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Perspectivas / Perspectives

Mexico: Civilian Observation Mission records human rights violations in the context of the Isthmus Interoceanic Corridor mega project

  • 23 national and international civil society organizations document various human rights violations related to the megaproject
  • The majority of attacks occur against members of indigenous peoples and communities; the Navy and the National Guard are mainly responsible for the violence.  Isthmus Interoceanic Corridor mega project

On 27 July, the Civil Observation Mission that began on 25 July in the region of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico with the objective of documenting human rights violations and attacks against human rights defenders and communities in the context of the mega-project known as the Interoceanic Corridor of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (CIIT), concluded its work.

Twenty-three national and international civil society organizations and eight journalists from national and international media participated in the Observation Mission. During the three-day tour, they visited affected people and communities in the northern region at the "Tierra y Libertad" camp in Mogoñé Viejo, Oaxaca, the Development Zone in Santa María Mixtequilla, and the community members attacked in Santa Cruz Tagolaba and Puente Madera.

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IDU: Resolution tabled by the Swedish Moderate Party about Political Prisoners in Russia, Belarus & Georgia

The International Democrat Union (IDU) is Headquartered in Munich, Germany. The IDU consists of 84 full and associate members from 65 countries.


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The International Democrat Union notes with great concern the increasing number of political prisoners around the world. We are especially concerned and wish to highlight a number of political prisoners belonging to our political family and to our network in Europe. They are close friends of the International Democrat Union and their imprisonments are unjust and unlawful. Their imprisonment also threatens their health and life.

We are concerned with the unlawful and long prison sentences of the Russian opposition politicians and activists Vladimir Kara-Murza, Alexei Navalny, and Ilya Yashin.

Political prisoners Russia, Belarus, GeorgiaIn Belarus, we are concerned with the sentence of the leader of the United Civic Party, Mikalai Kazlou. We are similarly concerned with the unlawful imprisonment of Artsem Liabedzka, who is awaiting a court decision in the Volodarskogo prison in Minsk.

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Forthcoming judgment on Glukhin v. Russia (Case no. 11519/20 before the European Court of HHRR)

Standards in relation to the right to privacy and family life

There is an important set of international standards applicable to biometric technologies in relation to the right to private and family life, including data protection. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in his report on the right to privacy in the digital age highlighted the concerns over the use of biometric data, its potential to be “gravely abused” and States embarking on biometrics-based projects without “adequate legal and procedural safeguards in place.” (UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, The right to privacy in the digital age, A/HRC/39/29, 3 August 2018, para 14.) The report recommends that States, inter alia, “[e]nsure that data-intensive systems, including those involving the collection and retention of biometric data, are only deployed when States can demonstrate that they are necessary and proportionate to achieve a legitimate aim.” (Ibid., para 61)


The applicant, Nikolay Sergeyevich Glukhin, is a Russian national who was born in 1985 and lives in Moscow.

The case concerns the authorities’ use of facial recognition technology against Mr. Glukhin following his holding a solo demonstration in the Moscow underground on 23 August 2019. He had in particular been identified, located, and arrested after traveling with a life-size cardboard figure of Konstantin Kotov, a protestor whose case had caused a public outcry and attracted widespread attention in the media, holding a banner that said, “I’m facing up to five years … for peaceful protests”.

The applicant complains that his ensuing administrative conviction for failing to notify the authorities of his protest breached his rights under Articles 10 (freedom of expression) and 11 (freedom of assembly and association) of the Convention. In addition, relying on Articles 6 (right to a fair trial) and 8 (right to respect for private life), he complains that the proceedings were unfair because there was no prosecuting party and that facial recognition technology had been used in the processing of his personal data

Dominican Institution Responds to UN Expert’s Statements on Haitian immigrants' human rights

Duartian Institute declares on Haitian immigration Santo Domingo, June 30.– The Duartian Institute (Instituto Duartiano) of the Dominican Republic today referred to the request made by Mr. William O'Neill, an independent expert of the United Nations (UN), on the human rights situation in Haiti.

According to the Caribbean institution, the statement does not apply to the Dominican Republic. "Because for us, the deportations of undocumented and illegal Haitians are part of an action in extremis in legitimate defense of its existence as a sovereign nation," the organization said in a statement.

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El Supremo de EE.UU. acaba con décadas de discriminación positiva en las universidades

US Supreme Court seal Washington DC, Jun.30.– En un fallo de consecuencias enormes para la educación pública y privada en Estados Unidos, la Corte Suprema de este país falló este jueves que «un estudiante debe ser tratado en base a sus experiencias como individuo, no en función de su raza». Esa frase supone el final de los programas de discriminación positiva, o acción afirmativa en jerga educativa norteamericana, que desde los años 60 del siglo XX han garantizado cupos a estudiantes de raza negra e hispana para compensar los daños de la discriminación racial.

Según este fallo, que revoluciona el sistema de ingreso en la universidad y que emana de demandas en la universidad privada de Harvard y pública de Carolina del Norte, porque estas No discriminación en la educación«han concluido, erróneamente, que la identidad de una persona no son los desafíos superados, las habilidades adquiridas o las lecciones aprendidas, sino el color de su piel». El juez Roberts, presidente del Supremo, que en EE.UU. cumple funciones de constitucional, afirma en el fallo: «La historia constitucional no tolera esa decisión».

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