Empowering human rights defenders

CEJIL is accepting applications for its Virtual Course on Human Rigths and the Inter-American System

CEJIL is accepting applications from human rights defenders in Central America and Mexico to participate in its virtual course on, “the Inter-American System’s effective and efficient use of protection mechanisms,” which will take place in Spanish from June 16 to September 12, 2014.

The course looks to strengthen human rights organizations’ internal capacities, deepening the knowledge and debate on the Inter-American System’s tools.

For more details on the course and application process click here

Fri, 03/14/2014

CEJIL launches publication on the reforms to the IACHR Rules of Procedure

In the context of the 149th Period of Ordinary Sessions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights,

the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) is delighted to invite you to the presentation of the publication:

"Notes on the Reforms of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Rules of Procedure: Changes resulting from the Process of Reflection, 2011-2013"

Thursday, October 31, 2013, 6:00pm
Mon, 10/28/2013

In the context of the 149th Period of Ordinary Sessions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights,


the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) is delighted to invite you to the presentation of the publication:

"Notes on the Reforms of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Rules of Procedure: Changes resulting from the Process of Reflection, 2011-2013"

Opening Speech: José de Jesús Orozco, President of the IACHR

Presentation: Viviana Krsticevic, Executive Director of CEJIL

Closing Speech: Emilio Álvarez Icaza, Executive Secretary of the IACHR

The presentation will be followed by a toast.

Thursday, October 31, at 6:00pm

Padilha Vidal Room, IACHR, 1889 F Street, NW, Washington


Available in PDF format here (in Spanish)


Invitación al lanzamiento del libro de CEJIL

CEJIL will denounce the violations of the human rights of groups in vulnerable situations in the Americas

Eight thematic hearings before the IACHR will permit discussion on the situation of detained persons, women, human rights defenders, Trans persons, and others.

Washington D.C., Sunday, October 27, 2013 – As of Monday, October 28, 2013, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) will participate in eight different thematic hearings before the Inter American Commission on Human Rights, in conjunction with numerous human rights organizations from across the American Continent.

With regards to the objectives of these hearings, CEJIL’s Executive Director Viviana Krsticevic stated that “their purpose is to make visible the vulnerable situation in which various populations are found, amongst them women, detained persons in Guantanamo, refugees, trans persons, and human rights defenders, with the aim of drawing the attention of American States to these issues so that they take swift actions that guarantee the rights of these people and groups.”

 

Sun, 10/27/2013

Washington D.C., Sunday, October 27, 2013 – As of Monday, October 28, 2013, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) will participate in eight different thematic hearings before the Inter American Commission on Human Rights, in conjunction with numerous human rights organizations from across the American Continent.

With regards to the objectives of these hearings, CEJIL’s Executive Director Viviana Krsticevic stated that “their purpose is to make visible the vulnerable situation in which various populations are found, amongst them women, detained persons in Guantanamo, refugees, trans persons, and human rights defenders, with the aim of drawing the attention of American States to these issues so that they take swift actions that guarantee the rights of these people and groups.”

These thematic hearings form part of the 149th Period of Ordinary Sessions of the Commission.

The following issues are amongst those which will be addressed:

 

 

  • Human Rights Situation of Detainees at Guantánamo Naval Base, United States (Monday, October 28, 9:00 – 10:00 EST).
  • Human Rights of Migrants and Legislative Reforms in the United States (Monday, October 28, 2:00 – 3:00 EST).
  • Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Guatemala (Monday, October 28, 11:30-12:20 EST).
  • Implementation of Precautionary Measures in Honduras (Monday, October 28, 17:45-18:45 EST).
  • Reports of Violence against Trans People in El Salvador (Tuesday, October 29, 9:00-10:00 EST)
  • Situation of Violence against Women in the Americas (Tuesday, October 29, 15:15-16:15 EST)
  • Reports of Excessive Use of Force by the Police in Nicaragua (Tuesday, October 29, 17:45-18:46 EST)
  • Human Rights Situation of Refugees in the Americas (Thursday, October 31, 15:15-16:15)

 

 

Summaries of Jurisprudence: Gender-based Violence. 2nd Edition Updated

CEJIL presents a new title to its collection of Summaries of Jurisprudence, this time dedicated to Gender Violence.

