Targeting of the Patriotic Union in Colombia

IACHR 150th Period of Sessions
March 24, 2014. Photo Credit: Daniel Cima

Commissioners: Felipe González, Tracy Robinson, Paulo Vannuchi, Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria (Executive Secretary), Elizabeth Abi-Mershed (Assistant Executive Secretary). Petitioners: Patriotic Union State: Colombia Petitioners representing the labor group Patriotic Union (Unión Patriótica) came before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), accusing the government of Colombia of systematic political persecution and violence directed towards their organization. At [Read More...]

Human Rights Situation in Colombia

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Commissioners: Felipe González, Tracy Robinson, Paulo Vannuchi Executive Secretary: Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria, Elizabeth Abi-Mershed Petitioners: Committee on Solidarity State: Colombia On March 24, Petitioners representing various Colombian Human Rights Groups came before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to follow up on the Commission’s assessment of the human rights situation in the country. According [Read More...]

The Need for Action on Violence Towards Women in Somalia

Somalia: Jowle Camp for the Displaced in Garowe, by European Commission DG ECHO—EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

“Were you raped today?” Human Rights Watch reports this furtive question is now a common greeting in the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia. This mournful question draws much needed attention to the ugly proliferation of rape and sexual violence in the country. Somalia (a country whose name is nearly synonymous with chronic instability) is still embroiled [Read More...]

Concerns Over the Human Rights Situation in Conflict Zones of Iraq

Iraqi Army soldiers march at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier during the Army Day celebrations in Baghdad, Iraq. Photo Credit - MATEUS_27:24&25

On January 3, 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a principal stakeholder of jihadist sentiment in the region, declared an Islamic state in Anbar Province, exactly 747 days following the departure of the last Coalition troops from the country. Iraq continues to experience civil unrest since the final withdrawal of U.S. troops [Read More...]

Freedom of the Press in the Kingdom of Morocco: The Government’s Use of Anti-Terror Laws to Mute the Press

Casablanca, by Pejman Parvandi

On September 17, 2013 Moroccan police arrested journalist Ali Anouzla for inciting terrorist acts in the Kingdom of Morocco, a move that some human rights law advocates see as a violation of international law. While the 2011 Moroccan Constitution protects the right to a free press, reported cases of intimidation and outright detention of journalists [Read More...]

El derecho a la libertad de asociación en Chile

Foto: Comision Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

English version available here. Comisionados: Rose-Marie Belle Antoine; Rosa María Ortiz; Rodrigo Escobar Gil; Emilio Alvarez Icaza, Executive Secretary; Elizabeth Abi-Mershed, Deputy Executive Secretary Peticionarios: Central Unitaria de Trabajadores de Chile Estado: Chile Defensores de los derechos de sindicatos y trabajadores se presentaron ante la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, alegando que las acciones del Gobierno de [Read More...]

Right to Freedom of Association in Chile

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Versión española disponible aquí Commissioners:, Rose-Marie Belle Antoine; Rosa María Ortiz; Rodrigo Escobar Gil; Emilio Alvarez Icaza, Executive Secretary; Elizabeth Abi-Mershed, Deputy Executive Secretary Petitioners: Workers United Center of Chile State: Chile Union and workers’ rights advocates went before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) alleging that the actions of the Chilean government significantly [Read More...]

Women’s Rights Fail to Bloom in Egypt’s Democratic Spring

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Two years after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, the Arab Republic of Egypt is still struggling to develop into a more liberalized and democratic state. With the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi and the return to de facto military rule on July 3, 2013, Egypt has again fallen into a transitional phase. Increasingly vocal women’s rights groups [Read More...]