Perú: Justice System must comply with the decision of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that orders Peru to abstain from pardoning Alberto Fujimori

01 Dec 2023   |   Press Release
In light of the recent publication of the resolution issued by the Peruvian Constitutional Court in the habeas corpus process that seeks the release of Alberto Fujimori Fujimori, based on a 2017 presidential pardon, the undersigned international organizations note that the Peruvian State has the obligation to comply with the decisions of the Inter-... More

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to hold hearing on enforced disappearances in El Salvador

01 Nov 2023   |   Press Release
The IACHR will receive information from civil society organizations on disappearances perpetrated by gangs and State agents in the context of the State of Exception.  The organizations will request that the IACHR continuously monitor the situation and El Salvador to ratify international conventions, improve search processes for disappear... More

Mexico Should Address Criminalization of Human Rights Defenders

27 Sep 2023   |   Press Release
Download PDF version here.   National Human Rights Commission should address undue investigation of three recognized human rights defenders by the Attorney General’s Office.   The undersigned organizations express our deep concern at the continuing lack of accountability for acts of criminalization, includin... More

International organizations condemn parliamentary attack against the National Board of Justice in Peru

08 Sep 2023   |   Press Release
Download the press release in PDF here. The undersigned international organizations, dedicated to the promotion and defense of the rule of law and human rights in Latin America, express our condemnation of the repeated and improper use of legal mechanisms by the Peruvian Congress to attack the National Board of Justice (Junta Nacional de Just... More

Peru: International Organizations Urge the Peruvian State to Guarantee the Right to Peaceful Protest

18 Jul 2023   |   Press Release
Download PDF here.  In anticipation of the protests to be convened in Lima beginning July 19, the undersigned international human rights organizations urge the Peruvian state to fulfill its obligations to respect, facilitate, and protect Peruvian citizens’ peaceful exercise of the right to protest.  Amidst the institutional and hu... More

Guatemala: 196 Organizations urge the State of Guatemala to safeguard citizen participation and ensure the integrity of the electoral process

03 Jul 2023   |   Press Release
Download joint statement in PDF here.    The undersigned organizations that have followed the elections in Guatemala for the presidency of the Republic, deputies and mayors, are deeply concerned about the suspension by the Constitutional Court (CC) of the official results of the voting held on June 25.    The Supreme E... More

Venezuela: Upcoming Elections Provide an Important Opportunity but the Lack of Guarantees Deepens Concerns

06 Jul 2023   |   Press Release
Download joint statement in PDF here.   The 2024 presidential elections and 2025 regional, local and legislative elections present a crucial opportunity for the reinstitutionalization of Venezuela’s democracy and rule of law and for the normalization of its relations with the international community. The current crisis reached cr... More

Honduras: Nominating Board must guarantee independence and transparency in election of Attorney General

01 Jun 2023   |   Press Release
Download joint statement here.   The National Congress of Honduras should follow constitutional requirements intended to guarantee transparency and integrity in the appointment of the attorney general and deputy attorney general, WOLA, LAWG, DPLF, RFKHR, CEJIL, and HRW said today.  The Honduran constitution requires that the attorney g... More

In memory of the life and legacy of Judge Thomas Buergenthal

30 May 2023   |   Press Release
DPLF joins many others in expressing our condolences to family and friends at the passing of Thomas Buergenthal, founder of our organization and dear friend, who dedicated his life to the defense of human rights, dignity, and the search for truth.   Considered one of the world's leading experts on international human rights law, Ju... More

Peru: International organizations support the IACHR recommendation to create an Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts to support investigations of serious human rights violations

15 May 2023   |   Press Release
  Washington, DC, May 15, 2023- On May 3, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) released the report, Situation of Human Rights in Peru in the Context of Social Protests, which concludes that serious human rights violations were committed in Peru in the context of the social protests that occurred between December 7, 2022 and J... More