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This report from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) addresses the problem of the misuse of criminal law by State and non-State actors with the aim to criminalize the work of human rights defenders. This report conceptualizes the phenomenon of criminalization and identifies the contexts and groups of defenders who are most affected by this practice, as well as the actors who usually participate in the processes of criminalization through the misuse of criminal law. The IACHR focuses primarily in this report on the ways in which criminal law may be used improperly to hamper the defense of human rights and not on administrative or civil obstacles that also interfere with this work.

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Desde su fundación, el principal objetivo del IDHUCA ha sido contribuir a que se garantice el respeto a los derechos humanos, a través del uso de las instituciones estatales por parte de las personas y los grupos que buscan soluciones justas a sus problemas. Su misión es contribuir a que la población salvadoreña logre vivir…

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Organization logo: European Union-Latin America and Caribbean Foundation (EU-LAC Foundation)

The mission of the EU-LAC Foundation is: Connecting the intergovernmental process with the business, academic, and social sector, as well as, in a broad and general manner, the civil society of both regions; Promoting the development of a joint and evolving global vision and a shared strategy in both regions; Dynamising the bi-regional strategic partnership…

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Organization logo: Union of South American Nations (UNASUR)

UNASUR’s goal is to build integration in the cultural, economic, social and political areas while respecting the current situation of each of our member nations.

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Organization logo: Freedom House

Freedom House analyzes the challenges to freedom, advocates for greater political rights and civil liberties, and supports frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change through a combination of analysis, advocacy, and action. Their research and analysis frame the policy debate in the United States and abroad on the progress and decline of…

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The ITUC’s primary mission is the promotion and defense of workers’ rights and interests, through international cooperation between trade unions, global campaigning and advocacy within the major global institutions. The site is in French.

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This report provides the most detailed published account to date of criminal investigations into many specific brigades and battalions responsible for large numbers of alleged false positive killings, lays out the now substantial evidence that senior army officers were responsible for many of the killings, and assesses the obstacles that so far have impeded such officers from being held accountable. Based on an extensive review of criminal case files, judicial rulings, and data on prosecutors’ investigations into false positives; witness testimony, much of it previously unpublished; and our interviews with more than 40 prosecutors, witnesses, victims’ family members, and lawyers, among others.

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This report informs about human rights defenders situation in Colombia. It recommends that the international community “prioritize, in its dialogue with the Colombian government, the insistence that the Colombian government implement effective means to protect human rights defenders” and in order to put an end to these attacks.

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