"Very few are willing to step down and many of those who did are trying to come back." The political ambitions of Latin America's political leaders are reshaping the region's democracy and constitutional practice, says Daniel Zovatto.
Many civilians were killed in the war between the newly independent states of Armenia and Azerbaijan in the early 1990s. But the disputed period raises larger questions of common suffering, says Gerard Libaridian, adviser to Armenia's president at the time, who reflects on one incident that casts a long shadow.
The belated trial of a suspected genocidaire in Paris highlights the complex political relationship between Rwanda and France. It also reflects problems in the hard road to international justice, says Andrew Wallis.
The hopes that inspired the "Arab spring", of jobs as well as freedom, have hit a rock. But the setbacks since 2011 are part of a wider reordering of the global as well as the Arab landscape. Three years on, Francesc Badia i Dalmases assesses a fluid period.
Demonstrations have spread rapidly across
Bosnia, with citizens organizing popular assemblies to voice their frustration
with the country’s institutional paralysis.
Through the adamantly non-ethnic nature of the demonstrations, the
protesters are taking aim at the entire political elite. Valerie Hopkins reports from Sarajevo.
The military-backed government has sought
to enrol journalists as foot-soldiers in its battle against the ousted Muslim
Brotherhood. But when editors met this week in Cairo, a collective spirit stirred.
As the Erdogan government in Turkey takes an increasingly authoritarian
turn, trade unionists have been in the firing line. But a mass trial in
Istanbul, little noticed by the international media, has not gone entirely the
A lesson of the last decade's work on the Millennium Development Goals is the need to rethink current approaches to development, says David Mepham, the UK director of Human Rights Watch. The key requirement is to see development not just as material improvement, vital though that is, but as a process with human rights at the very heart.
openSecurity was inspired by a 2005 conference in
Madrid on the anniversary of the Atocha station bombings, marked by consensus
that 'counter-terrorism' measures had to be consistent with human rights and
the rule of law. The UK was hardly represented at the event—and its performance
since resembles a state whose human-rights record is ill-starred: Turkey.