Timeline of Events and Resources

José Efraín Ríos Montt, who was President of Guatemala from 1982 to 1983, and José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez, Ríos Montt’s Chief of Military Intelligence, are facing a trial in the Constitutional Court of Guatemala for genocide and crimes against humanity. The charges result from killings, forced disappearances, torture, and sexual violence during Guatemala’s civil war [Read More...]

Concerns Over the Conditionality of Human Rights Protections in New ASEAN Declaration

The Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) adopted a Human Rights Declaration (Declaration), the first for the region, at its summit in Phnom Penh on November 18, 2012, despite concerns from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, national governments, and rights groups that the Declaration does not meet international human rights standards. The concerns [Read More...]

Mexico May Be Violating Human Rights by Allowing Child Marriage in Chihuahua State

The state legislature in Chihuahua, Mexico has approved amendments lowering the age of consent for marriage from sixteen to fourteen for girls in cases where they are pregnant. The amendment was motivated by the idea of bringing more protection to vulnerable pregnant women—giving them a chance to get married is seen as a way of [Read More...]

Información sobre violencia discriminación y limpieza social de poblaciones callejeras en México

146o Período de Sesiones, Audiencia de la Comisión. Foto de Isabel Erreguerena (Noviembre 2, 2012).

English version available here. Comisionados: Rodrigo Escobar Gil, Rosa María Ortiz y Tracy Robinson. Peticionarios Alianza Mexicana Poblaciones Callejeras,  Red por los Derechos de la Infancia en México (REDIM) y la Comisión de Derechos Humanos del Distrito Federal Estado: México Las personas que viven en la calle son uno de los grupos más discriminados en México, [Read More...]

Information on Violence, Discrimination, and Social Cleansing of Street People in Mexico

146th Period of Sessions, Commission Hearing. Photo by Isabel Erreguerena (November 2, 2012).

Spanish version available here. Commissioners: Rodrigo Escobar Gil, Rosa María Ortiz, and Tracy Robinson Petitioners: Alianza Mexicana Poblaciones Callejeras, Red por los Derechos de la Infancia en México (REDIM) y Comisión de Derechos Humans del Distrito Federal State: Mexico People living on the streets are one of the most discriminated against groups in Mexico, according to [Read More...]

Cooperation of Mexico with the Inter-American System of Human Rights and progress in the juridical and institutional framework of protection of human rights in Mexico

146th Period of Sessions, Commission Hearing. Photo by Isabel Erreguerena (November 2, 2012).

Commissioners: Rodrigo Escobar Gil, Rosa María Ortiz, and Tracy Robinson Rapporteurs: Catalina Botero (Freedom of Expression) State: Mexico The State of Mexico recognized the complexity of human rights protection within its borders, especially when it comes to combating human trafficking, the protection of migrants, and forced disappearances. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) held [Read More...]

Free Speech Limits and Protests against “The Innocence of Muslims”

The film preview for “The Innocence of Muslims,” which was posted on YouTube, sparked anti-American protests throughout the Arab world. This has generated a debate about what classifies as hate speech and when limits on the right to free speech are appropriate. YouTube’s Community Guidelines restrict content from being posted to the site when it [Read More...]