs help, rather than hurt, democracy?
What We Can Learn from Kanye’s Twitter Rant
Warren Berger
March 23, 2012
The gist of what Kanye was saying is something that's close to my own heart: It has to do with the potential of design to improve the world we live in.
The Question Is Not Moot: The Constitution and the Affordable Care Act
Thomas Hilbink
March 22, 2012
Is it constitutional to require all Americans to either procure health insurance or pay a penalty?
Vote 2012: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly of Voter Restrictions
Lawrence Norden
March 22, 2012
Let's take the politics out of election administration, so that it is once again about making voting work rather than keeping people from the polls.
Forensic Genetics: A Global Human Rights Challenge
Jeremy Gruber
March 22, 2012
The use of DNA profiling by law enforcement agencies has exploded around the world. But while technologies to interrogate DNA have become more sophisticated, privacy and human rights are increasingly put at risk.
Case Watch: Inter-American Court to Consider Refugee Status Determinations
Ben Batros
March 21, 2012
For the first time, the Inter-American Court will take on a case that raises the issue of a state's obligation to give proper consideration to requests for asylum and not to return a person to a country where they would be at risk of ill-treatment.
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Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times
NYU Journalism, 20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor, NY, NY
March 27, 2012
Author Eyal Press and Open Society Foundations president Aryeh Neier discuss Press's critically acclaimed book, Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times, which examines the choices and dilemmas faced by whistleblowers.
Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan
OSI-New York
March 27, 2012
David Rohde and Ahmed Rashid will discuss Rashid's book Pakistan on the Brink, which takes a comprehensive look at how President Obama’s administration has handled the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan.
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Torture, Transfers, and Denial of Due Process: The Treatment of Conflict-Related Detainees in Afghanistan
March 2012
This report, published jointly by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and the Open Society Foundations, documents evidence of torture of conflict-related detainees by Afghan police and intelligence agencies. It calls on the Afghan government to investigate and to hold those responsible accountable.
Mapping Digital Media: Digital Television, the Public Interest, and European Regulation
March 2012
Outlining the pros and cons of digital switch-over for the public, this paper contends that universality and accessibility can best be ensured by maintaining public service media.
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