D.C. District Court Dismisses as Moot 105 Habeas Petitions of Transferred Guantanamo Detainees

On April 1st, in its consideration of 105 habeas petitions presented by non-U.S. citizens formerly held at Guantanamo, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colombia held that such petitions become moot when the individuals have been transferred to foreign countries. The petitioners had filed their habeas petitions while still detained at Guantanamo and, following their release or transfer

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New Human Rights Watch Publications on DRC Massacre and Vigilante Justice in Burundi

This week, Human Rights Watch published two new reports documenting abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Burundi.  The first, Trail of Death, reports the findings of HRW’s fact-finding mission to the Makombo area, in the aftermath of a December 2009 massacre committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army.  The second, Mob Justice in Burundi, documents official complicity

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International Criminal Court Gains 111th State Party; Launches Investigation in Kenya and YouTube Channel

On March 23, 2010, Bangladesh became the 111th country to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The Statute will enter into force in Bangladesh on June 1. [Amnesty International; ICC] On March 31, the ICC announced the Pre-Trial Chamber II’s decision to grant Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo’s request to open an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity committed

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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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