World Bank Funding Fuels Instability and Human Rights Abuses in Honduras

During the funeral, family and friends carry the coffin of a landless peasant killed by paramilitary forces working for landowner Miguel Facussé

In January 2014, the World Bank’s Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) released a report criticizing the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) loan agreement with a Honduran corporation implicated in human rights violations in the country’s Bajo Aguán Valley. The CAO found that the IFC — the World Bank’s private investment arm — ignored its own policies and [Read More...]

Human Rights Situation of LGBTI Persons in the Andean Region

Crédito fotográfico: Comisión Inter-Americana de Derechos Humanos

Versión española disponible aquí Commissioners:  Tracy Robinson, José de Jesús Orozco Henríquez, Paulo Vannuchi, Elizabeth Abi-Mershed (Assistant Executive Secretary), Fanny Goméz-Lugo (Coordinator of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of LGBTI Persons) Petitioners:  Centro de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos (PROMSEX) (Peru) / Fundación Equidad (Ecuador) / Fundación Igualdad (Bolivia) On March 28, 2014, [Read More...]

Public Polices for Protecting the Human Rights of LGBTI Children and Adolescents in Paraguay

Fotografía: Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

Versión española disponible aquí Commissioners:  Tracy Robinson, José de Jesús Orozco Henríquez, Paulo Vannuchi Petitioners:  SOMOSGAY / Federación Paraguaya LGBT / LESVOS   State: Paraguay While the protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex (LGBTI) rights is nothing new for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the 150th period of sessions is the [Read More...]

UNHCR António Guterres and Syrian Civil Society Organizations Address the Ongoing Humanitarian Crisis in Syria

On March 12, the United States Institute of Peace, along with Oxfam America, marked the third anniversary of the Syrian conflict by hosting “Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis and the International Response.” The event featured a keynote address by UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and a discussion with Rajaa Altalli, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the [Read More...]

Disconnected from the World – The Right to Internet Access in Cuba

A man works on a computer at an exhibition booth - photo credit , rrossmeissl

The Cuban government continues to maintain strict control over Internet access and content throughout the country. This past year, however, the government reportedly started to relax its control and adopted measures to permit greater Internet access for its citizens. In June 2013, the state-run telecom company Etecsa opened 118 Internet salons throughout the country, significantly increasing the [Read More...]

La Situación de Desaparición de Personas en México

Comision Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

English version available here. Comisionados: Tracy Robinson, Rodrigo Escobar Gil, Rosa María Ortiz, Felipe González, Elizabeth Abi-Mershed (Secretaria Ejecutiva Adjunta) Peticionarios: Asociación de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos y Víctimas de Violaciones a los Derechos Humanos en México (AFADEM-FEDEFAM), Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos A.C. (CMDPDH), Ciudadanos en Apoyo a los [Read More...]

Reports of Human Trafficking in Mexico

Caption: From left to right: Commissioner Rodrigo Escobar Gil, Commissioner Rosa María Ortiz, Commissioner Tracy Robinson, Commissioner Felipe González (courtesy of Inter-American Commission on Human Rights)

Commissioners:  Tracy Robinson, Rodrigo Escobar Gil, Rosa María Ortiz, Felipe González, Elizabeth Abi-Mershed (Assistant Executive Secretary) Petitioners:  Observatorio contra la trata de personas con fines de explotación sexual del Distrito Federal, Centro de Estudios Sociales y Culturales Antonio de Montesinos A.C. (CAM), Colectivo contra la Trata de Personas A.C. (TDP) State:  Mexico On November 1, [Read More...]

Situation of the Disappearance of Persons in Mexico

Photo Credit: Comision Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

Versión española disponible aquí Commissioners:  Tracy Robinson, Rodrigo Escobar Gil, Rosa María Ortiz, Felipe González, Elizabeth Abi-Mershed (Deputy Executive Secretary) Petitioners:  Asociación de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos y Víctimas de Violaciones a los Derechos Humanos en México (AFADEM-FEDEFAM), Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos A.C. (CMDPDH), Ciudadanos en Apoyo a los [Read More...]

U.S. Minimum Wage: A Living Wage?

McDonalds Strike

In September, California’s legislature passed a bill (AB 10) increasing the state’s minimum wage to the highest in the country. Under the new law, the state’s minimum wage will be incrementally increased to $10 per hour by January 2016. The higher wages will impact an estimated three million Californians who are currently working minimum-wage jobs. [Read More...]