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29 Jan 2007 description

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.

29 Nov 2006 description

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) today called on member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council to closely scrutinise the human rights situation in Sri Lanka and renewed its call for the establishment of a fully-fledged human rights operation in the country.

"There is little neutral space left in Sri Lanka. Civilians are suffering the human rights and humanitarian consequences of a deepening conflict and unaccountable armed forces on all sides", said the ICJ.

"The Human Rights Council must not turn away.

03 Oct 2006 description

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) today expressed deep concern after the Sri Lankan Government informed it that the ICJ's official representative would be prevented from entering the country to observe the inquest into the killing of 17 Action Internationale Contre la Faim (ACF) aid workers in Muttur in August.

"It is regrettable that the Government has chosen not to allow our independent international observer to attend this vital inquest", said Nicholas Howen, Secretary-General of the ICJ.

"At a time when the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the …

16 Aug 2006 description

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) today called on the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to abide by international human rights and humanitarian law, cease any indiscriminate or targeted attacks against civilians and immediately guarantee access for independent human rights investigators.

16 Aug 2006 description

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has established an Expert Legal Inquiry to investigate whether and to what extent the Israeli Defence Forces and Hezbollah violated international humanitarian law and human rights law during the conflict in Lebanon.

"With the welcome cessation of hostilities we cannot just forget the scale of civilian deaths and physical destruction over the last month.

07 Aug 2006 description

ICJ calls on Hezbollah and Israel to abide by laws of war

Administration of Justice - Counter Terrorism and Human Rights - Newsroom

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said today that protecting the lives of civilians in Lebanon and Israel cannot wait the outcome of international diplomatic efforts to end the conflict and called on both Hezbollah and the Israeli Defence Forces to distinguish between combatants and civilians and between civilian and military targets, as required by international humanitarian law.

"Civilians in both Israel and Lebanon have paid the …

29 Jun 2006 description

The ICJ is extremely concerned by the destruction of infrastructure and collective punishments carried out by Israel in the Gaza Strip, and by the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier last Sunday by Palestinian armed groups. Such acts can amount to war crimes for which individuals can be held criminally responsible.

18 May 2006 description

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) today called on the Knesset to repeal a law that prevents Palestinians from the Occupied Territories being united with their Israeli spouses after a small majority of judges (6-5) upheld the law on 14 May.

26 Apr 2006 description

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) today welcomed the reinstatement of the House of Representatives in Nepal and called on the new transitional Government and the CPN (Maoist) to declare indefinite ceasefires and jointly to sign a human rights code of conduct as one of several confidence-building measures towards peace.

25 Apr 2006 description

The International Commission of Jurists condemns today's attack on the head of the Sri Lankan Army, Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka and the deaths of his five guards and three civilians, reportedly by a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber. The ICJ also condemns the Sri Lankan government's retaliatory strike against LTTE held areas. These attacks are a consequence of the escalating violence in the North and the East of the island, which has resulted in the deaths of over 100 people, including at least 25 civilians, in the last three weeks.

02 Dec 2005 description

On the day the Communist Party of Nepal - Maoist, extended a unilateral ceasefire for one month, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) called on both sides to the conflict in Nepal to declare

17 Mar 2005 description

King Gyanendra has abandoned the rule of law and deepened the conflict in Nepal since assuming direct power and suspending almost all rights under a state of emergency, said the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) after returning from an emergency mission to Nepal led by the ICJ Secretary-General Nicholas Howen.

The ICJ urged India, the US, the United Kingdom and other states at the UN Commission on Human Rights meeting in Geneva 14 March to 22 April to work together and urgently respond to the human rights crisis.

14 Mar 2005 description

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) begins a four-day high-level mission today to assess the impact of the state of emergency on the human rights situation, specifically allegations of human rights violations perpetrated against human rights defenders, civilians and student and political leaders in Kathmandu and in the districts and to discuss with the government avenues through which to they could address the deepening human rights crisis.

31 Jan 2005 description


Attherequestofthechildrenrights'organizationDefenceforChildren International,PalestineSection (DCI- PS), the Swedish section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) appointed us asdelegates/trial observers in the West Bank.

28 Jan 2005 description

At the end of its ten-day mission to Colombia, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) presents its preliminary conclusions on the current process of demobilization of paramilitary groups and on the consequences of the "democratic security" policy on human rights, the administration of justice and the rule of law.

31 Dec 2004 description


"Un día se presentaron al Emperador dos granujas que se hicieron pasar por tejedores y dijeron que sabían tejer la tela imaginarse y que el traje hecho con aquel material tenía la virtud de ser invisible para todos aquellos que fueran indignos del cargo que ocupaban, o solemnemente estúpidos.


[T]odos los que lo veían desde la calle o desde las ventanas exclamaban: -¡Qué [...]

Nadie quería que los demás su estupidez o su incapacidad para el cargo que -¡Pero si -¡Santo -dijo su padre.

Y se produjo un gran rumor, pues todos se decían unos a …

06 Aug 1996 description

UN Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities 48th Session - 5 - 30 August 1996 Agenda item 6