New Publication on U.N. Special Procedures' Activities in 2009

The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recently published its 2009 update on the roles and activities of the Special Procedures established by the U.N. Human Rights Council, which include country-specific and thematic special rapporteurships and working groups.  See the report, “United Nations Special Procedures: Facts and Figures 2009” here.  See the list of thematic special

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Human Rights Committee Deplores Executions in Belarus

Following the conclusion of its 98th session, held in New York earlier this month, the Human Rights Committee issued a press release deploring the execution of two individuals whose cases are pending before the Committee and on whose behalf the Committee had issued interim measures. During its session, the Committee had requested clarification from Belarus, which was not forthcoming.  The

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This Week at the ECHR

The European Court of Human Rights issued Chamber judgments in a diverse group of cases this week, finding: Russia responsible for violating, inter alia, article 6.2 (presumption of innocence) for a politician’s public comments about a defendant who had been criminally charged with rape and was pending trial at the time (Kuzmin v. Russia); Moldova responsible for violating article 2

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This Week at the IACHR

Inter-American Commissioners Elected to New Posts The seven members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights elected new officers last week. The new Chair, First Vice-Chair and Second Vice-Chair are Felipe González, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro and Dinah Shelton, respectively.  Commissioner Shelton is one of four members who joined the Commission this year. Inter-American Commission Holds 138th Ordinary Session The 138th

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Deaths and Harassment of Honduran Activists Lamented

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights today condemned the acts of violence and harassment in recent months against individuals involved in the resistance to the coup d’etat which took place in Honduras last June.  Such acts included the deaths of three individuals and the torture and arbitrary detention of others.  See the Commission’s statement here, and its report on human

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ECHR Finds Violation in British Transfer of Detainees to Iraqi Custody

Last Wednesday, the European Court of Human Rights issued its decision in Al-Saadoon & Mufdhi v. the United Kingdom, finding that the U.K. had violated its international human rights obligations when it transferred two Iraqi nationals to Iraqi custody because there was a real risk they would face the death penalty.  See the press release and judgment. The application was

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Karadzic Trial Resumes at ICTY

The trial of Radovan Karadzic for acts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes resumed yesterday before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, in The Hague.  The trial, which first began in October 2009, was suspended when Karadzic refused to participate.  See the ICTY’s fact sheet on the trial here. Karadzic had previously been sued in the

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IACHR Refers Two Cases to Inter-American Court

Today the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights announced that it filed two applications with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.  The first, against the State of Ecuador, has to do with an individual who died after failing to receive adequate medical treatment while in detention. The second, against the State of Peru, involves judicial protection against the retroactive elimination of

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