Latin America Calls for Free Movement of Persons in Global Compact on Migration
Source: Global Issues
September 04, 2017
Latin America and the Caribbean called for the free movement of persons to be included in the Global Compact on Migration, which will be negotiated within the United Nations in 2018, in the first meeting held by any of the world’s regions to decide on the position to be adopted on the future agreement.
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For Qatar the Gulf Crisis is a Human Rights Opportunity
Source:Human Rights Watch
August 2, 2017
The age-old adage that finds opportunity in every crisis is truer than ever in Qatar today. No doubt the Qatar government is under intense pressure from its once-brotherly neighbours, led by Saudi Arabia.
Yet it can take some immediate actions to alleviate the impact of the crisis on its citizens, as well as those who have sought shelter in the country from more repressive governments in the region; it can also take actions that may well deter its neighbors from violating the laws of war in its territory. These actions are not only the right things for Qatar to do; they are smart as well, with direct, practical import to the security and safety of its people.
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UN Committee urged Pakistan to protect freedom of expression and fight impunity
July 29, 2017
The UN Human Rights Committee has published its findings on the civil and political rights record in Pakistan following the review that took place on 11 and 12 July in Geneva. In its Concluding Observations, the UN body prompted the State to “ensure that imprisonment is never a punishment for defamation and that criminal laws are not improperly enforced [against] journalists and dissenting voices.” Leer el resto de esta entrada »
Ogiek: The African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights first decision on indigenous rights
May 28, 2017
This past Friday, 26 May 2017, the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights handed down its first judgement on the rights of indigenous peoples in the matter of African Commission of Human and Peoples’ Rights v The Republic of Kenya (the Ogiek case). The case concerns the Ogiek people, an indigenous community of about 20 000 people who live in the Mau Forest in the central Rift Valley in Kenya. In 2009, officials from the Kenyan Forest Service served an eviction notice on the community and other settlers requiring them to leave the forest within 30 days. The notice was issued on the grounds that the forest constitutes a reserve water catchment zone and that the land is state property. The Ogiek people argued that the decision to evict was taken without regard to the importance of the forest to the community and to their survival, and without any consultation with the community, in violation of the State’s obligations under the African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights.
Waiting for Bemba – The ICC and Transformative Reparations in Cases of Sexual Violence
Source: Int Law Grrls
May 5, 2017
Reparations in cases of sexual violence within international law discourse have been discussed a lot lately. Following the rich jurisprudence of the Inter American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) and recently published guidelines of the International Center of Transitional Justice (ICTJ) for court-ordered reparations in cases of sexual violence, eyes start to turn towards the ICC. In this decision from 21 March 2016 the ICC has convicted the Congolese Movement of Liberation of the Congo (MLC) leader Jean-Pierre Bemba for the crimes committed by his troops in the Central African Republic between 2002-2003. It was the first time that the Court acknowledged rape as war crime and crime against humanity. Leer el resto de esta entrada »
Putting Child Rights at the Heart of Climate Talks
Source: Human Rights Watch
May 10, 2017
“Whatever land my father had and the house he had went under the water in the river erosion and that’s why my parents decided to get me married,” said Sultana C., who was married at age 14. Bangladesh is among the countries most affected by climate change, and many families there, like Sultana’s, are pushed by natural disasters into deepening poverty – increasing the risk of child marriage.
Taking the ‘Union’ out of ‘EU’: The EU-Turkey Statement on the Syrian Refugee Crisis as an Agreement Between States under International Law
Source: Ejil Talk
April 20, 2017
Almost one year after its conclusion, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has eventually made clear the real nature of the ‘so-called’ EU-Turkey Statement.