Mexico City Changes the Definition of Marriage

Mexico City’s legislative assembly recently voted to change the definition of marriage, legalizing gay marriage. Representatives voted in December 2009 to change the Civil Code, which previously defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman and now…

Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Ecuador

On November 3, 2009, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) held a general hearing on the criminalization of human rights defenders in Ecuador. The hearing began as civil society representatives expressed concern for a colleague who was denied entry…

Improving Political Rights in Mexico

On November 5, 2009, academics and members of civil society from Mexico came before the Inter-American Court for Human Rights to protest an alleged degradation of political rights in their country. Representatives from the Iberian-American Observatory for Democracy, the Center…