Honduras: Select Impartial, Credible Ombudsman

Honduras: Select Impartial, Credible Ombudsman

Human Rights Watch, 4 March 2014:

(Washington, DC) – The Honduran Congress should conduct a transparent, impartial, and participatory process for electing the country’s next human rights ombudsman, Human Rights Watch said today.
A new ombudsman must be chosen by March 14, 2014, when the current ombudsman’s six-year term ends. The ombudsman directs the National Human Rights [...]

Costa Rica Creates Legislation to Prevent Torture in Prisons

Costa Rica Creates Legislation to Prevent Torture in Prisons

 
18 February 2014 – Costa Rica’s president, Laura Chinchilla, today signed a law that legally establishes a national mechanism for the prevention of torture in prisons, which will be monitored by the Office of the Ombudsman.

“This is one more of the many actions of human rights that Costa Rica has established at the international level [...]

IRCT Issues Report: Using Human Rights Mechanisms to Promote the Prohibition of Torture

IRCT Issues Report: Using Human Rights Mechanisms to Promote the Prohibition of Torture

 
The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) has released two important guides for human rights defenders on how to use the UN human rights mechanisms to prohibit and prevent torture at the national level, including a specific guide related to the Committee Against Torture:
Engaging with State reviews in the UN Committee Against Torture: A [...]

NPM advisory visit to Honduras

NPM advisory visit to Honduras

From 30 April to 4 May 2012, the SPT conducted its first ever NPM-advisory mission to Honduras. The SPT is mandated by article 11.b) of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture to advise and assist national preventive mechanisms (NPM) in the evaluation of the needs and the means necessary to strengthen the protection [...]

Operation against the Chilean Institute for Human Rights

Operation against the Chilean Institute for Human Rights

Commentary by Tom Pegram (Project Co-Organizer)
An interesting debate has been occurring in the virtual pages of the Chilean broadsheet El Mercurio in recent days.  As I’ve discussed in this blog, the Chilean NHRI or Institute for Human Rights (INDH) since it was created in 2009 has quickly positioned itself as a vocal human rights advocate [...]