I.V. v. Bolivia: Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic & Women Enabled International Amicus Brief (May 10, 2016)
The Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic and Women Enabled International submitted an amicus brief to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in I.V. v. Bolivia. The brief argues that forced sterilization constitutes cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and can constitute torture.
Comparative Analysis: Syrian Women’s Groups’ and Advocates’ Recommendations to the UN CEDAW Committee and the Committee’s 2014 Concluding Observations to the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic (2015)
This Analysis compared the Syrian women’s groups’ recommendations to the CEDAW Committee for the review of the second periodic report of the Syrian Arab Republic at its 58th Session in July 2014, with the resultant Concluding Observations of the Committee to the Government. It aims to highlight the Committee’s recommendations and proposed implementations measures that support the Syrian women’s suggestions, and to identify gaps in the Committee’s Concluding Observations to the Syrian Government.
The IWHR Clinic and co-counsel Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer authored an Amicus Brief for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and nine local and national Latino/a organizations in the case Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, which is scheduled to be argued before the Supreme Court in spring 2016. The brief rests on the internationally recognized principle that states cannot create impediments that practically deny women access to the healthcare to which they have a recognized right. The brief provides international authorities for this bedrock human rights principle and then describes the impact of H.B. 2 on the 2.5 million Latinas of reproductive-age in Texas. Texas Latinas already face significant challenges in accessing healthcare. For these women, the scarcity of appointments, increased wait times, cost and travel distances resulting from clinic closures will be a substantial, and in many cases insurmountable, obstacle to accessing legal abortion services. The brief ends by documenting that where women lack access to legal abortion services, there is an increased rate of illegal and unsafe abortions, creating risks to women’s health.
Seeking Accountability and Demanding Change: A Report on Women’s Human Rights Violations in Iraq (October 2015) <pdf>
This report is focused on six main areas of concerns on the rights of women and girls in Iraq, including the prevalence of gender-based violence, impunity for human rights violations against women and girls, and discriminatory legal provisions. It put forward a series of specific actionable recommendations for the State of Iraq to ensure adequate compliance with its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The report is aimed to supplement the fifth periodic report submitted by Iraq to UN Human Rights Committee for its review of Iraq during the 115th Session in October 2015.
This report addresses urgent areas of concern related to the status of human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons in Iraq and documented violations committed against these individuals under several articles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Moreover, the report also offered a series of recommendations for the Government of Iraq on concrete measures the State can take to fully uphold and protect the rights of LGBT persons in the country. The report supplements information the Government of Iraq provided in its fifth periodic report to the Human Rights Committee for its review of Iraq during its 115th Session in October 2015.
This 18-page briefing paper, documents violence and serious human rights abuses against LGBT individuals perpetrated by relatives, vigilantes, ISIS and other militias, as well as by State security forces. It also provides a series of recommendations aimed at Iraqi authorities, foreign embassies, relief organizations, donor countries and others on effective measures that can be taken to protect the lives of LGBT Iraqis. This report was based in part on the IWHR Clinic’s documentation and investigation. This publication was released shortly after the fall of Mosul during a time of extreme volatility nationwide. Given the immediate safety concerns for the international documenters IWHR Clinic chose to remain anonymous in this report for safety reasons. As the situation has stabilized, IWHR Clinic has re-emerged in its visibility as a collaborator on this publication.
This report compiled by the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), MADRE and IGLHRC with the assistance of the IWHR Clinic, contains first-hand accounts of anti-LGBT violence and discrimination from five Iraqis. The report reveals violence from the government, family members, acquaintances and community members. The report aims to bring greater awareness about life as an LGBT individual in Iraq. This publication was released shortly after the fall of Mosul during a time of extreme volatility nationwide. Given the immediate safety concerns for the international documenters IWHR Clinic chose to remain anonymous in this report for safety reasons. As the situation has stabilized, IWHR Clinic has re-emerged in its visibility as a collaborator on this publication.
