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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 participate in six hearings and six working meetings during the 144th Sessions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Highlights on the agenda include the coup d’état in Honduras, indefinite detentions at Guantanamo and the attempt to weaken the Inter-American System

Washington D. C. March 22, 2012- Alongside over 20 civil society organizations from the Americas, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) will participate in six public hearings and six private working meetings before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), in Washington D.C. from March 23 to 28.

Highlights among the public hearings include the case of the Honduran judges, who were dismissed by the Supreme Court, after the coup d´état of June 2009. The case is known as Guillermo Lopez Lone et al.

Thu, 03/22/2012

 
Washington D. C. March 22, 2012- Alongside over 20 civil society organizations from the Americas, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) will participate in six public hearings and six private working meetings before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), in Washington D.C. from March 23 to 28.
 
Highlights among the public hearings include the case of the Honduran judges, who were dismissed by the Supreme Court, after the coup d´état of June 2009. The case is known as Guillermo Lopez Lone et al.
 
The remaining hearings will be thematic, presenting a broader picture of the situation of specific human rights violations in the region. The hearing Process of Strengthening the Inter-American Human Rights System will highlight the challenges facing the IACHR´s new composition and the attempt by some key States to weaken the institutions for the  protection of human rights in the Americas. The hearing is backed by over 50 organizations in the region.
 
CEJIL will participate in other thematic hearings that will focus on the State of Fundamental Freedoms and their Effect on the Protection of Human Rights in Honduras, Situation of Human Rights Defenders and Access to Justice in Guatemala, The general Human Rights Situation in Nicaragua and Threats to Judicial Independence in Central America.
 
On the other hand, the IACHR has convened six private working meetings on Saturday, March 24. These are related to the failure of the United States to implement protection measures for detainees at Guantanamo, the non-compliance of a friendly settlement in a rural violence case in Brazil (Fazenda Ubá); a friendly settlement with Colombia (Alba Lucía Rodríguez Cardona); the monitoring of the reparations of a Peruvian case (Cases of joint Press Release); and the non-compliance of Colombia with the precautionary measures for the Jose Alvear Restrepo Lawyers´Collective (CCAJAR), among others.
 
The hearings will be broadcast live via Internet here.
 
The schedule of CEJIL hearings can be found here.
 
 
 
 
 
Contact in Washington:
Milli Legrain
+(1) 202-319 3000
mlegrain@cejil.org
 

CEJIL Reiterates to El Salvador its Obligation to Recognize Responsibility in the Slaughter of the Jesuits

Hearings before the IACHR

IAHCR during the first day of hearings in March 19 2010

The slaughter of six Jesuit priests and two helpers during 1989 in El Salvador continues unpunished. In the current session of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), CEJIL, and the Human Rights Institute of the Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas "(IDHUCA) reiterate to the Salvadoran State, on March 22, its obligation to investigate the crime and punish those responsible.

This is one of 11 hearings and 10 meetings before the IACHR that CEJIL and its partners will participate during this week and the next one. The 138th Period of Sessions of the IACHR will end on March 26.

Fri, 03/19/2010

IAHCR during the first day of hearings in March 19, 2010.

Washington D.C. March 19, 2010

The slaughter of six Jesuit priests and two helpers during 1989 in El Salvador continues unpunished. In the current session of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), CEJIL, and the Human Rights Institute of the Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas "(IDHUCA) reiterate to the Salvadoran State, on March 22, its obligation to investigate the crime and punish those responsible.

This is one of 11 hearings and 10 meetings before the IACHR that CEJIL and its partners will participate during this week and the next one. The 138th Period of Sessions of the IACHR will end on March 26.

In 1999, the IACHR issued a report which recommended the State to expeditiously investigate the crime in order to identify, prosecute, and punish the perpetrators and masterminds of the crime; repair comprehensively the consequences of human rights violations committed and void the General Amnesty Law for the Consolidation of Peace.

CEJIL and Colombian counterparts will also present on Monday, the abundant evidence available about the responsibility of the State of Colombia for human rights violations committed during the operation to retake control of the Justice Palace in Bogotá on November 6, 1985 .

After a violent occupation of the building by the guerrilla group Movimiento 19 de Abril (M-19), Colombian police and military forces launched an attack in which they excessively and disproportionately used force. About 100 people were killed in this military operation, another 12 missing, and three suffered arbitrary detention and torture.

On Tuesday March 23, CEJIL and Honduran organizations will expose to the IACHR the lack of response of the Judiciary of Honduras to the facts and crimes occurring after the coup of June 2009.

Both the IACHR and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights have confirmed the ineffectiveness of judicial remedies to protect the people during the coup, the lack of respect for the law, impunity for most of the abuses, and the lack of independence of audit institutions such as the Supreme Court, the Prosecution, and the National Commissioner of Human Rights.

On Friday March 19, there will be an audience about the human rights situation in Guatemala, in which CEJIL and its partners will present information regarding the harassment of defenders of human rights, the problems created by the Army involvement in public security tasks, the need to strengthen the administration of justice and the impact of inadequate fiscal policy with impunity, poverty and low social investment.

The hearings will also discuss on Monday the case of illegal detention, torture, and conviction without respect for due process of Juan García Cruz and Santiago Sánchez Silvestre, by the judicial police of the Federal District of Mexico, in 1997.

The human rights situation in Venezuela will be seen on Tuesday 22 in three closed hearings to discuss: 1) Violence, public safety, and prison conditions, 2) institutional deterioration, failure and decisions of the Inter-American defenders and threats to human rights 3) The situation of the right to freedom of expression, information, and the right of association.

