Vietnamese Buddhist Monks and Nuns Driven into Hiding

  Several hundred members of the Buddhist Bat Nha monastery, followers of internationally-renowned monk Thich Naht Hahn, have been driven into hiding, illustrating Vietnam’s continued failure to respect religious freedom. The monks and nuns left the Phuoc Hue pagoda in…

Improving Political Rights in Mexico

On November 5, 2009, academics and members of civil society from Mexico came before the Inter-American Court for Human Rights to protest an alleged degradation of political rights in their country. Representatives from the Iberian-American Observatory for Democracy, the Center…

Criminal Procedures in Japan: The Need for Reform

By Ri Yoo, November 3, 2009 Japanese courts, prosecutors, and human rights organizations are closely monitoring the retrial of Toshikazu Sugaya, sentenced to life in prison and recently released when DNA testing did not connect him with the crime. Sugaya…