Mali’s Solution to International Humanitarian Law Violations: French Military Intervention and the Need for Long-Term Sustainability

Islamist rebel strongholds have proliferated in the north of Mali with accusations of increasing humanitarian law violations since January 2012. International human rights agencies have urged Mali to investigate and prosecute alleged violations committed by both Malian security forces and rebel forces against civilians. The Minister of Justice, Malick Coulibaly, cognizant of the country’s inability […]

Amendments to India’s Counterterrorism Law Threaten International Human Rights


Recent amendments to India’s counterterrorism law, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act of 1967 (UAPA), place the law squarely in conflict with the right to freely associate and assemble, protected under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which India is a State Party. Amendments to the UAPA, initially enacted to protect national […]

Uruguay’s New Abortion Law May Hinder Women’s Rights

Uruguay has passed a law authorizing abortions for women during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy and during the first fourteen weeks in cases involving rape. Although abortions will remain a crime under the country’s criminal code, the law waives the penalties, including monetary fines and imprisonment. But, it contains requirements that women must satisfy […]

Right to Freedom of Expression in Honduras

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Commissioners:  Rodrigo Escobar Gil, Rosa María Ortiz, Tracy Robinson Petitioners:  Comité por la Libre Expresión (C-Libre), Centro de Investigación y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos en Honduras (CIPRODEH) State:  State of Honduras The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) heard testimony at a November 4, 2012, hearing about how, for the past three years, groups […]

Suriname Institutes New Protections Furthering Goals of its Arms Trade Treaty

The illicit trafficking of weapons is a growing concern in Latin America as the region grapples with the world’s highest murder rates involving firearms. The unregulated proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALW) undermines human security protected by the American Convention on Human Rights, which is legally binding for OAS Member States which have […]