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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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German Court Ruling on U.S. Drone Strikes Leaves Victim’s Son without Redress

A German court has rejected the complaint of a Somali herdsman over the death of his father in a U.S. drone strike in 2012, in a case that highlighted the role of U.S. facilities in Germany in the drone program.

March 19, 2019
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Open Society Justice Initiative Joins Calls to Protect Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Cutting U.S. funding would imperil a key international tool for upholding human rights, a coalition of civil society groups claims.

March 01, 2019
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Open Society Justice Initiative Welcomes German Arrests of Syrian Atrocity Crime Suspects

The Justice Initiative has been working with the Commission for International Justice and Accountability to build a case dossier against one of the men arrested, who is a former senior Syrian intelligence official.

February 13, 2019
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