This just in to Slaw from William Abresch, Director, Project on Extrajudicial Executions, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, NYU School of Law:
We’ve just launched a web site that I think Slaw’s readers would be interested in: http://www.extrajudicialexecutions.org
The site aims to make information about issues taken up by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions more accessible.
Two features that we are especially excited about are:
- A country-by-country guide to the Special Rapporteur’s fact-finding visits and correspondence with governments. This will be helpful to anyone researching the human rights situation in a particular country.
- A guide to the legal observations the Special Rapporteur has made on the death penalty, shoot-to-kill policies, human rights law in armed conflict, and other issues. This will be helpful to lawyers, scholars, and advocates working in the area of international human rights law.
A bit of background: The Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions is an independent human rights expert appointed by the United Nations with a mandate to respond effectively to cases of extrajudicial killings around the world. Since July 2004 the Special Rapporteur has been Philip Alston, a professor at the New York University School of Law. He established the Project on Extrajudicial Executions at NYU Law’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice to support his work in carrying out the mandate.