The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) today called on all governments to raise the voice and take bold measures to protect human rights wherever vigorous action is needed, after the UN Human Rights Council concluded its resumed 6th session on 14 December 2007. At the session, the Council extended the mandates of experts on Sudan, Liberia, counter-terrorism and human rights, internally displaced persons, adequate housing and the right to health and established an expert group on indigenous peoples.
ICJ calls for urgent legal and structural reforms and demonstration of political will
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said today that courts and investigatory bodies set up specially by the Sudanese Government to address human rights violations in Darfur have failed to deliver justice to victims in Darfur.
Members of the Eminent Jurists Panel on Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and Human Rights concluded their visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories today. The Panel, an independent group of eight jurists appointed by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), is conducting a global inquiry on the impact of terrorism and counter-terrorism measures on the rule of law, human rights and humanitarian law.
Meeting with the President of Sri Lanka yesterday, the Secretary-General of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) expressed serious concern about the grave human rights situation in Sri Lanka, including, renewed patterns of enforced disappearances and targeted killings of civilians, as well as shrinking space for civil society.
"I urged the President to recognise that the gravity of the human rights situation demands a swift and robust response from the Government.
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) today released the report of its observer of the inquest into the killings of 17 aid workers in Sri Lanka in August last year.
Report by Michael Birnbaum QC, ICJ inquest observer
In the first week of August 2006, 17 aid workers of Action Contre la Faim (ACF) were shot dead at close range in the grounds of the ACF office in Muttur, Sri Lanka. The killing took place in the aftermath of a battle for control of the town between the security forces of the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). In October 2006 the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) appointed Mr Michael Birnbaum QC as its observer of the inquest into the killings.
Following the conclusion of the official Magistrate's inquest into the killing of 17 aid workers in Muttur last August, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) today called for a prompt, independent and thorough investigation by a body that has the trust of all Sri Lankans and for those responsible to be brought to justice.
"The inquest Magistrate has pointed out flaws in the investigation so far and indicated the next steps in the investigation", said Michael Birnbaum QC, the ICJ's official observer at the inquest hearings.
"The Sri Lankan Government …
The present document's aim is to present a statistical synthesis of the main violations of human rights and humanitarian law in Colombia, particularly those related to the rights to life, liberty, and integrity, committed between July 2002 and June 2006; that is, approximately during the four years of the first period of government just concluded (August 7 2002 to August 7 2006).
The data for the fi rst semester of 2006 included in this document are incomplete due to the fact that some of the sources usually used by the Colombian Commission of Jurists are not yet ready to be …
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) today urged the future Interim Government of Nepal to reaffirm its commitment to ending and preventing enforced disappearances by signing and ratifying the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances and passing enabling laws giving effect domestically to the provisions of the Convention. The Convention was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 20 December 2006.
Thousands of individuals reportedly disappeared during Nepal's ten-year conflict.