This report was written in collaboration with the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), MADRE, and IGLHRC. It documents urgent areas of concern related to the torture of LGBT people in Iraq for the UN Committee Against Torture review of Iraq, held in July 2015. Information on human rights violations in this report was gathered through field interviews and documentation of personal testimonies in late 2014 and early 2015 by local Iraqi women’s organizations and the IWHR Clinic at CUNY Law School and is supplemented by reports from news agencies and human rights organizations. The report concludes with a set of specific recommendations for advancing the Iraqi government’s compliance with its obligations under the CAT. Arabic version is available by request.
Seeking Accountability and Demanding Change: A Report on Women's Human Rights Violations in Iraq under the UN Convention Against Torture <pdf>
This report was written in collaboration with the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), MADRE, and IGLHRC. It documents urgent areas of concern related to the torture and discrimination of women for the UN Committee Against Torture review of Iraq, held in July 2015. The report documents violations committed against victims of trafficking, and gender-based violence, including attempted honor killings and domestic violence in Iraq, under numerous articles of the Convention. Furthermore, the report puts forth specific recommendations to the Iraqi government on measures for enhancing compliance with its obligations under the Convention, and providing redress to the victims of the abuses. Arabic version is available by request.
- Purvi Patel v. Indiana, Amici Curiae Brief (October 2, 2015) <pdf>
- Criminalization of Trafficking Victims, Submission to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of United States of America, April-May 2015 <pdf>
- Children in Adult Jails and Prisons, Shadow Report to the U.N. Committee Against Torture, September 2014 <pdf>
- Criminalization of Minority Youth: Youth Criminally Tried and Incarcerated as Adults, Shadow Report to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, June 2014 <pdf>
- F.S. v. Chile, Amici Curiae Brief, April 2014 <pdf>
- Seeking Accountability and Demanding Change: A Report on Women's Human Rights Violations in Syria Before and During the Conflict <pdf>
- Clearing the Slate: Seeking Effective Remedies for Criminalized Trafficking Victims <pdf>
- Incarceration of Youth Under Age 18 in Adult Jails, Letter to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, February 2014 <pdf>
- Gender-related Aspects of Racial Discrimination in the Context of Reproductive Rights, Letter to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, January 2014 <pdf>
- From Forced Sterilization to Forced Psychiatry: Report on Violations of the Human Rights of Women with Disabilities and Transgender Persons in Colombia <pdf>
- Submission to the CEDAW Committee regarding Colombia (sexual violence & disabilities), February 2013 <pdf>
- Submission re Haiti, for the UN Commission on the Status of Women, March 2013 Meetings <pdf>
- Submission to Human Rights Committee Secretariat regarding Criminalization of Trafficking Survivors (August 2013)
- Supplement to December 2012 ACLU/IWHR submission regarding incarceration of youth in adult prisons in violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights <pdf>
- Submission to Human Rights Committee re: U.S. (youth in prisons), December 2012 <pdf>
- Submission to Human Rights Committee re: U.S. (trafficking), December 2012 <pdf>
- State of Mississippi v. Buckhalter, Amici Curiae Brief, December 2012 <pdf>
- Atala v. Chile, Amici Curiae Brief, August 2012
- Submission to Human Rights Committee regarding Guatemala, February 2012
- Submission regarding Haiti, for the UN Commission on the Status of Women March 2012 Meetings
- Submission to Human Rights Committee regarding Haiti (GBV), April 2012
- Report: Struggling to Survive: Sexual Exploitation of Displaced Women and Girls in Port au Prince, Haiti, January 2012 <pdf>
- Submission to the Committee Against Torture re Philippines, March 2012 <pdf>
- Submission to Human Rights Committee regarding Haiti (LGBT), April 2012
- Submission to UPR Working Group regarding the Philippines, February 2012
- Summary Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review of the Philippines, 13th Session of the UPR Working Group of the Human Rights Council <pdf>
- Submission to the Human Rights Committee regarding the Philippines, December 2011 <pdf>
2010 and earlier
- Gibbs v. State of Mississippi, Amici Curiae Brief, November 2010
- Request for Precautionary Measures to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) regarding Haiti, October 2010
- Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Decision, Women and Girls Victims of Sexual Violence Living in 22 Internally Displaced Persons Camps, Precautionary Measures No. MC-340-10, December, 2010
- Memo to Special Representative Walter Kalin regarding Haiti, October 2010
- IWHR Report: Gendered Housing Perspective, Fall 2009