IHR LEGAL Newsletter
Selected developments in the field of international human rights
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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 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.
HRC decision on violation of human rights of murdered protesters; ACHPR statement on terrorist attack in the Republic of Togo; ECtHR judgment in the Case “Taner Kılıç v. Turkey” for the arbitrary detention of one of the founders of Amnesty International Turkey; and much more.
Statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachellet, on Russia’s war crimes and serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights in Ukraine; ECtHR ruling in the case “Karuyev v. Russia” for a criminal conviction for spitting at a portrait of Putin; IACHR pronouncement on detentions and prosecutions of participants of the July 2021 protests in Cuba; and much more here.
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