Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Report to the General Assembly by Special Rapporteur Gabriela Knaul

Last summer, Gabriela Knaul, the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, submitted an important report focusing on the administration of justice through military tribunals. The report, which deserves more attention than it has received, makes a variety of recommendations "with the aim of assisting States in ensuring that, where military justice systems exist, military tribunals administer justice in a manner that is fully compliant with international human rights law and standards." The recommendations appear in paragraphs 92-110, and cover such pivotal issues as independence and impartiality, subject matter jurisdiction, jurisdiction over civilians, treatment of serious human rights violations, and fair trial and due process guarantees. How does your country's system stack up?

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