International Human Rights Law: Weekly Roundup (5/1/11-5/8/11)

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2011 at 1:05 am

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UN Human Rights System

Charter-based mechanisms

  • UNNewsCentre: “Uganda: UN rights chief deplores ‘excessive’ use of force by authorities”.
  • HRW: “UN Security Council: Support ICC Probe on Libya”
  • UNNewsCentre: “UN expert warns of impact of prolonged Israeli occupation on Palestinian children.” Press Release
  • UNNewsCentre: Kyrgyzstan:”UN rights chief urges follow-up action on report on ethnic violence.”
  • UNNewsCentre:Syria: “Ban calls for probe into killings and end to violent repression of protests.”Amnesty: Accountability For Victims Of Human Rights Abuses In Syria. HRWUN: Reject Syria’s Human Rights Council Candidacy.
  • UNNewsCentre: “UN human rights chief voices deep concern about Bahrain crackdown.”
  • UNOG: “Seven human rights experts dealing with the freedom of peaceful assembly and association; discrimination against women in law and practice; and the particular situation of people of African descent began work this week on the mandates handed to them by the Human Rights Council.”
  • UNNewsCentre: “Independent UN human rights experts seek facts on Bin Laden killing” Jurist: “UN special rapporteurs on executions want full statement of facts on Bing Laden killing.”
  • UNOG: “UN expert on contemporary forms of slaver in first visit to Peru”
  • UNNewsCentre: “Côte d’Ivoire: UN human rights team heads to alleged mass grave site”
  • Universal Periodic Review:
  • PressRelease: “Eleventh session of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review to be held from 2 to 13 May 2011″
  • Countries to be considered: Belgium, Denmark, Palau, Somalia, Seychelles, Soloman Islands, Latvia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Suriname, Greece, Samoa, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Hungary, Papua New Guinea. Documentation for each country can be found here. Webcast is available here.
  • ISHR: Thorough UPR coverage.
  • ALLAfrica: Somalia: “Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which is the human rights monitoring mechanism of the United Nations, is today, 3 May, reviewing Somalia.”
  • PressRelease: AHRC: NEPAL: Nepal urged to accept and implement UPR recommendations and end impunity
  • Press Release: Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development: UN’s Human Rights Review of Singapore. HRW: Singapore: UN Rights Body Should Press for Fundamental Freedoms.

Treaty-based mechanisms


  • ISHR: “Human Rights Committee advance draft General Comment on freedom of expression”


  • UNOG: “Committee against Torture to hold forty-sixth session in Geneva from 9 May to 3 June 2011. Experts to Consider Reports of Finland, Ghana, Ireland, Kuwait, Mauritius, Monaco, Slovenia and Turkmenistan.”


  • UNOG: “The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights this morning opened its forty-sixth session this morning at the Palais Wilson in Geneva, hearing an address by Ibrahim Salama, Director of the Human Rights Treaties Division of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Two new members of the Committee also took the solemn oath and the Committee elected a new bureau and adopted its agenda and programme of work.”
  • UNOG: “The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights this afternoon held a discussion with non-governmental organizations on the implementation of the Covenant in four of the five countries under review during this session, namely Turkey, Republic of Moldova, Germany and the Russian Federation.”
  • UNOG: “The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has considered the second periodic report of the Republic of Moldova on that country’s implementation of the provisions of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.”
  • UNOG: “The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has considered the initial report of Turkey on that country’s implementation of the provisions of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.”

Regional Systems


  • MercoPress: “Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff decided to cut all relations with the Inter American Human Rights Court following on the CIDH decision to request that the construction of a huge dam in the Amazon be suspended, following an appeal from indigenous groups.” Commentary: IntLawGrrls: “Brazil / Inter-American Commission standoff”
  • IACHR PressRelease: “IACHR concludes working visit to Argentina.”  
  • FemiPeters: “Economic growth alone cannot sustain peace” says Isatou Graham at 49th Ordinary ACHPR Session.
  • Today: “Stakeholders attending the NGO Forum of the Africa Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) 49th Ordinary Session have pointed out the need for the implementation of the various resolutions agreed to, noting that only by doing so could the effective protection and fulfillment of people’s rights be achieved on the continent.”
  • AllAfrica: “AU Commissioner Calls for Collective Human Rights Promotion.”
  • FIDH: “Contribution of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) within the framework of their joint programme, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, under the agenda item: “Situation of Human Rights Defenders”
  • ISHR: “An update on the NGO Forum”
  • NYULaw: “CHRGJ examines accountability for rendition and secret detention through litigation in Africa.”
  • HRW:ASEAN: Reject Burma as Regional Group’s Chair

International Justice

  • RadioNetherlands:International justice – a ‘handy political tool’
  • AP Interview: “International court prosecutor has ‘strong evidence’ of crimes in Libya.” More from Reuters. FP:TurtleBay: “International prosecutor cites credible evidence of Libyan war crimes.” Guardian: “Libyan leaders may face UN arrest warrants for war crimes.” More from HagueJusticePortal
  • ICC PressRelease: “The Office of the Prosecutor will request an arrest warrant against three individuals in the first Libya case. Judges will decide.” First Report of the ICC Prosecutor to UNSC. Statement to the UNSC. More from Jurist
  • FIDH: UNSC members must pledge to implement arrest warrants.
  • AP: “The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Monday that he plans to ask judges “very soon” to open an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes in Ivory Coast following last November’s presidential election.”
  • AllAfrica: “More patience is needed from former displaced persons in northern Uganda over the delayed arrest and prosecution of the top five Lord’s Resistance Army leaders indicted over war crimes, the International Criminal Court (ICC) urged yesterday.”
  • TheStandard: “Ocampo loses bid to appeal over evidence disclosure”
  • CapitalNews: “The International Criminal Court (ICC) has given the government of Kenya 10 days to respond to issues raised by Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo in opposing the government’s suit on the admissibility of the case against six Kenyans.”
  • TheStandard: “ICC rejects Muthaura’s bid to gag Ocampo”
  • AllAfrica: “Rwanda will issue summons to the controversial American lawyer, Peter Erlinder, to face charges related to Genocide denial and revisionism, when the appropriate time comes.”
  • HRW: “Gotovina Ruling Reaction Shows Croatia Has Yet to Come to Terms with the Past.”
  • Jurist: ICTY allows Seselj war crimes trial to continue
  • Commentary: IntLawGrrls: “Assessing the Impact of the International Criminal Court.”

Universal Jurisdiction

…..And International Humanitarian Law

  • Click here: latest roundup on the killing of OBL under International law.



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