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On the International Day of Commemoration of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide the International Community Must Act to End Ongoing Genocide Committed by ISIS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—December 9, 2016

[NEW YORK— Today the United Nations marks the second International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of the Crime. On this day, as we reflect on the legacy of genocide, yet again the international community is failing to take action in face of an ongoing genocide. ISIS is committing  genocide, including through acts of rape and sexual slavery, against the Yazidi and other ethnic minorities, and the world must take immediate action to stop these atrocities.

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OMCT & GJC Report to CAT: Sri Lankan laws condone torture of women and girls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—November 14, 2016

[NEW YORK and GEVENA (OMCT-GJC)] — Tomorrow, the Committee Against Torture (CAT), during its 59th session, will examine Sri Lanka’s fifth State party report. In October, the Global Justice Center (GJC) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) jointly submitted an alternative report focused on how Sri Lankan law violates the Convention Against Torture by banning abortion in most circumstances, and by authorizing rape in certain instances and child marriage.

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Global Justice Center’s Statement on the US Presidential Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—November 9, 2016

[NEW YORK, NY]

In response to the US Presidential Election, the Global Justice Center issues the following statement:

On Monday, the United States seemed to be on the precipice of not only electing its first female leader but an experienced and measured public servant who had dedicated her life to the promotion of human rights and gender equality.

Instead, yesterday, the United States became a part of a growing nationalist movement that we have seen on the rise around the world. We hope that the President-elect will hold himself to a higher standard than we have seen during his campaign which was marked by sexism, xenophobia, racism, discrimination and hatred. 

President-elect Trump has made promises and laid out a series of policies that are contrary to the fundamental tenants of the rule of law and human rights accepted by the international community.

Despite this major setback, The Global Justice Center will redouble its efforts to ensure peace, justice, and security. We will work  every day to enforce international laws that protect human rights and promote gender equality. 

Respect for the fundamental rights of all humans, regardless of their gender, religion, origin, skin color, sexual orientation, disability or political views is now more important than ever. Whether at home or abroad, we must ensure that our leaders are held accountable for their actions that are contrary to these fundamental principles.

Today, we mourn for the lost opportunity of a first female president of the United States.
Tomorrow, we get to work.

For more information, please contact:
Stephanie Olszewski, Communications Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +1.212.725.6530 ext. 211

Global Justice Center’s Statement on the Operation to Liberate Mosul

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—October 17, 2016

[NEW YORK, NY] - As the operation to liberate Mosul begins, all coalition actors should ensure that they uphold their obligations under international law to protect civilians and minimize the harm caused to them. Iraq is a party to the four Geneva Conventions of 1949, Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions and the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide. These treaties define how Iraqi forces, including the Peshmerga, must carry out military operations.

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Global Justice Center and Gender Equality Network Call on the Government of Myanmar to Fulfill Its Obligations to End Discrimination against Women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—July 1, 2016

[GENEVA] –  On July 7th, Myanmar’s implementation of its obligations to ensure gender equality will be reviewed by the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee). Myanmar ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1997, but this will be the first international women’s rights review of the country since the elections that brought Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) to power.

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