The private meetings will be held on Saturday 20 March and will be discuss cases concerning Brazil, Bolivia, El Salvador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Dominican Republic, which will focus among other issues, on military justice in Mexico, rural violence in Brazil, and the Peruvian State's commitment to a comprehensive solution to 165 cases of human rights violations.

For more information regarding the hearings visit CEJIL's Public Hearings agenda before the IACHR during March, 2010

Press Contact: Mauricio Herrera. Director of Communications.

(202) 319-3000 (202) 445-46-76. mherrera@cejil.org.

The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) is an advocacy of human rights in the Americas. CEJIL's main objective is to ensure full implementation of international human rights standards in the Member States of the Organization of American States (OAS), through the effective use of the Inter-american human rights system and other international protection mechanisms. CEJIL is a nongovernmental nonprofit with consultative status at the OAS, the Organization of the United Nations (UN) and observer status with the African Commission on Human Rights.


Foreign ministers will elect new members for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)

43rd OAS General Assembly (Antigua, Guatemala)
  • CEJIL calls for a decision in accordance with the American Convention on Human Rights to guarantee the independence and impartiality of the IACHR

Last Wednesday the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) sent a letter to the Foreign Secretaries of the Americas asking them to abide by the standards established in the American Convention when electing the candidates for the three vacant seats at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for 2014-2017.

The election of the new members of the IACHR, one of the most important bodies of human rights protection in the hemisphere, will take place during the Organization of American States (OAS) 43rd General Assembly, to be held in Antigua, Guatemala from June 4 to June 6.

 

Tue, 05/28/2013

 

  • CEJIL calls for a decision in accordance with the American Convention on Human Rights to guarantee the independence and impartiality of the IACHR

 

Last Wednesday the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) sent a letter to the Foreign Secretaries of the Americas asking them to abide by the standards established in the American Convention when electing the candidates for the three vacant seats at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for 2014-2017.

OEAAsambleaGeneral

The election of the new members of the IACHR, one of the most important bodies of human rights protection in the hemisphere, will take place during the Organization of American States (OAS) 43rd General Assembly, to be held in Antigua, Guatemala from June 4 to June 6.

The American Convention on Human Rights establishes that the Commissioners must be “persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the field of human rights.”

CEJIL remarked in the letter that “These characteristics will guarantee the prestige and credibility required for the Inter-American Commission to achieve its mandate of interpreting and applying the American Declaration, the American Convention and other Human Rights Treaties” in the hemisphere.

 

Read the letter in Spanish here.

More information

Sergio Pacheco S.

Communications Officer

CEJIL Mesoamérica

+506 22807473 ext. 11

 

Milli Legrain

Communications Coordinator

+202 319 3000

mlegrain@cejil.org

IACHR visit to Colombia

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will carry out an in loco visit to Colombia from December 3 - 7 2012, following an invitation by the Colombian government.

This will be the first IACHR in loco visit to Colombia since 2004.


IACHR press release here.

 

Fri, 11/30/2012

 

 

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will carry out an in loco visit to Colombia between the December 3 and 7, 2012, following an invitation by the Colombian government.

 

This will be the first IACHR in loco visit to Colombia since 2004.


IACHR press release here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emilio Alvarez Icaza appointed as new Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Washington D.C, June 17, 2012 – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) today announced that Mexican national Emilio Alvarez Icaza will be its new Executive Secretary. As stipulated in Article 11 of the IACHR´s Rules of Procedure, the name of the successful candidate was referred to the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, for his formal designation.

Emilio Alvarez Icaza replaces Santiago Cantón, who announced his official resignation in April 2011 and left office at the end of June 2012.

The shortlisted candidates were:

 

Thu, 07/19/2012

Washington D.C, June 17, 2012 – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) today announced that Mexican national Emilio Alvarez Icaza will be its new Executive Secretary. As stipulated in Article 11 of the IACHR´s Rules of Procedure, the name of the successful candidate was referred to the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, for his formal designation.

 

Emilio Alvarez Icaza replaces Santiago Cantón, who announced his official resignation in April 2011 and left office at the end of June 2012.

 

The shortlisted candidates were:

 

The vacancy announcement is available here.

Read the official press release of the IACHR

 

For further information:

Milli Legrain

CEJIL

202 319 3000

mlegrain@cejil.org

 

CEJIL promotes discussion on Strengthening the Inter-American System

OAS General Assembly Cochabamba, Bolivia 2012

At the 42nd General Assembly of the Organization of American States in Cochabamba, Bolivia (June 3-5, 2012)  the Coalition of International Organizations for Human Rights in the Americas including CEJIL continued to promote discussion on the process to Strengthen the Inter-American System of Human Rights.

These documents are crucial for following the debate:

* Report of the Special Working Group for Strengthening the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights (Presented to the OAS Permanent Council on January 25, 2012)
* Civil Society observations on the strengthening of the Inter-American System (January 27, 2012)
* 700 organizations in the Americas denounce the OAS’ attempt to weaken human rights defense system (March 28, 2012)
* IACHR Position Paper on the Process of Strengthening the Inter-American System (April 9, 2012)

* Letter from Civil Society (June 4, 2012)

FINAL RESOLUTION (June 5, 2012)

* Letter from Civil Society (July 11, 2012)

* IACHR Methodology for the Strengthening of the Inter-American System

 


 

Mon, 06/25/2012

At the 42nd General Assembly of the Organization of American States in Cochabamba, Bolivia (June 3-5, 2012) the Coalition of International Organizations for Human Rights in the Americas including CEJIL will continue to promote discussion on the process to Strengthen the Inter-American System of Human Rights.

 

These documents are crucial for following the debate:

 

(April 9, 2012)

 

 


 

International Human Rights Day

Mon, 12/10/2012 (All day)
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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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