The Right to Truth and the Report of Brazil’s National Truth Commission | El derecho a la Transparencia y el Reporte de la Comisión de Transparencia de Brasil

Petitioners address the IACHR (courtesy of Inter-American Commission on Human Rights)

Vea este artículo en español aquí. The Right to Truth and the Report of Brazil’s National Truth Commission by Kaitlin McKenzie Commissioners: Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Rosa María Ortiz, José de Jesús Orozco Henríquez, and Felipe González Petitioners: Conectas Direitos Humanos, Comissão Justiça e Paz de São Paulo, Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), Washington […]

Human Rights Situation of Persons Deprived of Liberty at the Guantanamo Naval Base, Cuba | Situación de Derechos Humanos de Individuos Privados de Libertad en la Base Naval de Guantánamo, Cuba

Photo courtesy of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Vea este artículo en español aquí. Human Rights Situation of Persons Deprived of Liberty at the Guantanamo Naval Base, Cuba by Janie Williams Commissioners: Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Rosa María Ortiz, Felipe González, Paulo Vannuchi, and Elizabeth Abi-Mershed (Deputy Executive Secretary for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights) Petitioners: James G. Connell, Learned Counsel (Office of […]

Guantánamo Diary

Photo of detainees at Guantánamo Bay Detention Center on January 11, 2002 by Petty Officer 1st class Shane T. McCoy, U.S. Navy.  Photo is in the public domain.

On January 23, 2015, Politics and Prose, an independent bookstore in Washington, DC, hosted an event entitled Guantánamo Diary. The event derived its title from a memoir written by Mohamedou Ould Slahi who is currently imprisoned at the Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp (GTMO) in Cuba. Two of Mr. Slahi’s lawyers, Nancy Hollander, a well- known […]

The Philippines: Culture of Violence in Police Force Blamed for Torture Cases

Photo of Riot Police in The Philippines by Flickr user Keith Bacongco, licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Philippine Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights and Committee on Public Order met in Manila last week to discuss claims of police torture within the country. The joint committee hearing was announced shortly after the release of Amnesty International’s (AI) investigative report, Above the Law, which details widespread abuse of detainees by Philippine […]

Venezuela’s Treatment of Protesters Forces Questioning from the UN’s Committee Against Torture

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The United Nations Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) recently questioned Venezuela on its alleged use of torture and other inhumane treatment during the country’s political protests that started in February 2014. The UNCAT’s concerns come from reports that stated that Venezuelan police forces tortured and abused more than 3,000 people who were detained during the protests. […]