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IHR LEGAL Newsletter July- September 2023
- On July 4, 2023, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights published a report on the human rights situation in Venezuela. The report covers several issues, including the lack of vaccination of children, floods caused by climate change, and precarious labor conditions. In addition, the report highlights that the economic sanctions imposed on Venezuela affect essential public services and recommends the lifting of these sanctions.
- On July 21, 2023, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights issued a statement expressing its concern over the expulsion of more than 200 Burkinabe refugees and asylum seekers by the Ghanaian authorities. The Commission condemned the deportations and Ghana’s treatment of the Burkinabe refugees and asylum seekers, recalling that such action violates the principle of non-refoulement present in the Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa, and other rights enshrined in the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
- On July 28, 2023, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights declared Paraguay internationally responsible for the torture of police inspector Jorge Luis López Sosa. The facts of the case refer to the fact that, in the context of an attempted coup d’état in May 2000, Mr. López was interrogated and tortured because some agents accused him of allegedly having participated in the coup attempt. The Court concluded, among others, the violation of his right not to be tortured, to personal liberty, and judicial guarantees.
- On July 13, 2023, the European Court of Human Rights found that Azerbaijan had violated the right to respect for private and family life by rendering one of its citizens stateless. Mr. Huseynov was subjected to criminal proceedings and renounced his nationality. The Court considered that there were several elements to consider that this renunciation was not voluntary, and therefore found Azerbaijan responsible for the violation of his rights.
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– On March 27, 2023, the OHCHR launched a new country report concerning freedom of expression in Yemen. In the report, the OHCHR recalled that the right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds is guaranteed to all individuals, without distinction of any kind. In addition, the OHCHR affirmed that freedom of expression also includes a free, uncensored, and unhindered press and media, which are essential in society to ensure freedom of opinion and expression. Regarding Yemen specifically, the OHCHR pointed out that the ongoing conflict in the country has entered its ninth year due to conflict-driven propaganda and disinformation which led to ideological and socio-political conflicts throughout the country. In this sense, the parties to the conflict have characterized critical voices in society as foreign actors who want to threaten national security, which has directly delegitimized the work of journalists and even caused self-censorship. The consequences of this scenario were manifold: many of the journalists who wanted to maintain the integrity of their work left the country, women journalists suffered severe bullying on the internet, and threats, arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, and killings continued to be a constant reality in the country.
On July 7, 2022, the ECtHR ruled that Italian authorities did not respond with the requisite promptness and diligence in dealing with domestic violence in the case of “M.S. v. Italy”. The applicant, M.S., an Italian national, was assaulted, harassed, and threatened for years by her then-husband, D.P., for which reason she filed several complaints against him. However, the State authorities began to take measures late, for which reason the ECtHR held the State responsible for the period in which it did not take effective measures.
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