From institutions to community living – Part I: commitments and structures

Discussions are under way at the European Union (EU) and national levels about how best to realise the transition from institutional to community-based support. This report contributes to these by bringing together some of the key issues that have emerged from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights’ (FRA) human rights indicators on Member States’ political and practical commitment to deinstitutionalisation.


From institutions to community living – Part II: funding and budgeting

The transition from institution- to community-based support for persons with disabilities is a complex process that requires multifaceted efforts. These include putting in place commitments and structures for achieving deinstitutionalisation and measuring outcomes for persons with disabilities. This report shows that effectively funding the deinstitutionalisation process is a vital element.


Global Disaster Displacement Risk – A baseline for future work

Displacement associated with disasters is a global issue. There were 24.2 million new displacements brought on by sudden-onset natural hazards in 2016.


Despite that, displacement is one of the least reported impacts of sudden-onset disasters and its consequences on people’s lives, local communities, countries and the international community are often not accounted for. The current scale of the issue, its trends, patterns and future risks are poorly understood, which hinders the effective reduction of both displacement and disaster risk.

The next frontier for disaster risk reduction: tackling disasters in fragile and conflict-affected contexts

This report looks at the political and institutional barriers – both real and perceived – to adapting disaster risk reduction (DRR) policy, practice and overseas development assistance to fragile or conflict-affected contexts.


In Custody. Police Torture and Abductions in Turkey

This report details credible evidence of 11 cases of serious abuse in detention, involving scores of individuals, all but one within the past seven months. The findings are based on interviews with lawyers and relatives, and a review of court transcripts, including allegations that police severely beat and threatened detainees, stripped them naked, and in some cases threatened them with sexual assault or sexually assaulted them. Human Rights Watch documented five cases of abductions in Ankara and Izmir between March and June 2017 that could amount to enforced disappearances – cases in which the authorities take a person into custody but deny it or refuse to provide information about the person’s whereabouts.


The Social Roots of Jihadist Violence in Burkina Faso’s North

Jihadist violence in the West African Sahel has now spread to the north of Burkina Faso. The response of Ouagadougou and its partners must go beyond the obvious religious and security dimensions of the crisis, and any solution must take into account deep-rooted social and local factors.


CPT publishes highly critical report on prisons in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

The report recalls that since 2006 the CPT has repeatedly highlighted certain fundamental structural issues, such as a lack of policy on how to manage complex institutions, an inadequate system of reporting and supervision, and the poor management and performance of staff. The findings from the December 2016 visit demonstrate that little progress has been made to address these issues across the prison system. Moreover, at Idrizovo Prison, the provision of health-care remains totally inadequate and places prisoners lives at risk; the absence of any appropriate regime means prisoners have nothing constructive to do; and the conditions of detention in several parts of the prison could be considered as inhuman. (respuesta)


Global Hunger Index 2017 – The Inequalities of Hunger

(Report from Concern Worldwide, Welthungerhilfe, International Food Policy Research Institute). The 2017 Global Hunger Index (GHI) shows long-term progress in reducing hunger in the world. The advances have been uneven, however, with millions of people still experiencing chronic hunger and many places suffering acute food crises and even famine.


Dictamen del Comité Europeo de las Regiones — Migración en la ruta del Mediterráneo Central (2017/C 342/04)

Dictamen del Comité Europeo de las Regiones, aprobado en el 124ª Pleno celebrado los días 12 y 13 de julio de 2017, sobre Migración en la ruta del Mediterráneo Central.


Singapore: Cooperate or die: Singapore’s flawed reforms to the mandatory death penalty

Index number: ACT 50/7158/2017. Singapore has recorded a significant reduction in its use of the death penalty in recent years, with executions dropping from more than 70 per year in the mid-1990s to single figures in the subsequent decade. Despite this progress, the death penalty in the country continues to be used in violation of international law and standards, particularly with respect to its mandatory application and use for drug-related offences.