United States Tobacco Group Implements Child Labor Protections

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Human Rights Watch reports that the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina has implemented a policy that children under sixteen are prohibited from working on tobacco farms. A previous Human Rights Watch report documented how children working long hours on tobacco farms, suffered symptoms similar to nicotine poisoning, specifically “dizziness, headaches, nausea, and vomiting.” United [Read More…]

Human Rights Watch Reports on New Bill’s Attempt to Divert Youth from Maximum Security Prisons

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On September 27, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that requires the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to conduct individualized reviews of all those entering prison under 22 years of age to determine whether they could be sent to a lower security facility.  Human Rights Watch asserts that affording these [Read More…]

Human Rights of Girls in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Versión en español disponible aquí Commissioners: Jose de Jesus Orosco Henriquez, Rosa Maria Ortiz, Emilio Alvarez Icaza L. Petitioners: Regional office of UNICEF for Latin America and the Caribbean (Officina Regional de UNICEF para Amèrica latina e Caribe) State: Regional Petitioners representing the Regional office of UNICEF for Latin America and the Caribbean asserted, before the [Read More…]

Situation of the Right to Life of Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada

Petitioners during the hearing. Photo by Eddie Arrossi, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Commissioners: Dinah Shelton, José de Jesús Orozco Henríquez, Tracy Robinson, Rose-Marie Belle Antoine Petitioners: Native Women´s Association of Canada (NWAC), Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) Country: Canada The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) heard testimony at a hearing on March 12, 2013, regarding the murders and disappearances of indigenous women and girls in [Read More…]

Human Rights of Children Affected by Gang Violence in El Salvador

146th Period of Sessions, Commission Hearing. Photo by Michaela Spero (November 4, 2012).

Commissioners: Tracy Robinson, Rodrigo Escobar Gil, Rosa María Ortiz Petitioners: Procuraduría para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos de El Salvador (PDDH), Red para la Infancia y Adolescencia de El Salvador (RIA), Red Latinoamericana y Caribeña por los Derechos de la Niñez (REDLAMYC) State: El Salvador Gangs have plagued El Salvador since the end of [Read More…]

Complaints Of Institutional Segregation And The Abuse Of Children And Adults With Disabilities In Mexico


Commissioners: Santiago A. Cantón, Rodrigo Escobar Gil, Felipe González; Rosa María Ortíz Petitioners: Colectivo Chuhcan / Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (CMDPDH) / Disability Rights International (DRI) / Documenta, análisis y acción para la justicia social, AC (Documenta) / Instituto Mexicano de Derechos Humanos y Democracia (IMDHD) State: State of [Read More…]

Situation of Mapuche Children in Chile

Petitioners; Situation of Mapuche Children in Chile. Photo by Juan Manuel Herrera/OAS (March 25, 2011).

Participants: State of Chile, Red latinoamericana y Caribeña por la Defensa de los Derechos de los Niños, Niñas y Adolescentes (REDLAMYC), Red de ONGs de infancia y Juventud de Chile (ROIJ Chile) Countries: Chile Topics: Rights of Children Commissioners: Dinah Shelton, Paulo Sèrgio Pinheiro The Chilean police are systematically violating the human rights of Mapuche [Read More…]

Situation of Indigenous Children in Schools in the United States

Boys pray before bedtime with Father Keyes, St. Mary's Mission School, Omak. (© Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture/Eastern Washington State Historical Society, Spokane, WA).

  Petitioners: Boarding School Healing Project and over 35 others Country: United States of America Topics: Rights of Children, Rights of Indigenous Peoples Update: “There is no American history without Native American history,” asserted Eric Bruce Wilson of the United States Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Yet, Dr. Lajimodiere said that [Read More…]

Right to Education in Ecuador for Plaza Orbe Family

Photo Courtesy of Fundación Regional de Asesoría en Derechos Humanos.

  Petitioner:Fundación Regional de Asesoría en Derechos Humanos (INREDH) / Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) Commissioner: Felipe Gonzalez Morales, Chile Update: On October 29, 2010, human rights activists represented the Plaza Orbe family in front of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on claims that Ecuador violated [Read More…]

Abuse of Children with Disabilities in State Facilities in the Americas

Thematic Hearing on the Rights of Children with Disabilities. Photo Courtesy of Kaitlin Brush, Human Rights Brief (Oct. 28, 2010).

Participants: Eric Rosenthal (Executive Director, Disability Rights International), Sofía Galvan Puente (Mexico and Central America Programs Director, Disability Rights International), Raquel Jelinek (Inclusión Interamericana), Maria Veronica Reina (Partnership on Disability Development) Countries: Regional Topics: Rights of Children, Disabilities Update: On October 28, 2010, Disability Rights International (DRI) shared the stories of Jorge and Julio, two [Read More…]