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Netherlands: Two New Laws and Decree on Right of Access to a Lawyer

(July 7, 2017) On March 1, 2017, two new laws and a decree, all related to the right of access to a lawyer before and during police questioning of a suspect, entered into force in the Netherlands. (Legislation Access Lawyer During Police Questioning in Force, Ministry of Security and Justice website (Feb. 27, 2017).) A […]

Israel: Increase in Prisoners’ Living Space Mandated

(June 30, 2017) On June 13, 2017, Israel’s Supreme Court, sitting as a High Court of Justice, accepted petitions submitted by several associations and ordered the state to increase the personal living space allotted to every prisoner in the country within the next nine months to a minimum of three square meters (SM; approx. 32.3 […]

Australia: Police Response to Aboriginal Death in Custody and Ensuing Riot Ruled Discriminatory

(Dec. 9, 2016) On December 5, 2016, the Federal Court of Australia found in favor of an Aboriginal community from Palm Island, Queensland, in a class action case involving claims that officers of the Queensland Police Service (QPS) engaged in racial discrimination in responding to a riot that took place in 2004 following the death […]

Brazil: Decree Enacted to Regulate Use of Handcuffs

(Oct. 6, 2016) On September 26, 2016, Decree No. 8,858 was enacted to regulate the use of handcuffs in the Brazil. (Decreto No. 8.858 de 26 de Setembro de 2016, PLANALTO.)  The decree follows the guidelines established in articles 1(III) and 5(III) of the Brazilian Constitution, which provide for the protection and promotion of human […]

Sweden: Appellate Court Reaffirms Detention in Absentia of Julian Assange

(Oct. 3, 2016) On September 16, 2016, the Swedish appellate court, the Svea Court of Appeal, reaffirmed the detention in absentia of Julian Assange, following a request from Assange to have his detention set aside. (Press Release, Svea Court of Appeal, Decision in the Case Concerning the Detention of Julian Assange (Sept. 16, 2016).) Assange […]

Italy: Right to Interpretation and Translation in Criminal Proceedings

(July 29, 2016) On July 29, 2016, new legislation on the right to interpretation and translation services in criminal proceedings entered into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decree No. 129 of June 23, 2016, Implementing EU Directive 2010/64/UE on the Right to Interpretation and Translation in Criminal Procedures, GAZETTA UFFICIALE, No. 163 (July 14, 2016), NORMATTIVA […]

Burundi/UN: Rights Commissioner Raises Issue of Extrajudicial Killings

(Oct. 5, 2015) On September 28, 2015, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, commented on “an alarming upsurge in arrests, detention and killings” in Burundi since the beginning of September of this year. Almost every day, dead bodies are found lying on the streets of some of Bujumbura’s [the […]

Maldives: Rights Commissioner Criticizes Detention of Former President

(Sept. 11, 2015) In a statement released on August 25, 2015, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern about the re-imprisonment by the Government of the Maldives on August 23 of the former President of the country, Mohammad Nasheed. The Office also noted that the authorities had reportedly used […]

Israel: Supreme Court Suspends Detention of Islamic Jihad Activist

(Aug. 25, 2015) On August 19, 2015, Israel’s Supreme Court suspended the continued detention of a person determined to be “an activist of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization.” The Military Commander of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) had imposed a detention order on the person after he had completed a prison term from 2006 […]

Egypt: Ministerial Resolution Grants County Chiefs Authority to Arrest and Detain

(Aug. 18, 2015) On August 12, 2015, the Minister of Justice issued a statement announcing that he has granted the county chiefs across Egypt the legal right to arrest and detain individuals suspected of damaging public or private property or violating construction codes. (Press Release, Ministry of Justice, The Minister Grants Right of Judicial Arrest […]