This week sees closing arguments presented in a case that offers a historic opportunity for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to rule on attacks, illegal surveillance and the use of technology against human rights defenders.
Civil society organisations have published an assessment detailing the wilful inaction of the State of Nicaragua, which has failed to address gross human rights violations as urged by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution 46/2.
On 7 September 2021, the International Service for Human Rights facilitated a multi-stakeholder dialogue with United Nations experts, the International Chamber of Commerce and the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights to discuss about Business, Human Rights and Human Rights Defenders.
In the first case on violence against trans people heard by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the Court held Honduras responsible for the transfemicide of human rights defender Vicky Hernández.
In a significant legal intervention, ISHR calls on the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to rule that Honduras has violated the American Convention on Human Rights, as well as rights elaborated in the Yogyakarta Principles and the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.
ISHR stands in solidarity with all those in the US and across the world protesting against police violence and discrimination and calling for racial justice and radical reform.
With Covid-19, human rights bodies are needing to re-think their priorities and working methods. In a first ever webinar, ex and current members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights spoke to the Commission’s efforts to keep relevant and effective in the face of the region's huge challenges.
The US must not cut funding for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, urge fifty civil society organisations and experts. The Commission plays a key role promoting democratic processes and better human rights standards across the Americas. The US should give it strong political and financial backing.
In a landmark Opinion, the regional human rights court of the Americas has upheld the rights of trans persons and same-sex couples. Referring to the Yogyakarta Principles and the Yogyakarta Principles plus 10, the Court advised Costa Rica that it should ensure that trans persons can change their name and gender markers on identity documents, and that same-sex couples enjoy full family rights – including marriage.
A coalition of 39 NGOs has launched a major new report and given evidence before the Inter-American Commission, documenting a pattern of increased and specific threats against those who work on business and human rights issues in the Americas.