Derechos Humanos

Venezuela Wage and Hour Regime: Comply or get sanctioned

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The signatories to this petition intend to alert Venezuelan citizens and the international community at large about the seriousness of Venezuela’s withdrawal from the American Convention on Human Rights (“ACHR”). Said act of denunciation was presented by the Venezuelan State before the Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) on September 10, 2012. In accordance with the ACHR this denunciation will entry into force next September 10, one year after the prior notice period, pursuant to article 78 of the Convention.

The denunciation of this Human Rights treaty by the Venezuelan State represents a grave act that violates, de facto and de jure, the principles of progressivity, irreversibility and inalienability of human rights since the ACHR, designed to protect the individual, will not be applicable any longer to those persons under the jurisdiction of Venezuela, leaving victims defenseless in most cases. On the international law side, this withdrawal constitutes a step back concerning the obligation of Venezuela to respect and guarantee Human Rights in light of international standards as recognized by the ACHR. It is important to emphasize that this unfortunate action taken by the Venezuelan State has become a deep concern to many members of the international community who regretted the decision. Leer el resto de esta entrada »

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Anuncian próxima sesión ordinaria del Consejo de Derechos Humanos

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03 de septiembre, 2013 — Los derechos de los menores de padres condenados a muerte o ejecutados, la integración de género y las garantías básicas de los pueblos indígenas son puntos de la agenda que abordará la sesión ordinaria del Consejo de Derechos Humanos la ONU que se celebrará del 9 al 27 de septiembre.

Durante la jornada inaugural, la Alta Comisionada para los Derechos Humanos, Navi Pillay, actualizará a ese órgano sobre las actividades de su oficina y presentará su informe anual.

Asimismo, se espera la intervención de 19 expertos independientes y la exposición del más reciente informe elaborado por la Comisión de Investigación Independiente sobre Siria establecida por el Consejo.

La sesión ordinaria del Consejo de Derechos Humanos se celebrará en el Palacio de las Naciones en Ginebra.

Fuente: Centro de noticias ONU

 

Women’s Human Rights

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Anne Hellum, professor at the University of Oslo, and Henriette Sinding Aasen, professor at the University of Bergen have co-edited Women’s Human Rights: CEDAW in International, Regional and National Law (Cambridge 2013).

As an instrument that addresses the circumstances that affect women’s lives and enjoyment of rights in a diverse world, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women is slowly but surely making its mark on the development of international and national law. Using national case studies from South Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa, Australia, Canada and Northern Europe, the book examines the potential and actual added values of the CEDAW in comparison and interaction with other equality and anti-discrimination mechanisms. Leer el resto de esta entrada »

Human Rights and Planet Earth

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This particular exchange caught my eye in the latest issue of the Human Rights Quarterly, in Thomas Krapf’s ”The Last Witness to the Drafting Process of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Interview with Stéphane Frédéric Hessel.”

Krapf: Did the authors of the Declaration, as they were working on the text, have any awareness that they might be missing opportunities of obtaining agreement on important issues?

Hessel: To begin with, let’s say that at the time there was a problem which was not even taken up. This is the issue of man’s relating to the planet; the issue, which today, we call environmental problems. Today, these have become extremely important. At that time they were not taken into account. It was believed that the resources of the earth could be exploited indefinitely, that it would be possible to continue developing all forms of growth without running the risk of many failures. Today, we know that these failures are looming, and that they are already very close at hand. Possibly, it will not be possible to live on this earth. For additional commentary on environmental devastation from a human rights perspective, see Dr. Joel Filartiga’s eloquent remarks quoted in the IntLawGrrl post Dr. Filartiga, torture and the environment.

Source: INTLAWGRRLS

Alta Comisionada insta a mejorar métodos de medición de las Metas del Milenio

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05 de agosto, 2013 — La Alta Comisionada de la ONU para los Derechos Humanos destacó la importancia de revisar los métodos de medición del cumplimiento de los ocho Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio.

Navi Pillay explicó que su Oficina está evaluando los métodos de recolección e interpretación de datos y el diseño de nuevos métodos de análisis y seguimiento para la agenda post-2015. Pillay señaló que “sin información adecuada y sin métodos de medición apropiados, los compromisos post-2015 solo serán esperanzas piadosas”.

En ese sentido, recordó que muchos países no tienen la capacidad de mantener programas de recolección de datos realmente eficaces y que es necesario realizar un esfuerzo conjunto para ayudar a esos países a desarrollar servicios estadísticos nacionales. Por último, abogó por impulsar medidas cuantitativas que evalúen cuestiones relevantes para el cumplimiento de los Objetivos y para los derechos humanos, como el buen gobierno, el Estado de derecho, la construcción de la paz y la violencia.

Recientemente, la Procuraduría de Justicia de la Ciudad de México adoptó indicadores de derechos humanos elaborados por la Oficina de Derechos Humanos de la ONU para garantizar el derecho a un juicio justo y evitar la tortura.

Fuente: Centro de Noticias ONU

The Gender Justice Shadow of Complementarity: Lessons from the International Criminal Court’s preliminary examinations in Guinea and Colombia

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In early July 2013, Human Rights Watch reported that one of the alleged perpetrators of the 2009 Guinea stadium massacre, Lieutenant-Colonel Claude Pivi, has been charged with murder, rape and destruction of property. This was an important first step towards holding one of primary suspects of this atrocity to account. It was also a significant moment for the International Criminal Court (ICC), which in 2009 had commenced a preliminary examination –under the Rome Statute’s complementarity provisions – into this massacre, and the Guinean authorities efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators.

However, as we point out in a forthcoming article in the International Journal of Transitional Justice [forthcoming: Volume 7 (3)] the Guinean case also highlights the existence of a ‘gender justice shadow’ in relation to the ICC’s complementarity processes, especially in relation to the investigation and prosecution of crimes of sexual violence against women. Leer el resto de esta entrada »

The World’s Largest Minority

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Around 10% of the world’s population live with a disability. They are the world’s largest minority.

On 17 July 2013, the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) opened its 2013 session at the United Nations. The CRPD came into force in 2008 and provides an important legal platform for addressing the global short-comings towards ensuring the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in an inclusive society as well as ensuring their human rights. Pointing to the link between disability protection, poverty and development, this year’s focus is on empowerment. In two months the General Assembly will hold a high-level meeting on disability and development. Leer el resto de esta entrada »