Not Ghosts but Human Beings: Human Rights of Persons With Albinism

A woman with albinism in a canoe, Benin, Africa

Albinism, a rare genetic condition affecting one in 17,000 people worldwide, is characterized by limited or nonexistent pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes. Persons with albinism experience increased susceptibility to skin cancer, vision impairment, and, discrimination that stems from societal misunderstandings of the condition’s cause; in parts of Africa, persons with albinism often experience [Read More...]

Belgium Mulls Allowing Children to Choose Death

Photo by Arnold C

Belgium is currently considering expanding a 2002 euthanasia law so that chronically ill children would be granted the right to choose to die. This proposed legislation has raised concerns from many groups about the implications of such legislation on the quality of care available to children and the potential exploitation of chronically ill children for [Read More...]

Italy’s Return of Asylum Seekers to Greece Raises Human Rights Concerns

Arrested migrants in a detention center in Evros, Greece. Photo by Ggia

  The Italian government has recently instituted a policy of returning asylum-seekers back to abusive conditions in Greece without reviewing their claims, an approach in conflict with both national and international obligations. Italy has continued to pursue this policy of summary return of both Greek asylum seekers and persons from northern Africa who originally were [Read More...]

Situación de los Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres y Niñas en El Salvador

Periodo de Sesiones 147, Audiencia de la Comisión. Foto por la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos.

English version available here. Comisionados: Rose Marie Belle Antoine, Rosa-Maríe Ortiz, Tracy Robinson Peticionarios: Colectiva Feminista para el Desarrollo Local del El Salvador; Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto Terapéutico, Ético y Eugenésico de El Salvador; IPAS Centroamérica; Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)   País: El Salvador (los representantes del gobierno estaban [Read More...]

Situation of Human Rights of Women and Girls in El Salvador

147th Period of Sessions, Commission Hearing. Photo by Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Versión en español disponible aquí. Commissioners: Rose Marie Belle Antoine, Rosa-Maríe Ortiz, Tracy Robinson  Petitioners: Colectiva Feminista para el Desarrollo Local del El Salvador; Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto Terapéutico, Ético y Eugenésico de El Salvador; IPAS Centroamérica; Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) State: El Salvador (representatives of the government were absent) The [Read More...]

Forced Disappearances in the Americas

Photo by Oliver Contreras/Eddie Arrossi Photography/Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Commissioners: Felipe González, Dinah Shelton, Rodrigo Escobar Gil, Elizabeth Abi-Mershed (Assistant Executive Secretary) Petitioners: Fundación Nydia Erika Bautista para los Derechos Humanos (FNEB); Asociación de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos (ASFADDES); Asociación Familiares de Desaparecidos Forzadamente por el Apoyo Mutuo (Familiares Colombia); Movimiento Nacional de Víctimas de Crímenes de Estado (MOVICE); Corporación Reiniciar; Corporación Desarrollo Regional [Read More...]

Situation of the Right to Freedom of Expression in Haiti

147th Period of Sessions, Commission Hearing. Photo by Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (March 15, 2013).

Commissioners: Rosa-Marie Belle Antoine, Rosa María Ortiz, Tracy Robinson, Catalina Botero (Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression), Emilio Álvarez Icaza (Executive Secretary) State:  Haiti Representatives from two Haitian organizations—Organisation pour la Protection des Droits de l’Enfance et de la Femme (OPDEF) and Citoyens Engagés pour le Respect et la Promotion Des Droits Humains (CERPRODH)—were slated [Read More...]

Turkey Cracks Down on Opposition in Mass Arrest of Lawyers and Journalists

Flickr image courtesy of Black.Dots

More than eighty Turkish citizens, including journalists, lawyers, teachers, and students, were detained as part of a mass arrest that took place in the early morning hours of January 18, 2013. The arrests occurred in seven Turkish cities, at both residential addresses and law offices, under the authority of Article 7 of the Turkish Anti-Terror [Read More...]

Ukrainian Legislation Threatens Freedom of Expression of the LGBT Community

CC image courtesy of Valerii Ludin.

A Ukrainian bill commonly referred to as a “gay gag law” passed its initial reading on October 2, 2012.  If signed into law, this bill would drastically restrict the right to free speech of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) persons. The Ukrainian draft law, officially known as bill number 8711 and backed by the [Read More...]

As the European Economy Struggles, Nationalist Parties Grow

Protests in Greece

As the economic crisis in Europe deepens, extremist right wing political parties in the region, taboo after World War II, are becoming more common due to their policies promoting both nationalism and protectionism. As the movement expands beyond domestic politics and into the governing body of the Council of Europe (COE), it raises issues of [Read More...]