International Human Rights Law: Weekly Roundup (4/17/11-4/24/11)

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2011 at 7:53 pm

UN Human Rights System

Charter-based mechanisms

  • Jurist: “UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression Frank LaRue on Tuesday called on Algeria  to “guarantee the right to freedom of opinion and expression” including decriminalizing defamation.” More from UNNewsCentre. The actual Statement is available here,
  • UNNewsCentre: “The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the reported repeated use of cluster munitions and heavy weaponry by Libyan Government forces against civilians in Misrata, warning that such acts could constitute international crimes.”
  • Reuters: “Q&A:The UN Report on the end of Sri Lanka’s war.”
  • UNNewsCentre: “A senior United Nations official today called for an investigation into the deaths of two media professionals in Bahrain who died earlier this month while held in detention.”
  • MEMRI: “Nineteen Arab human rights organizations have expressed their bitterness over the Arab League member countries’ decision to support Syria’s joining the UN Human Rights Council, and have begun working amongst the council’s member states to prevent the move.” AP: US official: US opposes Syria for UN rights body. AMNESTY: “Call for United Nations Human Rights Council Special Session on the Human Rights Situation in the Syrian Arab Republic: Joint NGO letter.” Commentary: UNDispatch
  • UNNewsCentre: “An independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced concern about the increasing rate of violent evictions taking place in Argentina and called for a comprehensive strategy to tackle the country’s housing crisis.”
  • AP/MiamiHerald: “Several members of the U.N.’s top human rights body are pressing for an emergency meeting to examine the government crackdowns against popular protests that have swept the Middle East and North Africa.”
  • UNNewsCentre: “A senior United Nations human rights official today urged Nepal to quickly enact the draft laws that will establish a commission to probe enforced disappearances in the Asian country and create a mechanism to seek the truth about conflict-related abuses and facilitate national reconciliation.”
  • UNDESCA: “The First Session of the Open-ended Working Group on strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons will be convened from 18 to 21 April 2011 in Conference Room 1 at the United Nations North Lawn Building (NLB) in New York.”
  • UNNewsCentre: ‘The United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) has condemned the use of sailors as human shields after Somali pirates continued to detain seven crew members of a recently released ship even though a ransom had been reportedly paid.”

Treaty-based mechanisms


  • UNNewCentre: “UNICEF urges better protection of children in Middle East and North Africa”

Regional Systems


  • ELUniversalRapporteur Paulo S. Pinheiro: “The IACHR has not a particular fixation on Venezuela” 
  • Miami Law Clinic: “The Human Rights and Immigration Clinics at Miami Law recently appeared before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C. to make their case against resuming U.S. deportations to Haiti.”
  • GW Law International Human Rights Clinic:  Vélez Restrepo and Family v. Colombia: “The George Washington University Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic (IHR Clinic) will litigate its first case before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (Court) later this year in a case that aims to bring justice to a reporter who was found to have been abused and forced into exile by the government of Colombia in 1996”
  • PressRelease: “The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns the murder of 145 people whose bodies have been found in recent days in clandestine graves in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.”
  • CoE: Press Release: “The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has today issued its fourth annual report on the supervision of the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.” CommentaryECHR Blog.  RomaniaMinistryOfForeignAffairs: “Romania ranks first in point of the total number of cases closed last year.”
  • CoE:Press Release: “Ten years after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Council of Europe will host a special meeting of the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee, bringing together international, regional and subregional organisations,19-21 April in Strasbourg (France). Aimed at speeding up international efforts to fight terrorism, the three-day meeting will focus on prevention policies, comprehensive and integrated strategies, and the role of  law enforcement and the criminal justice system in preventing terrorism.” More Info, Press Release: “PACE’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights has called on participants at a special meeting of the UN Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee which opens in Strasbourg today to fight terrorism “in a manner which fully respects human rights and the rule of law”
  • PACE’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights has issued a statistical report on “States with major Structural/systemic problems before the European Court of Human Rights.” Commentary: ECHR Blog 
  • CoE: PressRelease: Council of Europe conference in Izmir on the future of the European Court of Human Rights.
  • ComputerWeekly: “The Council of Europe has proposed international rules to govern the internet and insisted human rights must be at the fore.”
  • PressRelease:Matayeva and Dadayeva v. Russia: “Chechen man, called for questioning, disappeared inside secure government compound.”
  • PressRelease: Nechiporuk and Yonkalo v. Ukraine: ‘The case concerned in particular the first applicant’s allegation that he was tortured during his police custody in order to make him confess to a murder, that his detention was unlawful and that the criminal proceedings against him were not fair.”
  • PressRelease: Kasabova v. Bulgaria, Bozhkov v. Bulgaria: “The cases concerned the complaints of two journalists that they were found guilty of defamation…concerning irregularities in the admission procedure to specialized secondary schools. “
  • ReliefWeb: “Periodic Report By The Government of Uganda To The African Commission On Human and People’s Rights. “

 International Justice

  • Jurist: “ICC prosecutor to investigate Nigeria post-election violence.”
  • Jurist: Kenya leaders ask for evidence from ICC prosecutor. HagueJusticePortal: “Luis Moreno-Ocampo ordered to reveal all evidence, despite his request for disclosure to be delayed until a decision is rendered on Kenya’s admissibility challenge.” SundayNation: “A glimpse of how the cases against the six post-election violence suspects will be handled emerged on Monday during a session to decide how the prosecutor will share evidence with the defence.” KBCNews: “International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo Thursday suffered yet another setback after he lost his bid to have new conditions imposed on the six post-election violence suspects.” More from The Standard.
  • AFP/Ahram: “Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil El-Arabi said on Tuesday that his country is to join the International Criminal Court, as Egypt strives in the wake of its revolution to become a “legally constituted state.”

Universal Jurisdiction

  • Jurist:Ex-Rwanda prosecutor arrested in Belgium on genocide charges.” 

…..And International Humanitarian Law

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