GENEVA (22 March 2011) – “From security to the freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression, the Government of Bahrain has ignored key human rights commitments made a month ago,” warned Tuesday a group of UN independent experts*. “These promises have been broken, and the authorities have embarked on a path of multiple human rights violations amidst a dramatic deterioration of peace and security in the country.”

“In light of the discrepancies between reality and expectations, the Government’s commitments are in question,” the experts said recalling two official statements in response to condemnations by the UN human rights chief and experts in relation to the crackdown against peaceful protestors: ‘The Government of Bahrain’s immediate priority is to keep peace and security’ and ‘The people are now able to demonstrate freely on the Pearl Roundabout and can continue to do so.’ (more…)


18 March 2011 – The Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission), Honorable Commissioner Reine Alapini-Gansou, will be leading a high level Delegation to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The objective of the joint promotion mission is two pronged:

· firstly, to promote the African Charter, exchange views, and share experiences with the Government of the DRC, and the major human rights stakeholders in the country on how to enhance the

enjoyment of human rights in the country; and

· secondly, to identify progress and challenges, and follow up on various reports/information before the African Commission regarding the human rights situation in the DRC. (more…)


Washington, D.C., 8 de marzo de 2011 – La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) expresa su preocupación ante las amenazas contra organizaciones de defensa de los derechos humanos en Colombia proferidas por un grupo ilegal denominado “Águilas Negras”.

Según la información recibida, docenas de organizaciones de derechos humanos de Colombia recibieron una amenaza de muerte por escrito, firmada por el “Bloque Central de las Águilas Negras”, en que se anuncia que “llegó la hora de exterminar y aniquilar a todas las personas y organizaciones que se hacen pasar por defensoras de derechos humanos”. Algunas de las personas y organizaciones amenazadas cuentan con medidas cautelares de la CIDH, incluyendo miembros de la Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas, MOVICE, SINALTRAINAL, MINGA, Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo (CCAJAR), CODHES y Corporación Jurídica Yira Castro, así como Hollman Morris y Claudia Julieta Duque. (more…)