Gender violence

Hearings before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Mon, 02/20/2012 (All day) - Fri, 03/02/2012 (All day)
Inter-American Commission of Human Rights
San Jose

CEJIL Activities Report - 20 years

Since its foundation in 1991 the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) has contributed significantly to the enjoyment of rights in the region. The present report outlines some of CEJIL’s milestones, achievements, and challenges over these two decades. It attempts to illustrate some notable actions in order to document the efforts of the work of that period.


Type of publication:Activities report
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Year: 2011
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CEJIL is awarded the Thomas J.Dodd Prize in international justice and human rights

The ceremony was presided over by the Honorable Christopher J. Dodd

Washington D.C, October 3, 2011.- Today, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) was awarded the  fifth annual Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights. The Ceremony took place at 4pm at the University of Connecticut and was presided over by UConn President Susan Herbst as well as the Honorable Christopher J. Dodd.

Mon, 10/03/2011

 

Washington D.C, October 3, 2011.- Today, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) was awarded the  fifth annual Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights. The Ceremony took place at 4pm at the University of Connecticut and was presided over by UConn President Susan Herbst as well as the Honorable Christopher J. Dodd.

 

The Dodd Prize commemorates the distinguished career in public service of Thomas J. Dodd, who served as Executive Trial Counsel at the Nuremberg Trials, U.S. Representative from 1953 to 1957, and Connecticut Senator from 1959 to 1971.  Thomas Dodd dedicated his entire public life to fighting against infringement and suppression of human rights in the United States and abroad.

 

Upon receiving the prize, Viviana Krsticevic, Executive Director of CEJIL said: “The work of CEJIL stands on the legacy of the Nuremberg trials and the work of Thomas J. Dodd. Focusing our efforts on the Americas, a region notorious for its setbacks in human rights and the rule of law, we stand firmly in our beliefs in the dignity of all, the importance of honoring all human beings, and the need to strengthen and apply the rule of law to ensure the rights of all individuals”.

Krsticevic concluded: “On behalf of everyone at CEJIL, thank you very much for this wonderful honor. This award will encourage us to continue the fight for justice and equality. It will give us the hope necessary to create many more success stories in the Americas and reminds us of the importance of preserving the legacy and principles of Nuremberg.”

 

The award will be invested in CEJIL’s strategic litigation in the Western Hemisphere, advocacy before the Inter-American System of Human Rights and training of human rights defenders throughout the region.

 

For more information:

Milli  Legrain

Communications coordinator

mlegrain@cejil.org

202 319 3000

CEJIL launches a new publication to celebrate International Women´s Day

The book is a compilation of judgments from international human rights bodies

Washington DC, March 7, 2011.- To celebrate International Women´s Day, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), the leading human rights NGO specializing in the defense and promotion of human rights in the Americas, is launching a new title in its Summaries of Jurisprudence collection, this time addressing violence against women.

Mon, 03/07/2011

Washington DC, March 7, 2011.- To celebrate International Women´s Day, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), the leading human rights NGO specializing in the defense and promotion of human rights in the Americas, is launching a new title in its Summaries of Jurisprudence collection, this time addressing violence against women.
This compilation of international standards presents a broad outlook on the reality facing women in a wide range of contexts around the world. The publication sheds light on the undeniable persistence of gender-based violence across the globe, despite the development of domestic and international law in this area.
 
Supported by its vast litigation experience before the Inter-American System, CEJIL has selected some of the most paradigmatic cases, which have motivated a response from international human rights protection bodies, including the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the European Court of Human Rights, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.
 
Summaries of Jurisprudence: Gender-based Violence classifies judgments on cases ranging from domestic violence in Brazil, abortion rights in Poland and sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Rwanda, to the emblematic “Cotton Field” case regarding the assassination of young women on the border state of Chihuahua, Mexico.
 
Viviana Krsticevic, Executive Director of CEJIL said today: “We are delighted to celebrate International Women´s Day by launching such a seminal publication. We hope that it will be a useful tool that contributes to the defense of human rights and to the eradication of violence against women, one of the most tolerated and silenced human rights violations.”
 
The book is available online free of charge in English and Spanish: http://cejil.org/en/publicaciones/tools-protection-human-rights-summaries-jurisprudence-gender-based-violence
Media contact
 
Milli Legrain
Communications Coordinator-CEJIL
Tel (1) 202-319-3000
mlegrain@cejil.org
www.cejil.org

Tools for the Protection of Human Rights - Summaries of Jurisprudence: Gender-based Violence

Summaries of Jurisprudence: Gender-based Violence

CEJIL is proud to present a new volume of the collection Summaries of Jurisprudence, this time addressing principles of protection of women against Gender-based Violence.

This compilation of international standards provides a solid jurisprudential research body and it presents a wider panorama of women’s reality in very different contexts revealing the indisputable persistence of gender-based violence in the world, in spite of the advances in the normative field. The selected cases are some of the most paradigmatic ones among those which, to date, have motivated some type of response from human rights protection systems.

We hope that it will be a useful tool which contributes to the defense of human rights and to the eradication of violence against women, one of the more tolerated and silenced human rights violations.


Type of publication:Compilation of jurisprudence
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Year: 2010
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Gazette No 30 - the right of women to live a life free of violence

Gaceta Nº 30
Type of publication:Gazette
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Year: 2008
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María da Penha / Brazil

The case of María da Penha Fernandes (left) was the first in which domestic violence was recognized as a violation of human rights.Brazilian pharmacist María da Penha Fernandes was shot by her husband. He left her a paraplegic, and tried to electrocute her. In spite of the abundance of evidence, the Brazilian justice system took nearly two decades to come to a firm decision.

The aggressions against Mrs. Fernandes and her difficulty in finding justice was evidence of the tolerance for violence in Brazil, which Mrs. Fernandes and thousands of women suffer from in similar ways on a daily basis. She, CEJIL, and the Latin American Committee for the Defense of Women’s Rights (CLADEM) denounced the Brazilian government before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in 1998.

Mrs. Fernandes’ persistence in her fight culminated in an IACHR decision that placed responsibility for the violation of her human rights on the Brazilian government, applied for the first time by the Inter-American Convention to Prevent, Sanction and Eradicate Violence Against Women – known a the Belém do Pará Convention. It also initiated the process that resulted in the first law against domestic violence against women in Brazil.

On May 29, 1983, Mrs. Fernandes’ husband shot her with a revolver while she was sleeping and left her a paraplegic. In 1984, the Prosecutor’s Office accused the man of aggression and the intention to kill, and initiated a long judicial journey, which demonstrated the government’s tolerance of violence against women and lead to the international hearing before the IACHR.

In 2001, the IACHR decided in favor of Mrs. Fernandes and a year later the Brazilian courts declared her ex-husband guilty, finally sending him to prison in 2002 – 19 years after the crime was committed and just six months before the charges against him would have been dropped.

The IACHRdetermined that Brazil had violated the Belém do Pará Convention and exhorted the government to adopt measures that guarantee the effective punishment, prevention and eradication of violence against women.

Mrs. Fernandes’ search for justice contributed in a fundamental way to the promulgation of the law 11.340 in 2006, which intends to prevent the evasion penal sanctions for acts of domestic violence against women, promotes rehabilitation programs for the aggressors, and creates political bodies and specialized courts: it’s the “María da Penha Law.”

 

Video:

Maria da Penha - Campaign: "Defend the IAS Now", produced by Canal Capital and CEJIL


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