Situation of Women Human Rights Defenders in Mesoamerica

Commissioners:  Commissioner José de Jesus Orozco Henriquez (President), Rapporteur for Canada, Paraguay, and Peru, and Human Rights Defenders; Commissioner María Silvia Guillén, Rapporteur for Colombia, Panama, and Uruguay, and Rapporteur on the Rights of Afrodescendents; Commissioner Felipe González, Vice-Chair, Rapporteur…

Court Rules on Ireland Abortion Rights Cases

A long-awaited decision by the European Court of Human Rights regarding abortion rights in Ireland evinced claims of victory from both sides of the debate, but plenty of questions still remain regarding implementation of the decision.  On Dec. 16, 2010,…

France’s Burqa Ban Passes Constitutional Muster

The French government’s ban on clothing that covers an individual’s face when in public, including the burqa and the niqab worn by Muslim women, has passed its last domestic legal hurdle. The traditionally Afghan burqa is a full-body garment with…