Seeking Justice in El Salvador: Progress in the El Mozote Case

11 May 2017   |   News
On Thursday, May 11, General José Guillermo García, the highest ranking military official indicted for the El Mozote massacre, must testify before Judge Jorge Guzmán Urquilla in a trial court of San Francisco Gotera, Morazán, El Salvador.   The crimes under investigation to... More

DPLF and IDHUCA present amicus brief before the criminal court in charge of the El Mozote case

05 Jun 2017   |   Press Release
On June 5, 2017, the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) and the Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (IDHUCA) presented an amicus brief before the criminal court in charge of the El Mozote case after the reopening of the investigations in September 2016. At the moment 18... More

Final Report of the Independent Panel for the Election of Commissioners to the IACHR

06 Jun 2017   |   Press Release
In recent years, calls for reforms to selection procedures have grown louder for international bodies, particularly those charged with the monitoring, interpretation, and application of international human rights and international humanitarian law. These initiatives aim to ensure that members selected for these bodies meet the qualifications requir... More

61 Venezuelan Civil Society Organizations urge their peers in the region to defend the validity of democracy and human rights in Venezuela

13 Jun 2017   |   News
The Venezuelan civil society organizations that endorse this document urge our peers in Latin America and the Caribbean to raise their voices in defense of democracy and human rights in our country. The rupture of the constitutional order, through rulings handed down at the end of March by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Tribunal of Justi... More

The murder of activist Miriam Rodríguez in Mexico highlights the dangers faced by mothers and families searching for their disappeared relatives

16 May 2017   |   Press Release
The Mexican government must guarantee protections for those who search for disappeared relatives and address the crisis of disappearances in the country On the night of May 10, which was Mother's Day in Mexico, Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez Martínez, a human rights defender and the mother of a disappeared daughter, was shot to death... More

Hearing: Violation to information access in extractive industries

26 Apr 2017   |   News
Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR), along with the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF), the Salvemos a Santo Domingo Movement, with the support of Centro Humboldt de Nicaragua;  Acción Ciudadana y Convergencia Social and of NGOs "Tezulutlán", with the support of communities organized in resistance and defence... More

Letter in support of the creation of a Canadian Extractive Sector Human Rights Ombudsperson

10 Mar 2017   |   News
DPLF sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, to express our support for the creation of an Extractive Sector Human Rights Ombudsperson. DPLF urged the Canadian government to ensure that the Ombudsperson’s office is independent and able to effectively investigate complaints of human rights violations by Canadian companie... More

New Publication: “Right to consultation and consent of the Indigenous, Quilombola, and Traditional Communities in Brazil”

03 Mar 2017   |   News
Brasilia and Washington D.C., March 3, 2017 The Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) and the Network of Cooperation for the Amazon (RCA, for its name in Portuguese) today launched a report entitled “Right to consultation and consent of the Indigenous, Quilombola, and Traditional Communities in Brazil.” The right to free, prior, and in... More

Guatemalan Congress must address indigenous justice, judicial selection in Constitutional Reforms

15 Feb 2017   |   News
Today the Guatemalan Congress was scheduled to vote on a proposed set of Constitutional reforms, which seek to address a range of issues including the status of indigenous justice systems (pluralismo juridico) and high court selection processes. These proposed reforms are based on a months-long civil society dialogue, led by CICIG and the Attorney... More

El Salvador to establish a National Commission for the Search of Disappeared Persons during the Armed Conflict

02 Feb 2017   |   News
In response to a long-standing call from civilian victims, on January 27 President Salvador Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador announced that his government will create a National Commission for the search of disappeared persons during the armed conflict, which took place between 1980 and 1992.  This is an historic decision that brings... More