Join the Conversation: Engaging with Regional Human Rights Mechanisms

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Screen Shot 2014-04-18 at 8.02.52 AMJoin 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

UN General Assembly Approves Resolution to Strengthen Human Rights Treaty Body System

The UN General Assembly holds an informal meeting on treaty body system in July 2012. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
The UN General Assembly holds an informal meeting on the treaty body system in July 2012. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The UN General Assembly holds an informal meeting on the treaty body system in July 2012.
Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

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

State Ratification of the ICCPR
State Ratification of the ICCPR

State Ratification of the ICCPR

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

African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights Issues Judgment in Killing of Investigative Journalist

African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights in sessionCredit: AfCHPR
African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights in sessionCredit: AfCHPR

African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in session
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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

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights in sessionCredit: IACtHR
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights in sessionCredit: IACtHR

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights in session
Credit: IACtHR

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

Participants in the UN Human Rights Council's 25th SessionCredit: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre
Participants in the UN Human Rights Council's 25th SessionCredit: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

Participants in the UN Human Rights Council’s 25th Session
Credit: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

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

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 in sessionCredit: UN Treaty Body Webcast
The UN Human Rights Committee begins its 110th session. Credit: UN Treaty Body Webcast

The UN Human Rights Committee begins its 110th session.
Credit: UN Treaty Body Webcast

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

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CSW 58 largeThe 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

New Educational Videos and Handbooks on the Inter-American Human Rights System

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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.

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For more information, visit IJRC’s webpage on the Inter-American Human Rights System.

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