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


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 [Read More…]

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 [Read More…]

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: [Read More…]

United Nations Claims Anti-homosexuality Legislation Violates Human Rights: The Cases of Uganda and India

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*Update on the LGBTQ situation in Uganda* (article follows) On February 23, 2013 President Yoweri Musevini of Uganda signs into law a bill, strengthening Africa’s antigay movement. Although, Musevini said he would not signed the bill proposed by the parliament, he has since then shifted position, agreeing with the conservative view in Uganda. The bill [Read More…]

UN Millennium Development Goals to Incorporate a Rights Based Approach

During the 68th United Nations General Assembly, world leaders addressed the need to have the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) written from a human rights based approach. As the UN urges progress toward the eight anti-poverty targets set forth in 2000, concerned advocates note that future targets need to be aligned with human rights treaty obligations. [Read More…]

Derechos Políticos e Independencia Judicial en Bolivia


English version available here Comisionados: Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Rodrigo Escobar Gil, Rosa María Ortiz; Elizabeth Abi-Mershed (Secretaria Ejecutiva Adjunta) Peticionarios: Fundación Nueva Democracia, la cual incluye la Dra. Silvia Al Ahmad y Rubén Darío Cuéllar Suárez Estado: Bolivia Los peticionarios aseguraron ante la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (IACHR) que el poder ejecutivo boliviano ha tenido una [Read More…]

Political Rights and Judicial Independence in Bolivia

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Versión española disponible aquí Commissioners: Rose-Marie Belle Antoine; Rodrigo Escobar Gil; Rosa María Ortiz; Elizabeth. Abi-Mershed, Assistant Executive Secretary Petitioners: Fundacion Nueva Democracia which included Dr. Silvia Al Ahmad  and Rubén Darío Cuéllar Suárez State: Bolivia Petitioners before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) asserted that the Bolivian executive has had a complete lack of [Read More…]

United Nations Urges Comprehensive Laws Regarding Right to Privacy

As innovations in technology increase global communications and electronic surveillance techniques, many believe that governments need to aggressively protect online privacy while simultaneously upholding international human rights standards, or otherwise risk severely limiting freedom of speech. UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue urges the need for more comprehensive laws regulating what constitutes necessary and legitimate [Read More…]