Desafíos en la implementación del sistema de justicia penal en México

Comisionados: Rose-Marie Belle Antoine , Tracy Robinson, James L. Cavallaro Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria Peticionarios: Observatorio Ciudadano del Sistema de Justicia / Asistencia Legal por  los Derechos Humanos A.C. (ASILEGAL) / Instituto de Justicia Procesal Penal A.C. (IJPP) / Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de Derechos Humanos A.C. (CMDPDH) Estado: México Las reformas a la [Read More...]

Acquittals for Croatian Generals Raise Questions about the ICTY and its Legacy

Acquittals for Croatian Generals Raise Questions about the ICTY and its Legacy

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY, the Tribunal) raised worldwide questions about the legitimacy of internationalized criminal justice and the impartiality of the tribunal with its recent acquittals of Croatian Generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac. The generals were sentenced to 24 and eighteen years, respectively, for committing crimes of murder and [Read More...]

International Criminal Tribunal for Cybercrime and Human Rights

Image courtesy of Enigma-Chadto Group on Wikimedia Commons

As communication and commerce increasingly shift into the cyberworld, some states and experts have questioned both the breadth and method of criminal law to protect commercial and public interests. In his “Recommendations for Potential New Global Legal Mechanisms Against Global Cyberattacks and Other Global Cybercrimes,” Norwegian judge Stein Schjolberg, also the Chairman of the global [Read More...]

Información sobre violencia sexual contra mujeres y niñas en Guatemala

146th Período de sesiones, Audiencia de la Comisión. Foto hecha por Megan Wakefield (4 de noviembre de 2012).

English version available here. Comisionados:  Dinah Shelton, Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, José de Jesús Orozco Henríquez, Felipe González Peticionados:  Fundación Myrna Mack, Red Legal y su Observatorio de Derechos Humanos y VIH Estado: Guatemala La Procuraduría de Derechos Humanos (PDH) del gobierno de Guatemala, en conjunto con dos organizaciones de sociedad civil, llevaron información sobre la violencia [Read More...]

Information on Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls in Guatemala

146th Period of Sessions, Commission Hearing. Photo by Megan Wakefield (November 4, 2012).

English version available here. Commissioners:  Dinah Shelton, Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, José de Jesús Orozco Henríquez, Felipe González Petitioners:  Fundación Myrna Mack, Red Legal y su Observatorio de Derechos Humanos y VIH State:  Guatemala The Guatemalan government’s Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman, in conjunction with two civil society organizations, brought information regarding sexual violence and its [Read More...]

Karadzic’s Right to a Fair Trial: Protecting the Accused in the ICTY

Radovan Karadžić. Photo courtesy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Trial Chamber rejected Radovan Karadzic’s motion for retrial on August 13, 2012. The former Serbian leader, accused of involvement in the Srebrenica massacre, based his motion on the prosecution’s repeated failure to submit evidence in a timely fashion. The ICTY held that while the prosecution submitted [Read More...]

“Mining is Equal to Misery”: The Human Rights Situation of Persons Affected by the Extractive Industries in the Americas

El Cerrejón Coal Mine in the Guajira, Colombia. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

  El Cerrejón Coal Mine in the Guajira, Colombia. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Petitioners: Indian Resource Law Center, Centro de Estudios para la Justicia Social “Tierra Digna,” Asociación Colectivo Mujeres al Derecho, Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz, Corporación Colectivo de Abogados “José Alvear Restrepo” Commissioners: Tracy Robinson, Presidente; Dinah Shelton; Rose-Marie Antoine Thematic Hearing [Read More...]

Exchanging Reproductive Justice for a Food Processor: Incentivized Sterilization in Rajasthan, India

A grandmother and her grandson pose together for a picture. Photo by Pepe Pont.

In the summer of 2011, India’s National Population Stabilization Fund (Fund) instituted a new scheme in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, a rural town west of New Delhi, offering incentives for area residents who agreed to undergo sterilization surgery. Government health officials created a sweepstakes program, entering those who agree to be sterilized into a drawing to win [Read More...]

Tajikistan’s Parental Responsibility Law: Preventing Extremism or Violating Rights?

Tajik boy wearing a kufi. Photo courtesy of babasteve.

On August 6, 2011, Tajikistan’s president, Emomali Rahmon, signed the Parental Responsibility Law into effect, banning children under the age of eighteen from attending religious services or events except funerals. Enforcement began on August 31, the last day of Ramadan, and police stopped individuals under the age of eighteen from entering mosques to celebrate Eid [Read More...]

Nepal’s New Prime Minister Grants Impunity for Civil War Crimes

Flag of Nepal (Photo by MShades)

In August, Nepal elected its fourth prime minister since its first democratic election in 2008. Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, a member of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), stepped in to lead the Constituent Assembly away from its political standstill and toward the creation of a long-anticipated constitution.Within days of his election, Bhattarai signed [Read More...]