This publication includes a selection of texts of decisions from international human rights organs related to the protection of women victims of violence. The compilation provides a solid body of jurisprudence that allows one to obtain a broad panorama of the reality of women in a variety of contexts, revealing the indisputable relevance of gender violence in the world, even further than the advances in regulation material.

We hope that this will be a useful tool that contributes to the defense of human rights and the eradication of one of the most tolerated and silenced human rights violations as such is the violence exercised against women.


Type of publication:Compilation of jurisprudence
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Year: 2011
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Summaries of Jurisprudence: Health and Reproductive Rights

CEJIL is delighted to present a new book to its collection of Tools for the Protection of Human Rights: Summaries of Jurisprudence, this time dedicated to Health and Reproductive Rights.

The human rights protection bodies recognize the access to medical care, including reproductive health, as a basic right. Nonetheless, the decisions included in this volume illustrate some of the grave deficiencies in the effective enjoyment of these rights, directly affecting women’s right to choose regarding maternity, accessing health information, or to be respected in their autonomy and privacy, among others.

These pages compile decisions and judgments that constitute more relevant jurisprudence in relation to health and reproductive rights. We hope that this book will be a useful tool that contributes to the defense of those rights.


Type of publication:Compilation of jurisprudence
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Year: 2012
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International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia

Thu, 05/17/2012 (All day)
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World Press Freedom Day

Thu, 05/03/2012 (All day)
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Colombian Human Rights Defenders Continue to Endure Threats, Attacks, Harassment and Illegal Surveillance under Santos Government

On May 10, U.S. citizen Kimberly Ann Stanton, wife of human rights lawyer Rafael Barrios of the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective (CCAJAR), and former Washington Office on Latin America deputy director received in her cell phone voice mail a recording of a private conversation that she had had with Rafael Barrios a few days previously, while they were in the car provided for Mr. Barrios’ protection by the Colombian government’s protection program. The voice mail was preceded by numerous calls to her cell phone from a cell phone in Turbo, Antioquia.  Upon receiving the complaint, the Attorney General’s office examined the car and found a microphone in it.

 

Mon, 05/23/2011

Despite welcome promises on human rights improvements by the Santos Administration that took office in August 2010, Colombia’s human rights defenders continue to endure threats, attacks, break-ins of their homes and offices, and illegal surveillance. Two recent incidents involving leading human rights defenders illustrate how dangerous the situation has become.

On May 10, U.S. citizen Kimberly Ann Stanton, wife of human rights lawyer Rafael Barrios of the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective (CCAJAR), and former Washington Office on Latin America deputy director received in her cell phone voice mail a recording of a private conversation that she had had with Rafael Barrios a few days previously, while they were in the car provided for Mr. Barrios’ protection by the Colombian government’s protection program. The voice mail was preceded by numerous calls to her cell phone from a cell phone in Turbo, Antioquia.  Upon receiving the complaint, the Attorney General’s office examined the car and found a microphone in it.

On April 7, CCAJAR had returned some of the protection measures provided by the government, those administered by the intelligence agency DAS, because “we have learned that the protection program for CCAJAR was being used against us,” according to Mr. Barrios.   However, CCAJAR had kept the protection scheme provided for by the Ministry of Justice, including the car that Mr. Barrios was using for his protection, in which the microphone was subsequently found.

This event takes place in a very tense context due to the current work that CCAJAR is undertaking. On one hand, CCAJAR’s attorneys are representing victims before national courts in the case against DAS agents for illegal surveillance on civilians, including journalists, human rights defenders, and opposition leaders. On the other hand, CCAJAR also represents victims of human rights violations committed by high- ranking military officials. In this regard, just a few weeks ago, a sentence was issued convicting General Arias Cabrales to 35 years in prison for the forced disappearance of 11 people, all represented by CCAJAR, in the Palace of Justice case.

This same week the Bogotá home of prominent human right defender, Danilo Rueda, of the Inter-Church Commission of Justice and Peace (CIJP) was broken into, computer tampered with and two USBs stolen. The USBs contained sensitive information relating to the Operation Genesis case, a joint military and paramilitary operation carried out in the Chocó in 1996-7 whose Afro-descendant victims are represented by CIJP in a legal suit against retired General Rito Alejo del Rio.

