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Washington, DC, October 27, 2014.- At a hearing held before the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR) lawyers, activists, and members of civil society made recommendations to the U.S. government on the humanitarian crisis faced by unaccompanied children arriving at the United States’ southern border.
“We call on the United States to provide real protection to these unaccompanied children reaching the southern border,” said Viviana Krsticevic, Executive Director of the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL). “First and foremost, they are children. At all times, the State must honor the guarantee against the return to danger. The U.S. must protect their best interests, rather than placing them in harm’s way or in punitive detention.”
Fresh off the press: CEJIL’s position paper on “The Debates on the Role of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.”
Through this publication, CEJIL share its analysis on the process of reflection that started through the OAS General Assembly to audit the Commission’s work between 2011 and 2014.
CEJIL and partner organizations to present at IACHR on the situation faced by unaccompanied children arriving in the U.S. and serious human rights violations in Mexico
In partnership with allied organizations, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) will present 14 thematic hearings during the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights’ (IACHR) 153rd period of regular sessions.
The hearings will be held from Monday October 27 to Friday October 31 and will take place in the GSB building of the Organization of American States in Washington D.C.
Learn more about our hearings.
Dominican Republic condemned for discrimination, massive expulsions and arbitrary deprivation of nationality
Washington, DC, October 23rd 2014- The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) ruled that the Dominican Republic violated the human rights of 26 people—among them 15 children—as a result of discrimination, forcible expulsions, denationalization policies and breach of duty to prevent statelessness.
In the case Expelled Dominican and Haitian Persons vs. The Dominican Republic, the IACHR determined that at the time the event took place there existed a " systematic pattern of expulsions , including through collective acts or procedures that did not involve an individualized analysis of Haitians and people of Haitian descent , which reflects a discriminatory conception. "