European Court Grants Interim Measures in Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

In the last several weeks, as the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh reignited and intensified, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has granted two sets of interim measures. The Court called on Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and all States “directly or indirectly involved” to avoid committing or contributing to violations of civilians’ human rights. [ECtHR Press Release] Other international bodies have also

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Human Rights Bodies’ Sessions & Hearings: October 2020

In October 2020, various regional and United Nations bodies will convene – mostly virtually – to continue their oversight of States’ implementation of their human rights commitments. The bodies in session include the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, European Committee of Social Rights, the Inter-American human rights commission and court, the UN Human Rights Council, and four UN

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States Elect Nine Members to the UN Human Rights Committee

On September 17, 2020, the States parties to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) filled nine seats on the United Nations Human Rights Committee. [Centre for Civil and Political Rights] Nine electees will begin four-year terms on January 1, 2021, while one additional electee will immediately fill a vacancy in a term ending on December 31, 2020.

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ECtHR: Lack of Educational Support for Autistic Student Violated Rights

In a judgment released on September 10, 2020, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held that Italy had violated an autistic girl’s rights to non-discrimination and education when it failed to provide her the tailored learning assistance required by domestic law. [ECtHR Press Release] Italian authorities said they lacked the financial resources to pay for a support teacher. See

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IACHR Executive Secretary (center) during visit to Chile in November 2019.

IACHR’s Independence, Working Conditions Contested as OAS Blocks Executive Secretary’s Re-Appointment

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General are engaged in an unprecedented struggle that implicates the independence and autonomy of the Americas’ principal human rights body, and also exposes concerns over working conditions for its staff. OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro is refusing to approve the IACHR’s choice of Executive Secretary,

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Calendar of human rights bodies' sessions

Human Rights Bodies’ Sessions & Hearings: September 2020

In September, regional and United Nations bodies will convene – mostly virtually – to continue their oversight of States’ compliance with their human rights obligations. The bodies in session include the African human rights court, African child rights committee, European Committee of Social Rights, the Inter-American human rights commission and court, the UN Human Rights Council, and four UN treaty

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Inter-American Court Issues First Judgment on Sexual Violence in School

Earlier this month, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) published its first judgment to identify States’ obligations to prevent and redress sexual violence in schools. See I/A Court H.R., Guzmán Albarracín and Others v. Ecuador. Merits, Reparations and Costs. Judgment of 24 June 2020. Series C No. 405 (Spanish). The case concerned Paola del Rosario Guzmán Albarracín, who was

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AfCHPR Assesses Compliance, Withdrawal in Judgment on Côte d’Ivoire Electoral Commission

In a judgment issued on July 15, 2020, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR) again analyzed the independence and impartiality of Côte d’Ivoire’s election oversight body, in the context of an increasingly tense election year. The Court determined that it had competence to decide whether the State had complied with its 2016 judgment regarding the Independent Electoral

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Turkey, Poland Consider Leaving Istanbul Convention on Violence against Women

As violence against women spikes around the world, at least two States are considering limiting their international human rights commitments to prevent and protect against gender-based violence. Poland and Turkey are both reportedly studying the possibility of withdrawing from the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, commonly known as the Istanbul Convention.

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