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International Human Rights Law: Weekly Roundup (5/9/11-5/15/11)

In Uncategorized on May 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm

UN Human Rights System

Charter-based mechanisms

  • UNNewsCentre:UN human rights official lauds ratification milestone for disability pact.”
  • UNOG: “UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON TORTURE LAUNCHES FIRST MISSION TO TUNISIA UNDER TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT.”
  • UNOG: “HUMAN RIGHTS: UN INDEPENDENT EXPERT TO CARRY OUT SECOND VISIT TO BURUNDI.”
  • UNOG: “BULGARIA: UN EXPERT LAUNCHES MISSION ON THE INDEPENDENCE OF JUDGES AND LAWYERS.”
  • UNNewsCentre: “UN human rights staff discover mass graves in Ivorian city.”
  • UNNewsCentre: “Sexual exploitation of children on the rise in Mauritius, UN rights expert warns”
  • Jurist: UN officials concerned over Middle East rights violations
  • Expatica: UN rights chief steps up pressure over Syria toll
  • AP: “Diplomats say Kuwait to replace Syria as candidate for seat on UN Human Rights Council.” VOA: “Syria Drops Bid for Seat on UN Human Rights Council.” More from UNWatch and HRW.
  • AP: UN humanitarian chief concerned at violence against civilians in Bahrain, Yemen, Syria
  • UPR: 
  • More Coverage this week on UPR at ISHR
  • CopenhagenPost: Human rights record under the UN’s microscope.

Treaty-based mechanisms

CRPD

  • UNNewsCentre: “UN human rights official lauds ratification milestone for disability pact”

UNCAT

  • UNOG: “COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE HEARS RESPONSE OF KUWAIT”
  • UNOG: “COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE DISCUSSES WAYS TO ENHANCE COOPERATION WITH NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS”
  • UNOG: “COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE HEARS RESPONSE OF SLOVENIA.”
  • UNOG: “COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE MEETS WITH SUBCOMMITTEE ON PREVENTION OF TORTURE.”
  • UNOG: “COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE BEGINS EXAMINATION OF REPORT OF SLOVENIA.”

ICESCR

UN Migrant Workers Convention
  • UNOG: “UN COMMITTEE ALARMED BY DISASTROUS CONSEQUENCES OF LIBYAN ARMED CONFLICT FOR MIGRANT WORKERS’ RIGHTS”

Regional Systems

 Inter-American

  • IACHR: “The Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns the murder of journalist Héctor Francisco Medina Polanco, manager and news anchor of the Omega Visión station in Honduras, who was shot on the night of May 10 in Morazán, in the department of Yoro.”
  • IACHR: “The Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Women of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) carried out a visit to Colombia May 2-4, 2011, to promote compliance with precautionary measures the IACHR has granted to women’s organizations.”
  • IACHR: “The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns the murder in Mexico of Quetzalcóatl Leija Herrera, who was president of the Center for Studies and Projects for Integral Human Development (CEPRODEHI) and worked to defend and promote the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex persons (LGBTI) in the city of Chilpancingo, Guerrero.”
  • SurvivalInternational: “Hundreds of Brazilian Indians set up protest camp in capital”
  • AP: A Native American group appealed Friday to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for help in stopping a planned uranium leach mining operation on lands bordered by the sprawling Navajo reservation.
  • Canada: A group of First Nations on Vancouver Island want the Inter American Commission on Human Rights to file an injunction against plans by TimberWest Forest Corp. to sell 113,000 hecatres of land in their traditional territories.
 European
Council of Europe
  • Press Release: “Living together”: Council of Europe Eminent Persons’ report
  • Press Release: “The new Council of Europe convention to prevent and combat violence against women opened for signature in Istanbul.”
  • CPT: ” Council of Europe anti-torture Committee returns to the North Caucasian region of the Russian Federation.”
  • PressRelease: “Council of Europe’s Venice Commission visits Hungary to prepare an opinion on the new constitution”

