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.

UN expert postpones Chechnya mission over issue of unannounced visit to detainees

A United Nations expert on torture has postponed a fact-finding mission to Russia, including the troubled region of Chechnya, because of differences over making unannounced visits to detention centres and holding private interviews with detainees.

Fijian human rights expert named UN monitor of commercial security consultants

The United Nations today announced the appointment of Shaista Shameem, a legal expert from Fiji, as its new Special Rapporteur on the use of mercenaries as a means of impeding the exercise of the right of people to self-determination.