Human rights

  • Suriname, Amnesty laws & the December Murder Trials

    April 16, 2012

    On Friday April 13th 2012, a Surinamese military court was expected to comment on a recently adopted controversial Amnesty bill in the case regarding the December Murders of 1982 in which Desiré Delano (Desi) Bouterse, the current President of the Republic of Suriname, is the prime suspect.

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  • Justice for Sale: Interview with documentary filmmakers, Ilse and Femke van Velzen

    April 2, 2012

    On March 27 2012, documentary filmmakers, Ilse and Femke van Velzen, showed their latest documentary about the Criminal Justice system in the Congo titled Justice for Sale at the Movies that Matter film festival in The Hague. The film documents the prosecution of a suspect accused of rape and the struggle of his lawyer for a Fair Trial and Due Process of Law in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DCR).

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  • “People must be able to look one another in the eye”. Plans of the Dutch Government to ban face-covering clothing.

    February 7, 2012

    The Dutch Government chose to ignore the advice of the Council of State concerning the ban on face-covering clothing. The Council of State, the advisory organ of the Government, heavily criticised the legislative proposal. First, the Council of State does not consider the complete ban as necessary and useful. Second, the Council of State is of the opinion that a ban on face covering clothing is an infringement of the freedom of religion.

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  • Minorities

    A minority refers to a category of people who experience relative disadvantage as compared to members of a dominant social group. Differences are concerned with specific characteristics or practices, such as ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or gender identity. A systematic approach of international protection of minority rights meant to protect group rights of homogenous populations within States began after the First World War. In later times the focus was on universal rights of individuals rather than on minorities.

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  • Human Rights - Research Guide International Law

    Human Rights

    Human Rights are basic rights and freedoms that every human being is entitled to, irrespective of his or her nationality, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, language, sexual orientation, place of residence or any other status. Human Rights are often expressed and ensured by law in the form of national legislation, international treaties, customary international law, general principles and other sources of international law. Human Rights entail both rights and obligations. States assume obligations and duties under international law to respect, to protect and to fulfil human rights.

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  • United Nations Security Council Statement on Syria

    August 4, 2011

    Yesterday, August 3, The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) issued a presidential statement in which it for the first time condemned the mass human rights abuses and use of force by the Syrian government against its population. The statement called for an end to the violence by all parties involved. Syria has been troubled by […]

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  • A Licence to Kill? The assassination of Osama Bin Laden: Has the USA gone too far in acting as a policeman or was the raid justified?

    May 17, 2011

    Osama Bin Laden (OBL) is dead. He was killed by a special ops team from the United States of America (USA), “after a firefight.” After OBL had been assassinated, the special team of SEALS took the deceased body of the dangerous mastermind terrorist and several hard drives from the compound in Abbottabad. Bin laden had been hiding there with his family for several years without being noticed. When the Pentagon researched the hard drives, it appeared that OBL had been planning new attacks, at least on several US cities and also on European locations. Upon hearing this news so many have sighed with relief that the secret services of the USA found out about these planned attacks before they could actually take place. Obama, President of the USA stated that “justice had been done” by executing OBL. But “what kind of justice” The assassination also led to a lot of questions and criticism: Was the raid justified?

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  • Is the right to self-determination of the entire population of Libya currently being violated by the Government of Gadhafi?

    April 21, 2011

    Is the right to self-determination of peoples applicable to the present revolution – or civil war – in Libya? Can one claim that a State with a dictatorial regime is violating the right to self-determination of its own population?

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  • Climate Change and Human Rights

    February 15, 2011

    On Friday 11 February 2011, the Dutch Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (NJCM), ICCO and Stand Up For Your Rights together organized a seminar on Climate Change and Human Rights. It took place at ICCO Headquarters in Utrecht, Netherlands. Below follows a brief impression of the seminar.

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  • The Nobel Peace Prize 2010: Liu Xiaobo

    November 16, 2010

    Foto scanpize reuters handout The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2010 to Liu Xiaobo for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has long held the view that human rights and peace are closely linked. Human rights are essential for […]

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