Police violence

Honduran de Facto Government Violates Human Rights

International Mission in Honduras
Thu, 09/03/2009

After the coup d’etat of June 28, 2009 that dramatically altered the country’s constitutional order, a grave situation of human rights and restrictions on democratic freedoms has appear in Honduras.  There are clear difficulties and obstacles to access justice and freedom of the press is severely limited.

The final report by the international Mission to observe the human rights situation in Honduras, which visited the country from July 17 to the 26, describes the results and findings carried out by 15 participant organizations. (Available in Spanish).

Uzcátegui / Venezuela

Operativo policial en barriadas pobres de Venezuela

National Police agents in the state of Falcón, Venezuela, assassinated Néstor José Uzcátegui in his home and beat members of his family on January 1, 2001. The principal witness of the crime, Néstor’s brother Luis, was arrested and harassed by the police.

This case is an example of the systematic practice of arbitrary detentions and extralegal executions perpetrated by the national police around the end of the 1980s against young people from the lower social classes. CEJIL, the Committee of Relatives of the Victims of the Crimes of February-March 1989 (COFAVIC), and the lawyer Carlos Ayala brought the crimes before the Inter-American Commission in March 2007, and the case was admitted one year later.

The day of the crime, seven armed men entered the house of the Uzcátegui family without judicial orders, violently searched the home, encountered Néstor José, who was 21 years old, and shot him in front of his family.

Luis Uzcátegui continued to publicly denounce the crime. Due to his actions, he received death threats and the police have entered his house and attacked his family.

In October 2002, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) granted precautionary measures in his favor and ordered Venezuela to guarantee his security. The government didn’t adopt the measures asked for and in November 2002, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ordered provisional measures be taken to protect the life and the integrity of Luis Uzcátegui, and to investigate the crime committed against Néstor Uzcátegui. In 2004, Néstor saw himself obligated to leave his home and abandon his job and his studies.

No results were seen from the judicial investigations for the crime against Néstor Uzcátegui and in 2005, the authorities even claimed that the case’s evidence had been lost.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honduras before the Inter-American Commission again for the dismissal of judges following the coup d´état

Washington D.C and Tegucigalpa, March 20, 2012- On March 26, 2012 the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), as part of its 144th Sessions, will hold another public hearing related to the case of the Honduran judges who were dismissed by the Supreme Court, after the coup d´état of June 2009.

Tue, 03/20/2012

Jueces despedidos

Washington D.C and Tegucigalpa, March 20, 2012- On March 26, 2012 the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), as part of its 144th Sessions, will hold another public hearing related to the case of the Honduran judges who were dismissed by the Supreme Court, after the coup d´état of June 2009.

 

A year ago, at its 141th session, the IACHR held a public hearing, after which it decided to admit the petition filed against the State of Honduras for the dismissal of judges Guillermo Lopez, Luis Chevez, Ramon Barrios and Tirza Flores Lanza, which alleges several human rights violations, including the right to judicial guarantees, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, freedom of association and the right to judicial protection.

 

This purpose of the upcoming hearing is to provide more information and argue the merits of the case so the IACHR can submit its final report stating the facts and conclusions of the case as well as the relevant recommendations as soon as possible.

 

The Honduran State has also been summoned to attend this hearing and will be held accountable before the IACHR.

 

The hearing will be held on March 26 at 9:30am (Central time zone) in the Rubén Darío hall in the GSB Building of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington D.C (1889 F St NW).

 

 

The hearing will be broadcast via the following link:

http://www.oas.org/en/media_center/webcast.asp

 

 

For more information on CEJIL´s hearings click here

 

Contact in Washington D.C

Milli Legrain

+1-202- 319 3000

mlegrain@cejil.org

 

Contact in Costa Rica:

Darío Chinchilla

+506 - 2281-3280

dchinchilla@cejil.org

 

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.


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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

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