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The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) has declared that the Peruvian government is responsible for the disappearance and subsequent murder of 15 people – half of them children – from the rural Andean Quechua-speaking community of Santa Bárbara, Huancavelica, by members of the army.

Despite the absence of the State of Honduras, local and international human rights organizations denounced high levels of corruption and the lack of judicial independence currently assailing the country.

In an unprecedented move, the State of Honduras did not participate in two hearings convened by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), despite the pressing subject matter discussed and civil society's willingness to engage in dialogue with the State. It is important to not that, not even at the time of the coup d'état in 2009, did representatives ignore a call from the Commission.

This morning, Mijael Carbone Queipul, representative of the Mapuche people of the community of Temucuicui, gave his testimony before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the attacks carried out by Chilean security forces.

The Territorial Mapuche Alliance (ATM), the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) and the Foundation for the support of children and their rights (ANIDE), presented to the Commissioners and representatives of Chile visual evidence of violent acts against Mapuche children and adolescents, corresponding to police actions in recent years in the country.

Human rights organizations reported on the grave human rights situation in Venezuela this morning, highlighting extrajudicial executions, high levels of violence against women and defenders of human rights, as well as impunity and the situation on the border with Colombia.

The Center for Justice and International Lawl (CEJIL); the Comité de Familiares de Víctimas de los Sucesos de Febrero-Marzo de 1989 (COFAVIC); Vicaría  de Derechos Humanos de la Arquidiócesis de Caracas, Amnesty International, and the World Organization Against Torture presented their observations to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Venezuelan State on the current situation of rights violations in the country.

Observation Mission on Human Rights in Paraguay

Between the November 11 and 14, CEJIL participated in an International Observation Mission on the Human Rights Situation in Paraguay. The Mission, formed by 43 representatives of diverse national and international social and human rights organizations, visited peasant and indigenous communities in four Paraguayan departments. The objective of the Mission was to reveal the human rights situation.

More information available here (in Spanish).