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.
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.
Irregular Migrants and the Prohibition of Slavery, Servitude, Forced Labour & Human Trafficking under Article 4 of the ECHR
Source: Ejil Talk
April 26, 2017
On 30 March 2017, the ECtHR delivered the Chowdury and Others v. Greece judgment (currently available only in French), where the Court found a violation of Article 4(2) of the ECHR (the right not to be subjected to forced labour). Leer el resto de esta entrada »
Gender-Sensitive Reparations in the I.V. v. Bolivia Case: A Missed Opportunity?
Source: Int Law Grrls
March 24, 2017
The human rights and feminist lawyers were hopeful. Finally a decision on forced sterilization from the Inter-American Court. Deprived of the remedial austerity of its Strasbourg equivalent, and with a harder legal force than the CEDAW Committee, this judgment was bound to be important. The I.V. v. Bolivia landmark decision on the forced sterilization of a refugee woman in Bolivia was delivered during the late days of 2016.
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In Buenos Aires, Right to Information Helps Renters Get a Foot in the Door
Source: Open Society Fundation
March 8, 2017
With Argentina’s economic volatility and high inflation, it’s hard enough for people to afford their monthly rent. And while shady practices of real estate agents have made matters worse, a key transparency law is helping to turn the tide. Leer el resto de esta entrada »