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Independent Panel Finds Only Three of Five Inter-American Human Rights Commission Candidates Qualified for Office

Two out of five candidates for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights are unqualified for office, a new report by independent experts finds.

June 07, 2019
Advocacy update

NGOs Challenge Sweden's Proposal for an ISIS-only War Crimes Tribunal

Seven international and Syrian NGOs are warning against the idea of an atrocity court that would focus only on ISIS, and not on crimes committed by all sides in Syria's civil war.

June 3, 2019
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German and Belgian Prosecutors Urged to Investigate Chemical Shipments to Syria

Three groups working on accountability for atrocity crimes have filed criminal complaints with prosecutors in Antwerp, Hamburg and Essen over shipments to Syria of restricted chemicals in 2014.

June 3, 2019
Advocacy update

Civil Society Organizations Call for Emergency Measures to Prevent U.N. Budget Cuts

Eleven regional and international human rights and law organizations are calling for emergency measures to prevent the cancellation of upcoming U.N. human rights committees.

May 31, 2019
Advocacy update

High Court in Ireland Confirms Protections of EU Law in Home Repossession

A ruling from Ireland highest civil court underlines the need for Irish courts to take into account the impact of home repossession on private and family life.

May 15, 2019
Advocacy update

Civil Society Organizations Criticize anti-CICIG statement from OAS Secretary General

Civil society groups express dismay over ‘misguided’ tweet from Luis Almagro, secretary general of the Office of American States, regarding the work of the Guatemala's UN-backed anticorruption commission.

April 12, 2019
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Independent Panel Will Again Assess Candidates to the Inter-American Human Rights Commission

While member states fail to act, civil society groups are again backing an independent review of candidates for one of the world's most influential human rights bodies.

April 02, 2019
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Reported 2014 Chemical Shipments to Syria Raise Questions over EU Sanctions

Three groups are questioning the failure of European Union sanctions to prevent the reported shipment to Syria in 2014 of chemicals that can be used to produce sarin and VX gas.

March 27, 2019
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