26 October 2010 – Participants: Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, Centro Nicaragüense de Derechos Humanos (CENIDH), Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos en Honduras (COFADEH), Unidad de Protección de Defensores y Defensoras de Derechos Humanos, Fundación de Estudios para la Aplicación del Derecho (FESPAD), Instituto de Estudios Comparados en Ciencias Penales de Guatemala (ICCPG), Centro de Derechos Ambiental y de los Recursos Naturales (CEDARENA), Centro de Investigación y Promoción de Derechos Humanos (CIPRODEH)


25 October 2010 – Petitioner: Centro para el Derecho Internacional Ambiental (CIEL) / Asamblea Departamental de Huehuetenango en Defensa de los Recursos Naturales Renovables y no Renovables (ADH) / Asociación de Organismos No Gubernamentales (ASONOG) / Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente (AIDA) / Centro de Incidencia Ambiental (CIAM) / Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental (CEMDA) / Comité en Solidaridad con el Pueblo de El Salvador (CISPES) / Coordinadora Nacional de Viudas de Guatemala (CONAVIGUA) / Frente de Defensa Miguelense (FREDEMI) / Fundación para el Debido Proceso Legal (DPLF) / Movimiento de Jóvenes Mayas (MOJOMAYAS) / Mesa Nacional frente la Minería Metálica / Red Mexicana de Afectados por la Minería, sección Chiapas / Waqib Kej


October 21, 2010 – The European Parliament,

– having regard to its resolution of 17 September 2009 on the murder of human rights activists in Russia(1) ,

– having regard to the award on 16 December 2009 of its Sakharov Prize to Oleg Orlov, Sergei Kovalev and Lyudmila Alexeyeva on behalf of the Human Rights Centre Memorial and all other human rights defenders in Russia,

– having regard to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the Russian Federation, which entered into force in 1997 and has been extended pending its replacement by a new agreement,

– having regard to the ongoing negotiations on a new agreement establishing a new, comprehensive framework for EU-Russia relations,

– having regard to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and the United Nations Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognised Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, (more…)


Washington, D.C., October 15, 2010 – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announces the schedule of hearings for the 140th Period of Sessions, which will take place from October 20 to November 5, 2010. The hearings will be held on October 25, 26, 28 and 29 in the General Secretariat Building of the Organization of American States (OAS), 1889 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.

The IACHR will give a press conference at the end of the 140th Period of Sessions, on Friday, November 5, at 12:00, local time in Washington, in the San Martin Room of the Main OAS Building (17th. Street NW at Constitution Ave.) The press conference will be Webcast, and questions may be send by e-mail to the IACHR Press Office.

Audio recordings of all public hearings will be posted on a dedicated page of the Commission’s Web site and the hearings held in the Padilha Vidal Room will be webcast on the OAS site. The Schedule of Hearings is published as an annex to this press release. (Open here the pdf version to print; read here details on interpretation and Webcast channels) (more…)


GENEVA (11 October 2010) – Four UN experts* today added their voices to those welcoming the decision of the Nobel Committee, on Friday, to award the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, and urged for his immediate release.

Liu Xiaobo participated in the Tiananmen Square demonstrations in Beijing in 1989, worked as a professor at Beijing Normal University, and co-authored the Charter 08 document which called for multiparty democracy and greater respect for human rights in the country.

“Liu Xiaobo is a courageous human rights defender who has continuously and peacefully advocated for greater respect for human rights in the People’s Republic of China. We welcome the recognition of his work,” stated the experts. (more…)