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 »»
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 »»
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 »»
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 »»
“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 »»
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 »»