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CEJIL regrets the passing of Giulia Tamayo, a feminist lawyer and tireless human rights defender, dedicated to the rights of women. Giulia worked for the Flora Tristan organization, the Latin American Committee for the Defense of Women’s Rights (CLADEM) and Amnesty International.

She made crucial contributions for the recognition of women’s rights in the world. Her work contributed to the prosecution of the forced sterilizations carried out under the Fujimori regime in Peru, raised awareness regarding sexual violence as a weapon of war, and drove the investigation of victims of civil war and Francoism in Spain, among other things.

CEJIL expresses its sincerest condolences for her family, friends and colleagues.

Jesús Orozco, president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will present the report entitled, “Guarantees for the Independence of Justice Operators: Toward Strengthening Access to Justice and the Rule of Law in the Americas,” in San José, Costa Rica and Guatemala City, Guatemala on February 5 and 6.

The Report identifies the obligations of States parties in terms of ensuring access to justice and the guarantees they must provide to justice operators to ensure that they can act independently. The report also broadens international law standards in this area and identifies ongoing obstacles in the hemisphere.

Washington D.C., January 15, 2014. The Center for Justice and International Law would like to send its deepest condolences to the granddaughter, wife, and family of the Argentine poet, Juan Gelman, who passed away January 14, 2014 in Mexico City. Gelman was 83 years old.

Juan Gelman’s career in the world of letters is unquestionable and he received noteworthy recognition at a regional and global level.

Costa Rica, Monday, December 9, 2013. The signatory organizations, members of the International Coalition of Human Rights Organizations in the Americas that work at the forefront of the Inter-American System for Human Rights, along with other allied organizations, express their concerns and denounce the Ecuadorian government’s arbitrary closure of the Fundación Pachamama.

This declaration is added to the other declarations made by numerous organizations and more than 9,000 people around the world who have signed the Avaaz petition rejecting the Ecuadorian government’s measure.

Observation Mission on Human Rights in Paraguay

Between the November 11 and 14, CEJIL participated in an International Observation Mission on the Human Rights Situation in Paraguay. The Mission, formed by 43 representatives of diverse national and international social and human rights organizations, visited peasant and indigenous communities in four Paraguayan departments. The objective of the Mission was to reveal the human rights situation.

More information available here (in Spanish).