Human Rights Concerns Ahead of Burundi’s 2015 Elections

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Photo of Burundi peacekeepers via Flickr user US Army Africa, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. On April 15, 2015, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, referred to Burundi’s 2015 general elections as a “critical moment” in the nation’s history with a chance for the country to choose “the path of free and […]

Turkey’s attempt to ban social media platforms threatens freedom of expression

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The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed concern over Turkey’s recent attempt to ban social media platforms Twitter and YouTube, calling these actions a threat to freedom of expression conflicting with the country’s international human rights obligations. While Turkey is not the only country attempting to block forms of […]

Human Rights Situation of Persons with Disabilities in Cuba

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Versión española disponible aqui. Commissioners: Felipe González, Rose-Marie Belle Antonie, Elizabeth Abi-Mershed (Assistant Executive Secretary Petitioners: Centro de Informacion Legal-Cubalex State: Cuba (Not Present) According to the latest estimates, 367,000 people in Cuba have disabilities, accounting for about 3% of the island’s population. Petitioners before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) asserted that, while […]

Human Rights Situation of the Indigenous Peoples of Nicaragua

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Versión española disponible aqui. Commissioners: Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Tracy Robinson, James L. Cavallaro Petitioners: Centro Nicaraguense de Derechos Hermanos (CENIDH), Centro por la Justicia y Derechos Humanos de la Costa Atlantica de Nicaragua (CEJUDHCAN), Centro de Asistencia a Pueblos Indigenas (CALPI), Gobierno Territorial RAMA y Kriol (GTR-K), Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)  State: […]