Mr. Rueda and other CIJP staff are victims of the DAS illegal surveillance intelligence case. The break in is the latest of a series of troubling security incidents.

In April, CIJP staff was riding in Bogotá in armored cars provided by the government’s protection program when they were followed suspicious individuals. The trailing car proceeded to follow Mr. Rueda to his home. The car containing four men stopped in front of Mr. Rueda’s apartment, and one of the men rang his bell. When no one responded they left. On April 1, Gisela Cañas, a lawyer with CIJP, received a text message with the following death threat: “Listen Gisela bloody bitch…we know where you are and we will kill you for defending foolish things, we give you 48 hours to leave the country.”

Justice and Peace, a religious organization, provides legal and physical accompaniment to Afro-Colombian, indigenous and campesino and displaced communities and victims in various conflictive regions of Colombia including the Chocó, Valle del Cauca, Cauca, Sucre and Putumayo. The break-in at Mr. Rueda’s home and a recent break in at Justice and Peace’s Curvaradó office are indicative that Mr. Rueda and staff are at very high risk of harm.

We join these human rights defenders and their organizations in calling on the Colombian government to: promptly investigate and prosecute these threats, break-ins, and illegal surveillance; improve protection measures as requested by the groups affected; and put an end, for once and for all, to all illegal surveillance. The Santos Administration must not only embrace the language of human rights, but also take effective action to guarantee the legitimate work of human rights defenders, essential for freedom of expression and a thriving democratic society. We join U.S. policymakers in welcoming the improved tone that Mr. Santos has brought to human rights issues, but the U.S government should insist upon concrete, demonstrable results in the investigation and prosecution of these cases, the strengthening of protection programs, and the dismantling of illegal surveillance schemes.

For more information, contact:

Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli, Washington Office on Latin America, (202) 546-7070, cell (202) 489-1702, gsanchez@wola.org

Lisa Haugaard, Latin America Working Group, lisah@lawg.org

Viviana Krsticevic, Center for Justice and International Law, vkrsticevic@cejil.org

Abigail Poe, Center for International Policy, abigail@ciponline.org

Human rights in the Inter-American System. Compilation of instruments. 2011 Edition.


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Human rights in the Inter-American system. Compilation of instruments. 2009 edition.

Los Derechos Humanos en el Sistema Interamericano. Compilación de Instrumentos.

El Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional (CEJIL) se complace en presentar la sexta edición actualizada de su publicación Derechos Humanos en el Sistema Interamericano: Compilación de Instrumentos.

Desde la primera versión de este compendio de normativa interamericana sobre protección y defensa de los derechos humanos –editada en 1997- CEJIL se ha propuesto con esta compilación tornar más accesible a distintos públicos el conocimiento del derecho internacional de los derechos humanos desarrollado en el continente americano, así como el uso de las herramientas que el sistema interamericano (SI) pone a disposición de víctimas y defensores de derechos humanos.

La obra recopila las Declaraciones, Tratados, Protocolos y Principios que conforman la normativa fundamental del derecho internacional de los derechos humanos en el ámbito interamericano, complementándola con aquellos textos que reglamentan la composición y funcionamiento de la Comisión y Corte Interamericana (Estatutos y Reglamentos).

Esta sexta edición actualizada incluye las últimas modificaciones a los Reglamentos de la Comisión y la Corte introducidas en 2009, que afectan a aspectos centrales del Sistema como son las reglas aplicables a la fase de admisibilidad de peticiones, las medidas cautelares de protección, el papel de las víctimas en el litigio ante la Corte Interamericana, o cuestiones de representación legal, entre otras.

Adicionalmente, en esta nueva edición presentamos un cuadro que cumple con la intención de ofrecer de forma ilustrativa un panorama completo acerca del estado de ratificaciones de los instrumentos del sistema interamericano de derechos humanos. A su vez, la forma en que se expone la información permite tener una mirada abarcadora e integral acerca del grado de involucramiento de los Estados miembros de la OEA en el SI.


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