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Honduras agreed to comply with the recommendations made by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) as a result of human rights violations committed against environmentalist Carlos Mejia Escaleras and his family. The agreement to comply with the recommendations was signed yesterday before members of the Escaleras family and representatives of the victim, including lawyers from the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) and the Reflection, Research and Communication Team of Honduras (ERIC-SJ as it is known in Spanish).

CEJIL supports the investigative and institutional capacity-building work carried out by the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), led by lawyer Iván Velásquez.

Since its inception in 2007, the CICIG has played a vital role fighting the climate of impunity in Guatemala.Working in tandem with the Public Prosecutor’s office to investigate and denounce criminal activity, the organization’s role has made it a unique international entity ensuring the defense and strengthening of democracy.

The victims of Guatemala’s internal armed conflict, Guatemalan society in general, and the international community all await with great expectation the reopening of the second trial for the genocide of the Maya Ixil People, scheduled for July 23, 2015. The process has been suspended for more than two years following a ruling from the Constitutional Court (CC) which alleged procedural errors in the first trial, in which the former head of State, José Efraín Ríos Montt, was sentenced to 80 years in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (Inter-American Court) declared Peru responsible for the extrajudicial execution of a member of the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA), as a result of the military operation Chavín de Huántar in 1997, and determined the  State did not conduct a thorough investigation of the incident.

The Inter-American Court published the verdict yesterday which established Peru’s international responsibility for the death of Eduardo Nicolás Cruz Sánchez alias “Tito”, which occurred once he had surrendered—making him a person protected under international law.

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).