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Yesterday marked two years since the historic sentence pronounced by the High-Risk Court against former head of State, Efraín Ríos Montt, for the genocide committed against the Ixil Maya people between 1982 and 1983. CEJIL urges the State of Guatemala to comply with its obligation to prosecute and punish all those responsible for such acts, and to remove the obstacles to justice.

The State of Chile and CEJIL- on behalf of the Estrella de Mar Radio broadcasters and listeners-, signed an agreement this afternoon to implement the recommendations issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in the March 2014 background report on the "Millar and others" case.

Human rights organizations express their deep concern in relation to the judgment against Gladys Lanza, human rights defender in Honduras and coordinator of Women's Movement for Peace Visitation Padilla. The judgment convicts Gladys of “libel constituting defamation” and sentences her to one year six months' imprisonment.

CEJIL finds the decision made by Mexico’s Supreme Court on April 14th of declaring constitutional the use of pre-charge detention (arraigo) unacceptable.

Pre-charge detention permits law enforcement to preventatively detain a suspect while agents gather sufficient evidence to bring formal charges. However, this policy contradicts several guarantees stipulated by the American Convention on Human Rights, including the presumption of innocence, due process and protection of freedom and personal safety. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) has stated that the protection of freedom seeks to "protect both the physical liberty of the individual and their personal safety, [since] the absence of these guarantees may result in the subversion of the rule of law and deprive those arrested of minimum legal protections."

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).