ECtHR cases

  • Focus: “ECHR gives Bulgaria deadline to solve systematic problem in judicial system.” ECtHR: “The Court also delivered its first pilot judgments concerning Bulgaria. The State has been given a time limit in which to introduce suitable legal mechanisms to solve a systemic problem in its justice system – the absence of effective legal remedies for excessive length of civil, administrative and criminal proceedings. Press Release
  • Guardian: “European court of human rights judgment on Max Mosley: conclusion.” ECtHR PR: “In the case Mosley v. United Kingdom, the Court found no violation of the Convention. The case concerned a complaint that the United Kingdom failed to impose a legal duty on newspapers to notify the subjects of intended publications in advance to give them an opportunity to prevent such publications.”
  • OtherRecentJudgements: ECtHR: “The Court delivered two judgments on Thursday 12 May 2011 (Press release), and 18 judgments on Tuesday 10 May 2011 (Press release), in particular the cases of Gladovic v. Croatia and Popandopulo v. Russia.”
  • OpenSocietyBlog: “Europe Must Intervene in Guantánamo Capital Case: Q&A with Amrit Singh.” OpenSocietyJusticeInitiative Press Release: “Lawsuit Calls on European Court to Intervene in Guantánamo Death Penalty Case”  The ECtHR application & Rule 39 Request can be found here. More from Jurist.
 African
  • AfriqueEnLigne: “Gambia: 49th ordinary session of African rights oranisation ends.”
  • MISA: “Misa Statement to African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights.”
  • IFJ: “The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ), the African Regional Organisation of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), welcomes the historic move of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) to adopt a landmark resolution on the safety of journalists and media practitioners in Africa.”
  • Foroyaa: “Press Release: Amnesty International Expresses Concern Over Rights Situation in the Continent.”

International Justice

  • WSJ: “Harvard professor Sarah Sewall has pushed the Pentagon to have a plan on the shelf for responding to mass atrocities, ethnic cleansing and genocide. Now, with Libya as a backdrop, her efforts are beginning to bear fruit.”

ICC

ICTY

  • emg.rs: “Tadic: Serbia will do everything to complete its cooperation with ICTY”. emg.rs: “Brammertz to meet Tadic and Dacic today.”
  • M&C: “Serbia can and must do more, UN war crimes prosecutor warns.” BalkainInsight: Key to Mladic Arrest Is in Serbia, ICTY Prosecutor Says
ICTR
  • TheCitizen: “ICTR sets new date for proceedings in case of genocide fugitive.”
  • ConcordTimes: “International Prosecutors Meet in Freetown”
  • RNW: “The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has waived protective measures enjoyed by one of its anonymous witnesses to help the Denmark’s Special International Crimes Office to investigate and eventually prosecute genocide-suspect Emmanuel Mbarushimana.”
  • AFP: “Sierra Leone ‘anxiously’ awaits Taylor verdict: official.”
Bangladesh ICT
  • BDNews24: “The law minister has dismissed the allegation of holding war crimes trial on ‘political consideration.”
  • The Independent: “ICT not following international standards for trial: Toby Cadman”
  • TheDailyStar: “War crimes witnesses to get safety: Qamrul”
ECCC
  • AustralianNewsNetwork: “Cambodian war crimes court divided over third case.”
  • RNW: “The international co-prosecutor at Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia on Monday called for the unnamed suspects in a politically sensitive new Khmer Rouge case to face questioning.”
STL
  • RNW: “In the coming months, the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) expects to begin arresting and putting on trial those responsible for the assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.”
Truth & Reconciliation

Universal Jurisdiction

  • UK:”The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) today publishes its reporton the Police Reform and Social Responsibility (PRSC) Bill.” Engage: “JCHR report criticises Government efforts to change universal jurisdiction law.”
  • DemocracyNow: Interview with Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón
  • M&C: “Finnish court plans hearings in Rwanda over genocide appeal.”
  • News24: Germany: “Witness testifies in genocide trial”

International Humanitarian Law

Legal Commentary/Reports/Papers

  • ICJ: The Practitioners Guide on Migration and International Human Rights Law
  • SSRN: Rule Selection in the Case of Israel’s Naval Blockade of Gaza: Law of Naval Warfare or Law of the Sea? James Kraska
  • ChineseJournalofInternationalLaw: The Isayeva Cases of the European Court of Human Rights: The Application of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law in Non-International Armed Conflicts. Eriko Tamura
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