ABA ROLI Update January 2014

ABA ROLI Update
January 2014  

Discussions Highlight Anti-Corruption Initiatives in Russia
Photo by: İHH İnsani Yardım Vakfı/Turkey, CC BY-NC-ND-2.0

New Report Documents Human Rights Abuses in Syria

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) has released a new report, Reasons for Displacement: Documenting Abuses Against Syrians, which tells a compelling story and contains first-hand accounts of human rights abuses from a cross-section of Syrian society. Read more »»


 Balkans: New regional program launched
 DRC: Activist defends the rights of mining-affected communities
 Jordan: Conference on constitutional rights
 Pacific Islands: Advocate helps to create safer environments for women
 Russia: ABA ROLI trainee fights corruption through media compliance
 Serbia: Discussion on plea bargaining
 

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Armed with New Skills, a Congolese Activist Defends the Rights of Mining-Affected Communities

Armed with New Skills, a Congolese Activist Defends the Rights of Mining-Affected Communities

Makelele Nabale is a Congolese teacher who lives in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an area rich in mineral resources. Makelele says that when he was growing up, the residents of his village and surrounding villages relied on agriculture and artisanal mining to sustain their families. At that time, he says, communities were able to live off of, and in harmony with, the land they occupied for generations, feeding their families and possessing property, including animals and small houses. Read more »»


Roundtable Explores Plea Bargaining under Serbia’s New Criminal Procedure Code

On November 19, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI)—in coordination with Partners for Democratic Change Serbia—held a roundtable on plea bargaining under Serbia’s Criminal Procedure Code (CPC), which went into effect on October 1. Held in Belgrade, the roundtable was attended by about 75 people, including advocates, prosecutors, judges and government officials. Read more »»


Ingenuity Helps ABA ROLI Trainee Fight Corruption Through Media Compliance

Ingenuity helps ABA ROLI Trainee Fight Corruption through Media Compliance

In April 2013, Boris Panteleev, a Russian human rights activist and former judge participated in an ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) roundtable on modern trends in counter-acting corruption, which was attended by more than 50 practitioners, including federal and regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry officials. The training—which addressed the advancement and oversight of Russian businesses’ compliance with legal and ethical obligations—inspired Boris, who already had more than seven years of experience hearing cases on ethical violations of journalists, to try a new approach to promoting media freedom and compliance. Read more »»

The University of Jordan Faculty of Law Hosts a Conference on Constitutional Rights

From December 4–5, 2013, the University of Jordan Faculty of Law—an ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) partner—hosted a conference on democracy, media and other constitutional rights. ABA ROLI invited eight experts from Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan to discuss these critical issues in the wake of the Arab Spring movements across the Middle East and North Africa region. Read more »»


A Micronesian Advocate Helps to Create Safer Environments for Women

“Domestic violence is about violence; whether the violence is within the home or outside the home, any violence is wrong—the Bible preaches against violence,” pleaded Yoslyn Sigrah, talking to her fellow churchgoers after a service. Yoslyn is a Micronesian advocate who previously served as a staff attorney with the Federated States of Micronesia’s Supreme Court and now heads the Kosrae Women’s Association, a decade-old non-governmental organization. The association has more than 500 members and is dedicated to women’s and children’s rights, including to gender equality and combating domestic violence in Micronesia. Read more »»


ABA ROLI Launches a Regional Program in the Balkans

Continuing its legal technical assistance work that spans more than 20 years in the region, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) launched a regional rule-of-law program in the Balkans in September 2013.

ABA ROLI conducted an initial baseline assessment of bar associations, defense advocacy and justice sector civil society organizations in Fall 2013. As part of the assessment, ABA ROLI representatives traveled to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia to assess bar association and civil society activities and to explore how a regional network might strengthen ongoing criminal justice reform efforts in the region. Read more »»

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