GENEVA – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed shock and great sadness at the news of the death of one of the top human rights defenders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Floribert Chebeya Bahizire. Mr. Chebeya’s body was found on the outskirts of Kinshasa on Wednesday. Human rights organizations in Kinshasa reported his disappearance after he was summoned to police headquarters the previous day. (more…)

Tegucigalpa, Honduras, May 19, 2010 — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) visited Honduras May 15-18 to follow up on its on-site visit of August 2009 and its report Honduras: Human Rights and the Coup d’État. The delegation was composed of IACHR Chair Felipe González, First Vice-Chair Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Executive Secretary Santiago A. Canton, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression Catalina Botero, and staff of the Executive Secretariat.

The IACHR met with officials from all three branches of the State, human rights defenders, journalists, civil society representatives, and members of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It also met with representatives of the United Nations system in Honduras and with ambassadors from the Stockholm Declaration Follow-Up Group (G 16). The Commission’s report on the visit will be made public in the near future. (see press releases) | (more…)

GENEVA (12 May 2010) – A group of UN independent experts* warned about the deteriorating situation for human rights defenders in Mexico, strongly condemning the recent killing of human rights defender Ms. Beatriz Alberta (Bety) Cariño Trujillo and the international observer Mr. Tyri Antero Jaakkola in Oaxaca, south east Mexico. (more…)

OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR FOR FREEEDOM OF EXPRESSION CONDEMNS ATTACK IN OAXACA, MEXICO AND THE MURDER OF TWO SOCIAL ACTIVISTS, AND EXPRESSES SATISFACTION AT JOURNALISTS’ RESCUE

Washington, D.C., April 30, 2010visit press releases section – The Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) deplores the attack on a humanitarian convoy that occurred on April 27th, 2010 while the convoy made its way to the community of San Juan Copala in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.  Two persons were killed in the attack, several others were injured, and two journalists from the newsmagazine Contralínea remained trapped in the area controlled by the armed group responsible for the attack. After an operation by the security forces, the journalists were rescued. (more…)

P-002777-00-3Recommendations on enhancing the visibility of the work of human rights defenders and on providing EU emergency visas to enable them and their families to escape oppressive regimes are set out in a resolution drafted by Human Rights Subcommittee chair Heidi Hautala (Greens/EFA, FI) and approved by the Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. The resolution also strongly condemns the use of new surveillance technologies to keep tabs on human rights defenders in their home countries. (more…)

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