Join the International Justice Resource Center and the New Tactics community for an online conversation on Engaging Regional Human Rights Mechanisms from April 21 to 25, 2014. IJRC’s executive director, Lisa Reinsberg, will join experts and practitioners from around the world in discussing the practical details of seeking justice, accountability, and reform through the regional human rights systems. Read more
During its 68th Session, the United Nations General Assembly last week approved a resolution intended to strengthen the UN human rights treaty body system. The measures and changes called for by the General Assembly seek to improve treaty bodies’ ability to effectively and efficiently monitor States’ implementation of human rights conventions. [OHCHR] This resolution is the next step in the treaty body strengthening process initiated by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2009. [OHCHR] Read more
UN Human Rights Committee Invites Feedback on Draft General Comment No. 35 on the Rights to Liberty and Security of Person
During its 110th session last month, the United Nations Human Rights Committee concluded its first reading of Draft General Comment No. 35 on Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which protects the right to liberty and security of person, including the freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention. The Committee invites interested stakeholders to submit comments on the draft before June 1, 2014. [OHCHR] Read more
The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights recently delivered four judgments, including a noteworthy decision in the case of the Beneficiaries of the Late Norbert Zongo and others v. Burkina Faso. [AfCHPR] The Court rendered its decisions during its 32nd Ordinary Session, held in from March 10 to 28 at the Court’s seat in Arusha, Tanzania. Read more
IACtHR Hears Cases involving Forced Disappearance, Indigenous Land Rights, Torture, and Violence Against Women in its 50th Special Session
From March 31 to April 4, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights celebrated its 50th Special Session at its headquarters in San José, Costa Rica. The Court held public hearings on three pending cases concerning forced disappearance, indigenous land rights, and torture in arbitrary detention. The Court also conducted private deliberations to prepare its judgment in a case concerning the alleged failure to properly investigate a woman’s disappearance and death. [IACtHR Press Release (Spanish)] Video recordings from the public hearings are archived in the Court’s Multimedia Gallery. Read more
UN Human Rights Council Focuses Attention on Promoting and Protecting Human Rights Defenders, Civil Society Space, and Peaceful Protest during 25th Regular Session
During its 25th regular session last month, the UN Human Rights Council undertook several measures to address the challenges and risks faced by human rights defenders and other civil society actors. On March 11, it held a panel discussion to analyze the factors that reduce civil society space and to evaluate strategies to promote an interactive partnership between States and civil society organizations (CSOs). Later in the session, the Council also adopted a resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests, and renewed the mandates of the Special Rapporteurs on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders and on Freedom of Expression. Read more
Training Registration Now Open: Protecting Women’s Human Rights through International Law and Advocacy
The International Justice Resource Center (IJRC) is pleased to announce an upcoming training seminar on women’s human rights.
WHEN: Thursday, June 19, 2014
WHERE: UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
WHO: Experts in international human rights law and women’s rights will share insights and examples with advocates and attorneys whose work involves violence against women, discrimination against women and girls, and reproductive health. Confirmed speakers include: Katrina Anderson (Center for Reproductive Rights), Connie de la Vega (University of San Franscisco School of Law), Krishanti Dharmaraj (IANGEL), and Caroline Bettinger-Lopez (University of Miami School of Law).
WHY: This training is designed to enable lawyers and other advocates to incorporate human rights advocacy strategies into their work, whether on behalf of individual clients or to bring about changes in policy and practice.
Registration is now open for this full-day conference focused on the international norms and advocacy channels available to help lawyers and advocates address critical women’s rights issues, including: gender and other forms of discrimination, violence against women, and reproductive rights. Visit the registration page for additional details.
If you would like to attend, but cannot afford the registration fee, please contact us about volunteering or download the Scholarship Application and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UN Human Rights Committee Issues Concluding Observations on State Reports of Chad, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Nepal, Sierra Leone, and the United States
The UN Human Rights Committee held its 110th session from March 10 to 28 to consider the State reports of Chad, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Nepal, Sierra Leone, and the United States of America. Following the session, the Committee released its concluding observations, detailing key concerns and recommendations for these States’ improved implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Read more
58th Commission on the Status of Women Closes with Commitment to Pursuing Gender Equality, Women’s Human Rights in Post-2015 Development Agenda
The Commission on the Status of Women held its 58th Session from March 10 to 21 at the UN Headquarters in New York, bringing together States and civil society organizations to discuss the priority theme of “challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.” The discussion both centered on, and informed revisions to, the Agreed Conclusions adopted by the Commission on the Status of Women on the final day of the session. Read more
IJRC is pleased to share some new informational tools for advocates and individual complainants in the Americas, which can now be found in the Online Resource Hub. Our popular animated video and legal handbook on the Inter-American human rights system have been revised to reflect important changes in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ Rules of Procedure and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ jurisdiction. In addition the updated English and Spanish versions, new Portuguese and Haitian Creole versions of both of these resources are tailored to assist advocates in Brazil and Haiti.
IJRC is grateful to the International Bar Association Foundation for its invaluable support of this project.
The videos’ 4 animated chapters address the following topics:
1. What is the Inter-American System?
2. What Rights Are Protected by the Inter-American System?
3. How to Present a Petition or Request for Precautionary Measures
4. How the Commission Processes Petitions and Requests
The fifth chapter of each video features interviews with experienced practitioners who share insights into effective advocacy before the Inter-American Commission and Court. To view the five chapters separately, visit IJRC’s Vimeo page.
The legal handbook provides more detailed explanations and sources on the Inter-American System, its history, components, mandate, and jurisprudence. The manual includes specific guidance on preparing petitions, and what petitioners can expect throughout the decision-making process. Other chapters provide more general advice and tips on researching international human rights law and documenting human rights abuses. Readers will find all of the treaties and other instruments applied by the Inter-American Commission and Court, along with those bodies’ governing documents, in the manual annexes.
For more information, visit IJRC’s webpage on the Inter-American Human Rights System.