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The dismissal of Mayor Gustavo Petro infringes on the political rights guaranteed in the American Convention on Human Rights
On December 9, 2013, Mr. Gustavo Petro Urrego, Mayor of Bogota, the capital city of the Republic of Colombia, was dismissed from his position by the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation following an administrative (not judicial) decision. This decision also prohibits him from working for the next 15 years in public service, and is based on alleged irregularities which occurred following the changes to the management of garbage collection in the city in December 2012.
Washington, DC, Thursday, December 5, 2013.- Today the United States Government announced that it has transferred Djamel Ameziane from Guantánamo to Algeria despite his well-founded fear of persecution or torture in his home country, in direct contravention of precautionary measures ordered by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).
“Since 2008, the Inter-American Commission has ordered the State not to send him to Algeria, where he risks torture or persecution,” said Viviana Krsticevic, Executive Director of the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL). “The United States Government’s forcible transfer of Djamel Ameziane to Algeria is a blatant breach of international law, for which the State must be held accountable.”
San Salvador, Monday, December 2, 2013. Last Friday various organizations presented an international denunciation before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) against the State of El Salvador for the human rights violations suffered by Beatriz.
Beatriz, a 23 year old Salvadoran, who suffers from systematic lupus erythematous exacerbated by lupus nephritis and rheumatoid arthritis, became pregnant at the end of 2012. Through medical exams, the fetus was diagnosed with anencephaly.
Mexico acknowledges international responsibility for the 15 year arbitrary imprisonment of two people
San José, Monday 18 November, 2013. This Monday, the Mexican State recognized its international responsibility for the illegal detention and torture of Juan García Cruz and Santiago Sánchez Silvestre, as well as for their subsequent convictions in two irregular processes which used confessions extracted under torture. Furthermore, the State accepted its responsibility for the failure to investigate allegations of torture.
This recognition of responsibility is consequence of a dialogue process which began in August of the present year, and concluded this Monday with the signing of a Friendly Settlement.