Weekly Developments in International Human Rights (4/1/11-4/11/11)

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2011 at 6:23 pm

UN Human Rights System

Charter-based mechanisms

  • JURIST: Israel calls UN to “retract Goldstone Report.”
  • UNNewsCentre:  UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances “voiced serious concern about the recent wave of enforced disappearances reported to have taken place in China.”
  • UNNewsCentre: UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances:”Impunity is still a major concern when it comes to tackling enforced disappearances in Mexico.”
  • AP: UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances: “100s of disappearances in Libya over past months point to crime against humanity.”
  • JURIST: OHCHR urges the Yemeni government “to halt use of force against protesters”.
  • Reuters: “a coalition of global advocacy groups” call upon the Human Rights Council to “urgently address” the violent repression in Yemen, Syria and Bahrain.
  • Reuters: UN three-member commission of inquiry to start probe in human rights abuses in Libya. AP: All sides will be investigated.

Treaty-based mechanisms


  • MALTAINDEPENDENT : “UN committee urges Malta to ‘introduce and vigorously support’ divorce legislation.”

Regional Systems


  • SurvivalInternational: Inter-American Commission “orders Brazil government to halt controversial dam”
  • Press Release: Commission concludes its 141st regular session.
  • FIDH: Commission “establishes an Office of the Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders.”


  • Press Release: Council of Europe Conference: “Is a global treaty needed to protect Internet freedom?”
  • AmnestyUK: Toumi v Italy:ECtHR rules that Italy violated the non-refoulment principle inherit in Article 3 of ECHR by deporting Tunisian man to Tunisia in 2009. Chamber Judgment
  • WorldBulletin: “ECtHR asks Turkey about failure to probe unsolved murders.”
  • Daily Mail: “Europe’s human rights chief attacks Britain on Prisoner votes for turning prisoners into ‘non-people’ over vote ban”

International Justice

  • Jurist:“ICC prosecutor urges probe into recent Ivory Coast violence.”
  • Jurist: “Kenya urges ICC to drop post-election violence cases. Jurist: ” Keny leaders appear before ICC to deny charges of ethnic killings.” And the most recent piece from Jurist.
  • Jurist: “ICC prosecutor claims to have evidence Gaddafi planned attacks on civilians.”
  • Amnesty: Kenya’s application before the International Criminal Court: A Promise is not enough to pre-empt the Court’s Jurisdiction

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