General Human Rights Situation in Antioquia

Petitioner Grupo Interdisciplinario por los Derechos Humanos argues before the Commission on March 26, 2012 (courtesy of OAS, Flickr)

Petitioner:  Grupo Interdisciplinario por los Derechos Humanos (GIDH) Respondent: State of Colombia Commissioners: José de Jesús Orozco Henríquez, Felipe González, Rosa María Ortíz Topic: Thematic Hearing–General Human Right Situation in Antioquia, Colombia Paramilitary groups in the department of Antiquia, Colombia are still a threat, alleged the Grupo Interdisciplinario por los Derechos Humans (GIDH)—a human rights [Read More…]

The African Court Affirmed Its Sole Jurisdiction over the Interpretation of the East African Community Treaty

Entrance to Kigali Prison. Photo by Jose Miguel Calatayud.

On December 1, 2011, The East African Court of Justice (EACJ, Court) held that eligible applicants may file a reference alleging violations of the East African Community Treaty (Treaty) without first exhausting local remedies, and further issued a declaration that Rwanda breached the Treaty when it unlawfully detained Lieutenant-Colonel Rugigana Ngabo of the Rwanda Patriotic [Read More…]

The East African Court of Justice asserts its Jurisdiction to Hear The Independent Medical Legal Unit’s Reference Against the Kenyan Government

The Mount Elgon Region of Kenya and Uganda.

On June 29, 2011, The Independent Medical Legal Unit (IMLU) achieved a monumental victory in the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) in its case against the Republic of Kenya, when the court denied a motion to dismiss filed by Kenya’s Attorney General and ordered the case to proceed. IMLU is a non-governmental organization with [Read More…]

The Kampala Convention: Bridging the Gap in the Protection of Internally Displaced Persons in the African Human Rights System

A Camp for Internally Displaced Persons outside Nakuru, Kenya.

Forced to leave their homes due to violent conflicts, gross human rights violations or natural disasters, an estimated 12 million people in Africa are classified as internally displaced persons (IDPs), among the most vulnerable groups with little to no legal protection in the African human rights system. IDPs do not cross international border, and thereby [Read More…]

Violence against Indigenous Women In the United States

Hearing on violence against indigenous women in the U.S. October 25, 2011.

Commissioners: Commissioner Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Commissioner Rodrigo Escobar Gil, Commissioner Felipe Gonzalez Participants: Indian Law Resource Center, United States Department of Justice, United States Department of the Interior Countries: The United States Topics: Rights of Native American Women, violence against women One in three Native American women is raped at least once in their lives, [Read More…]

Coalition of Civil Societies Challenge the Judicial Response in Denationalization Cases in the Dominican Republic

IACHR Hearing, October 24, 2011

Commissioners: Commissioner Dinah Shelton (Moderator), Commissioner Rodrigo Escobar Gil, Commissioner Maria Silvia Guillén Participants: Dominican Republic, Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI), The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, Refugees International, Christian Aid UK, Church World Service, Global Rights, Fundación Etnica Integral (FEI), Movimiento Social y [Read More…]

African Committee Finds Kenya in Violation of the Rights and Welfare of the Child

Kenyan birth certificate. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

In its landmark decision in Nubian Minors v. Kenya, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (Committee) for the first time found that the Government of Kenya had violated the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (Children’s Charter) in its treatment of Kenyan children of [Read More…]