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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The Week's News

Human Rights Conditions *       President Bachelet declares state of catastrophe following powerful earthquake in Chile. [Washington Post] *       Interim government organized following Niger coup. [BBC] *       Ceasefire signed in Sudan. [Guardian] *       Waterboarding defended by former speechwriter for President George W. Bush. [New York Times] *       Russia pushed for details on investigation of Chechen human rights defender’s murder in July

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