The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights guarantees transparency from member states, which are asked to outline how they preserve such rights within their nations.
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This document explains who is a human rights defender, their work and possible personal and professional requirements to become a defender.
In 2009, Environmental Defender Law Center investigated claims by 28 Peruvian activists that they had been kidnapped and tortured at a mine site owned by English mining company Monterrico Metals. Recent court hearings have revealed new evidence. Trial is likely mid-2017.
On June 26, 2014, under the leadership of Ecuador and South Africa, the UN Human Rights Council passed landmark resolution 26/9, establishing an open-ended inter-governmental working group (IGWG) that is mandated to elaborate an international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations (TNCs) and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (hereinafter, the Treaty). It was a tight vote: the resolution was supported by 20 states, mainly from Africa and Asia, and opposed by 14, including the United States and the European Union, with 13 abstentions. The resolution strikes a nerve — and there is much expectation around it.
A false picture of a sustainable industry was painted for investors and other participants, in August 2016 at the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which ignores the harmful impacts of the aggressive expansion of the palm oil industry on local communities.
The historical first Permanent Peoples Tribunal Hearing in Southern Africa exposed the crimes of Transnational Corporations in the region and the growing peoples resistance.
In a change of focus, Hague court will prosecute government and individuals for environmental crimes such as land grabs. The ICC said it would also prioritise crimes that result in the ‘destruction of the environment’, ‘exploitation of natural resources’ and the ‘illegal dispossession’ of land. It also included an explicit reference to land-grabbing…”
After almost thirty years of impunity, there may finally be some measure of justice for the six Jesuit priests and two women murdered by the Salvadoran military in San Salvador in 1989. What a U.S. court’s decision to extradite a high-ranking military officer could mean for justice and human rights in El Salvador.
El Salvador has one of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws. The current abortion law, passed in 1998, bans abortion in all circumstances, even when the pregnancy poses a risk to a woman’s life or in cases of rape. The following article addresses important facts surrounding El Salvador’s restrictive abortion laws.
This Contingency Planning Memorandum explains how violence can lead to the further curtailment of democracy in the country. Provides insight, recommendations, implications and warning indicators.