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CEDAW Issues a Historic Ruling in a Gender Violence Case

Gema Fernandez Rodriguez de Lievana 28th August 2014

In its recent ruling on the case of Ángela González, a Spanish gender violence survivor who fought for years to protect herself and her daughter Andrea, the CEDAW Committee found the Spanish State responsible for violating the CEDAW Convention. For 20 years, Ángela was in a violent relationship with her partner, the father of her […]

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Gays: a Prohibited Class in CARICOM?

Maurice Tomlinson 27th August 2014

In the western hemisphere, only 11 Caribbean states still criminalize private consensual adult same-gender intimacy.  Among these countries, Belize and Trinidad and Tobago also ban the entry of homosexuals.  In a pending case before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), in which I am the applicant, AIDS-Free World (AFW) initially asked the Jamaican government to […]

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A Guide to the Perpetuation of Human Rights Violations: Police Violence and Impunity in Brazil

Eloísa Machado de Almeida 26th August 2014

Police violence in Brazil is endemic. It frequently occurs at the time of arrest and during the collection of evidence, and is embedded in the daily practice of the police institution. Police violence also results in an alarming number of extrajudicial killings—in the State of Rio de Janeiro alone, 3029 people were killed by the […]

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The Missing Human Rights Impact Assessment of European Union Free Trade Agreements

Giovanni Gruni 21st August 2014

The European Union is pursuing a proactive policy to conclude free trade agreements with numerous countries around the world. The policy includes major trade partners of the EU such as the United States and Canada as well as emerging economies and developing countries in the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa. These free trade agreements regulate many areas […]

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Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine

Richard Verber 19th August 2014

Well over 300,000 people have been displaced from their homes due to the ongoing violence in Ukraine. We have seen two waves: the first displacement from the south of Ukraine began before the March referendum in Crimea, and the second from the east due to ongoing fighting between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists. The […]

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