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Colombia has been found responsible for serious violations of human rights committed during the siege and capture of the Palace of  Justice – headquarters for Colombia’s Supreme Court and Council of State -, on November 6 and 7, 1985.

Due to the fact that the State has only managed to identify one of the disappeared victims, the Court required the State to conduct all actions necessary to locate the remains of the victims immediately.

Between December 2nd and 3rd 2014, CEJIL will participate in an event attended by members of civil society and government representatives in Brasilia, Brazil celebrating the culmination of the 30th anniversary of the Cartagena Declaration on Refugees.

At the meeting, it is expected that participating states and members of civil society will adopt a new action plan that will best address challenges faced in implementing programs that facilitate sustainable solutions and protect refugees, stateless and internally displaced persons over the next 10 years.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR ) began its visit to Honduras today. As the ultimate mechanism invested in the protection and promotion of human rights throughout the American continent, the visit demonstrates the IACHR’s particular interest and concern about the situation in the country.

Civil society organizations welcome the Commission and hope that follow up on the country’s situation will continue through the establishment of recommendations that will promote structural changes to improve the human rights situation for all Hondurans.

In strict compliance with its international obligations on human rights, we believe that the new state authorities should take the IACHR visit as an opportunity to build up democratic institutions sorely needed by the country.

CEJIL regrets the decision made by Guatemala's Constitutional Court validating the election of judges for the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals, despite a clear breach of domestic legislation and international standards conducted by both by the nominating committees and the Congress on these processes. This decision will affect the ability Guatemala's citizen's to access justice and determine the sutability of those imparting it.

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).