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Torture is rife in Equatorial Guinea’s prisons, says UN expert

Detainees kept in police custody in Equatorial Guinea are victims of systematic torture, and prisoners suffer inhuman conditions, an independent United Nations human rights expert said in a press statement today, blaming a break down in the country’s judicial system.

United States military commissions unlikely to produce fair trials – UN expert

The United States’ system of military commissions planned for suspects currently detained at Guantánamo Bay is not likely to reach international standards about the right to a fair trial, an independent United Nations human rights expert warned today.

UN expert backs reforms to legal system in Russia

Russia should build on recent initiatives to remove deficiencies within its judicial system, a United Nations human rights expert said today after wrapping up a visit to the country.

Maldivian acquittal of opposition activist welcomed by UN rights expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert today welcomed the recent decision of a court in the Maldives to acquit an opposition party member of accusations of “causing disharmony through an unlawful assembly,” saying the ruling demonstrated that the island chain was making progress towards having an independent judiciary.