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News

HUMAN RIGHTS:

IACHR Expresses Concern over Executive Orders on Immigration and Refugees in the United StatesInter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The IACHR expresses deep concern regarding the executive orders on “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” and “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” both announced by the government of the United States on January 25, 2017, as well as the executive order on “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” signed on January 27, 2017. The implementation of these orders deepens the severe humanitarian crisis that affects all migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, and the IACHR urges the United States to rescind them. (February 1, 2017)

IACHR Continues Work on the Participatory Development of its Strategic Plan and Invites Civil Society to Regional ConsultationsInter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). According to the IACHR “[t]he new plan will serve as the IACHR’s primary institutional management tool and will establish priority mechanisms designed to help the IACHR successfully carry out its mission and confront current and future challenges involved in addressing and protecting human rights in the Americas”. (January 19, 2017)

Colombia is responsible for not preventing the Murder of a Human Rights Defender in Medellín, Colombia. Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR). Colombia is responsible for not preventing the murder of the human rights defender Ana Teresa Yarce, as well as for the illegal and arbitrary detention along with other defenders of the “Comuna” 13 in Medellín. The State was also convicted for failing to adopt the necessary measures to address the displacement of women human rights defenders, and for violating the judicial guarantees and the right to protection. (Judgment in Spanish only) (January 10, 2017)

 BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS:

Working Group surveys on the implementation of the Guiding Principles. United Nations Working Group on business and human rights. The UN Working Group on business and human rights is seeking information, through a questionnaire, for a study on “best practices and how to improve the effectiveness of cross-border cooperation between States with respect to law enforcement on the issue of business and human rights”. The questionnaire is available in English, French, and Spanish, and responses can also be submitted in those languages.