Sexual Violence Against Adolescent Girls in Bolivia

Young Bolivian woman in traditional dress. Photo courtesy of Yves Picg, Wikimedia Commons

Commissioners: Commissioner Felipe Gonzalez Morales, Commissioner Rodrigo Escobar Gil Petitioners: American University Washington College of Law’s International Human Rights Law Clinic, the Child and Family Advocacy Clinic at Rutgers School of Law, the Centro una Brisa de Esperanza based in Bolivia, and La Oficina Juridica para la Mujer State: State of Bolivia (Not present) On [Read More...]

Coping with the Refugee Implications and International Obligations as a Result of the New South Sudan

Women at the Egypt/Sudan border in Aswan in a community of Sudanese refugees. Photo by Shubra Ohri, Human Rights Brief.

“Egypt’s top priority in Africa is the future of Sudan,” stated a Wikileak cable that further explained that a unified Sudan would serve Egypt’s interest. According to an Egyptian official, the creation of a new South Sudanese state would likely increase the flow of refugees into Egypt. With the combination of an estimated 1.5 million [Read More...]

ICC Prosecutor Declines To Pursue DRC Allegations In Bemba Case

credit The Council of the European Union, EU High Representative Javier Solana, EU Special Representativve Aldo Ajello and the Vice President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mr Jean Pierre Bemba

In June 2010, Congolese victims who claimed to have suffered crimes at the hands of the Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) asked the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to review the Prosecutor’s decision not yet to prosecute Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo for crimes allegedly committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo [Read More...]

ICTR Permits Disclosure of Confidential Witness Testimony to France

Judge Solomy Balungi Bossa presided over the September 2010 decision concerning witness protective measures.

On September 16, 2010, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) ruled in the Nzabonimana case that certain witness protective measures be varied. These changes allow the disclosure of confidential witness information in order to assist France in its investigation and domestic prosecution of international crimes committed in Rwanda in 1994. The tribunal relied on [Read More...]

The World Bank Appraises the Value of Biodiversity

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Biodiversity is defined as the variety of life on earth, encompassing living networks of plants, animals, their surrounding environments, and the interdependent nature of all living organisms. In recognition of the importance of biodiversity, the United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. To celebrate this important year, the UN involved many [Read More...]