Resources and Publications

 

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

This Commentary offers suggestions to strengthen the commitment of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to adopting a gender-inclusive approach to its investigations, charging, prosecutions, and sentencing by identifying how the Prosecutor can operationalize examining the intersections between gender and other identities in understanding and responding to sexual and gender based crimes in conflict situations.

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This Working Paper reviews relevant international laws on accountability for sexual violence and concludes that international criminal justice offers the best prospects of redress, but that this potential has been seriously underutilized. Using Uganda as a case study, the paper lays the groundwork upon which to generate a legal reform agenda internationally.

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This report outlines a framework for implementation of California’s Human Right to Water law, which declares that all residents of the state have a right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water. The report calls on state agencies to address water challenges affecting diverse populations and identifies human rights principles—such as non-discrimination, public participation, and accountability—that should guide their efforts.

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This report- based on extensive legal research and in-depth interviews with government officials, advocates, and affected individuals- provides an in-depth look at the abuse and discrimination perpetrated against LGBT individuals in El Salvador and the precarious legal protections they are currently afforded.  It includes recommendations for policy reform, administrative action, and training and awareness to address the prevalence of violence, impunity and inequality.


 
This report analyzes the international legal framework regarding precautionary measures and compares the standards and practices of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to those of other human rights bodies.




This report urges Cambodia’s UN-backed tribunal to comply with international criminal justice practice and grant reparations to victims of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime.

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Report of the Global Consultation 
This report summarizes the most pressing issues advocates raised during a global consultation convened by the International Women’s Rights Action Watch (IWRAW)—Asia Pacific  and hosted by Women and Media Collective in Colombo, Sri Lanka on the issue of women and conflict. 

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In the Child's Best Interest! 
This policy brief finds that the U.S. has deported the lawful immigrant parents of nearly 88,000 citizen children in just a decade. The forced removal of lawful permanent resident parents (or green card holders) convicted of relatively minor crimes can lead to psychological harm, behavioral changes, and disruptions in the health and education of tens of thousands of citizen children.

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Truth Behind Bars 
This report calls on the United States to reform its policies and practices regarding the prosecutions of extradited Colombian warlords to better support Colombia’s efforts to hold these paramilitaries accountable for mass atrocities. Thirty former paramilitary fighters, including individuals implicated in terrorizing and killing thousands of innocent civilians, are currently in U.S. custody to face drug-related charges.

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Hippocratic Oath 
This website offers a variety of resources to help the public explore the roles that health professionals have played in the interrogation of detainees taken into U.S. custody since 9/11 and join a national debate about health ethics and torture.


 Protecting People and the Planet
This report calls on nations to address the human rights impacts of climate change policy. The report highlights the unintended consequences of climate change policies, and recommends that states adopt a program for action to develop policies that incorporate international human rights standards.

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Returning Home 
This policy paper recommends that the United States promote programs to assist former detainees released from the U.S. detention facility in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to reintegrate into their communities.  These programs should be an integral part of any comprehensive plan to close the camp.

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 Guantanamo and its Aftermath
This two-year systematic study of Guantánamo detainees developed a factual record of the long-term impact of U.S. detention practices on detainees during their confinement at the Guantánamo Bay facility and after their release from U.S. custody; assessed the perception of detainees on how their incarceration has affected their families and communities; and recommended appropriate U.S. government policies.

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This paper reviews the development of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) and analyzes problems it faces in prosecuting leaders of the Khmer Rouge for serious crimes committed under their regime (1975-1979). It concludes that the “success of the ECCC experiment will be determined largely by how the Cambodian people and Cambodian institutions respond to the tribunal”.

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This paper discusses the advantages of using international human rights institutions, standards, and advocacy techniques to improve conditions in unincorporated communities located in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

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This report confirmed anecdotal evidence that undocumented workers are being abused even as they provide critical help to rebuild New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. The study documented the vulnerability of undocumented workers, including reduced access to health care, wage discrepancy and unsafe working conditions.

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After the Tsuname 
Based on interviews conducted with tsunami survivors, government officials, human rights activists, and aid workers in five tsunami-affected countries , this report finds survivors continue to suffer inequities in aid distribution, human rights abuses, and the inability to have input into reconstruction planning and policy, and recommends concrete steps to address these issues.

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Unwelcome Guests 

This unique, interdisciplinary study utilizes demographic data as well as interviews to identify patterns of the forced migration and experiences of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent. The study indicates that those leaving the country are not afforded due process and frequently suffer abuses at the hands of government officials, and makes recommendations to improve the migration system.

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Access HIV Medicine 
This paper sets forth a human rights-based proposal to provide HIV medicines in Sri Lanka on behalf of the AIDS Coalition for Care, Education, and Support Services, a Sri Lankan non-governmental organization. The brief was submitted to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health and the World Bank in the context of a pending funding proposal from Sri Lanka before the international financial institution.

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Left Out 

This paper provides a comprehensive normative analysis of federal law regarding immigration and trafficking, as well as of federal, California, and local law on labor and employment, in order to identify gaps in protections for domestic workers. It also surveys strategies utilized by cities, countries, and international organizations to address the human rights struggles of domestic workers.

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Justice Accountability and Social Reconstruction 

This report examines the attitudes of this important group toward the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and domestic war crimes trials.

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