Citizen Action to Prevent Genocide

On April 7, 2014, Bukeni Waruzi from WITNESS led a session on Citizen Action to Prevent Genocide as part of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law’s 20th Anniversary Commemoration for the Rwandan Genocide. Mr. Waruzi began by reflecting on living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo when Rwandan refugees were fleeing the [Read More…]

Financing Genocide: Disrupting the Supply Chain for Slaughter

Ignacio Mujica with Lauren Bartlett

Ignacio Mujica has a long history working in the human rights field and currently works for Human Rights First. On April 7, 2014, Mr. Mujica spoke about the work Human Rights First is doing to stop the atrocity supply chain that is financing genocide. As part of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law’s [Read More…]

Situation of the Right of Access to Justice and Suspension of Judicial Decisions in Brazil

Crédito Fotográfico: Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

Commissioners: Felipe González, James L. Cavallaro, José de Jesús Orozco Henríquez, Emilio Álvarez Icaza (Executive Secretary) Petitioners: Justiça Global / Justiça nos Trilhos / Sociedade Paraense de Defesa de Direitos Humanos / Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente (AIDA) / International Rivers / Terra de Direitos State: Brazil Petitioners representing various Brazilian human rights [Read More…]

Human Rights Situation of LGBTI Persons in Belize

Créditos: Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

Commissioners: Felipe González, James L. Cavallaro Petitioners: United Belize Advocacy Movement State: Belize  Petitioners representing the United Belize Advocacy Movement presented their concerns regarding state and private discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons in Belize before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). In their March 28th hearing, Petitioners described several [Read More…]

Children Face Atrocities Amidst the Syrian Conflict

Syrian Children of Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, by Caroline Gluck/Oxfam International

As the Syrian conflict enters its third year, the United Nations (UN) estimates that 100,000 people are dead, including an estimated 10,000 children. Children have been at the center of the conflict since the beginning; in 2011, the Syrian Government arrested 15 children for painting anti-government slogans on the walls of a school in Dar’a. [Read More…]

A Conversation on Africa and the International Criminal Court

New York University’s Center for Global Affairs joined the International Center for Transition Justice on March 10, 2014 to discuss the accusation that the International Criminal Court (ICC) cases focus only on criminals from the African continent. In the fall of 2013, the African Union (AU) requested that the United Nations (UN) Security Council defer [Read More…]

A State of Emergency: Israel’s Use of Administrative Detention to Indefinitely Detain Palestinians

Eamonn Donnelly

The Israeli government holds hundreds of individuals, primarily Palestinians from the Occupied Territories, for months and even years with renewable administrative detention orders. At the end of 2013, 150 Palestinians were being held under administrative detention in facilities run by the Israel Prison Services. With administrative detention orders, an individual may be held without charge [Read More…]

Iran’s 2013 Presidential Election: The Measure of Free and Fair

Voter casts his vote in a ballot box during the 2013 Iranian presidential election, Photo Credit, Sonia Sevilla

In May 2013, 686 individuals, including approximately thirty women, registered as presidential candidates in Iran. On June 14, 2013, Hassan Rouhani was elected President, receiving just over fifty percent of the votes. Although some have applauded the 2013 presidential election as “free and fair,” especially in contrast to the contested 2009 re-election of President Mahmoud [Read More…]

Derechos Humanos, Desarrollo e Industrias Extractivas en Colombia

Photo Courtesy of Comision Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

Comisionados: José de Jesús Orozco Henríquez, Rosa María Ortiz, Dinah Shelton, Rose-Marie Antoine Peticionarios: Movimiento colombiano en defensa de los territorios y afectados por represas (RIOS VIVOS) /Asociación de Comunidades Afectados por El Quimbo (ASOQUIMBO) / Movimiento Social por la Defensa del Río Sogamoso / Asociación de Mujeres Ideales de Ituango – AMII / Asociación de productores Agrícolas de Ituango [Read More…]

Human Rights, Development, and Extractive Industries in Colombia

Photo Courtesy of Comision Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

Commissioners: José de Jesús Orozco Henríquez, Rosa María Ortiz, Dinah Shelton, Rose-Marie Antoine Petitioners: Movimiento colombiano en defensa de los territorios y afectados por represas (RIOS VIVOS) / Asociación de Comunidades Afectados por El Quimbo (ASOQUIMBO) / Movimiento Social por la Defensa del Río Sogamoso / Asociación de Mujeres Ideales de Ituango – AMII / [Read More…]