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After several tumultuous weeks, the ICC’s future in Africa is quite uncertain. What is next for the ICC in Africa?

During their scheduled meeting on November 22, President Barack Obama should press Morocco’s King Mohammed VI to live up to his promises of reform by guaranteeing all  Moroccans and inhabitants of the Western Sahara the rights of freedom of expression, assembly and the press.
 

Ukraine leaders refuse to sign a much-anticipated Association Agreement and trade pact with the EU.

The Ukrainian government’s rejection of closer integration with the European Union (EU) is a significant step back from democracy and human rights in Ukraine and a betrayal of the public’s hopes.

Freedom House condemns the unlawful arrests and detentions carried out by police against University of Swaziland students as well as farmers in Swaziland’s Vuvulane area. The government of Swaziland should immediately end these violations of Swazi citizens’ basic freedoms.

A coaltion of civil society groups, trade organizations and companies call on Congress in the following letter to reform intelligence surveillance practices.

Large-scale corruption and economic crimes often go hand in hand with mass human rights abuses in authoritarian countries. The two are mutually reinforcing: Dictators gain and maintain power—and perpetuate impunity—through a combination of violent repression and the distribution of patronage and graft opportunities. The plunder of public wealth serves as both an incentive for retaining power by force, and a means of rewarding those who carry out or cover up regime crimes. Despite this connection, the mechanisms of transitional justice have not adequately dealt with the legacy of authoritarian corruption nor remedied its far-reaching socioeconomic effects.

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