Surinamese Compliance with Saramaka People v. Suriname

Suriname Court House, by Mark Ahsmann

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ (IACtHR, Court) decision in Saramaka People v. Suriname signified an important victory for tribal communities in their battle against land encroachment. The 2007 ruling recognized that tribal communities’ physical and cultural relationships with their ancestral territories should be protected under international human rights law. However since this victory, there […]

Situation of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights of Campesinos in Latin America


Versión española disponible aquí Commissioners: Rodrigo Escobar Gil; Rose-Marie Belle Antoine; Rosa María Ortiz; Elizabeth Abi-Mershed, Assistant Executive Secretary Petitioners: Gabriela Kretzel (CELS); Lourdes Bascary (CELS); Daniel Pascual (CUC Guatemala); Diego Monton (CLOC Vía Campesina); Deolinda Carrizo (CLOC Vía Campesina) State: N/A The Petitioners, speaking on behalf of several different organizations, represented campesinos of various […]

Deforestation Threatens Indigenous Land Rights in Bolivia

Bolivia from above, via Wikicommons

Nestled between the Andes to the west and the Amazon to the east, the farmlands of eastern Bolivia offer a unique opportunity for agriculture, with higher quality soil than other areas. In recent decades however, there has been a surge in deforestation, mostly a result of large landholding Brazilian migrants who arrived in the 1980s […]

Inter-American Court Determines that Dominican Republic Used Excessive Force Against Haitian Migrants

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Following more than two decades of tensions between Haitian descendants and the Dominican Republic, at least one group of Haitians now has a judgment against the Dominican Republic. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR, Court), in its decision in the Case of Nadege Dorzema et al. v. Dominican Republic, said  that seven people died […]

Country Visits Continue to Serve as Vital Tool for Human Rights Protection in the Americas

CC image courtesy of OAS.

In its latest country report, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR, Commission) reflected on its 2008 country visit to Jamaica and raised grave concerns regarding the high levels of continued violence inside the country. The report suggests the importance of country visits in order to collect evidence, conduct interviews, and learn more about the […]