The Delegation of the European Union to China is concerned by the increasing use of arbitrary detention against human rights defenders, lawyers and activists in China.Our attention has been brought lately to the case of Ai Weiwei, a well-known artist who reportedly went missing at the weekend after attempting to board a plane to Hong Kong.We call on the Chinese authorities to refrain from using arbitrary detention under any circumstances.

In Beijing on 05 April 2011


GENEVA (1 April 2011) – A group of UN human rights experts warned Friday about the serious human rights violations in Côte d’Ivoire, including enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, killing and maiming of children, and sexual violence.

Giving their full support to the Security Council resolution 1975*, adopted this week, the independent experts said that what is happening in the country may be tantamount to international crimes, of which the International Criminal Court may take action.

“I strongly condemn the killing of civilians, they are bearing the brunt of the on-going violence,” stressed the Special Rapporteur on arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns. “According to witnesses, civilians are being killed for expressing affiliation with particular political parties or killed in retaliation. Such actions are deplorable and must cease. It is the responsibility of both parties to the on-going crisis to ensure that they do not target civilians.” (more…)


During this period of sessions, the IACHR decided to establish an Office of the Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, in view of the petitions it has received and in the interest of giving greater visibility to the role that human rights defenders and justice operators have in building a democratic society in which the rule of law is in full effect. The Rapporteur is Commissioner José de Jesús Orozco Henríquez. The IACHR also made the decision to give special thematic emphasis to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex persons (LGBTI)“. Click here to see the Press Release in its entirety


Participants: Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez (PRODH), Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (CMDPDH), Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles de Derechos Humanos “Todos los Derechos para Todas y Todos” (REDTDT), Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos en Honduras (COFADEH), Programa Venezolano de Educación–Acción en Derechos Humanos (PROVEA), Corporación Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo, Unidad de Protección de Defensores y Defensoras de Derechos Humanos (UDEFEGUA), Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos (APRODEH), Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Universidad Centroamericana (IDHUCA), Fundación Regional de Asesoría en Derechos humanos (INREDH), Consultoría para los Derechos Humanos y el Desplazamiento (COHDES), Amnesty International, Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (IDHUCA), Centro de Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres de Chihuahua , Comité de Defensa integral de Derechos Humanos “Gobixha”, AC. , Amazon Watch
Countries: Regional
Topics: Human Rights Defenders

Participants: Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), State of Guatemala, Unidad de Protección de Defensores y Defensoras de Derechos Humanos (UDEFEGUA), Instituto de Estudios Comparados en Ciencias Penales de Guatemala (ICCPG)

Countries: Guatemala

Topics: Human Rights Defenders