v. The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago - HLS
Advocates and the Global Justice Center partnered with
the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP on this amicus
curiae brief, submitted in Caesar v. The Republic
of Trinidad and Tobago, pending before the Court. The
brief argues that flogging with a cat-o-nine tails –
a plaited rope made of nine knotted thongs of cotton cord
approximately 30 inches long – standing alone or
with other abuses suffered, constitutes “torture”
under the American Convention on Human Rights and other
international law. The brief also agued in support of
the jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court of Human
Rights, which Trinidad and Tobago disputes.
the Peace in Haiti? - An International Human
Rights Clinic delegation traveled with a Brazilian NGO,
the Global Justice Center, to Haiti to document human
rights abuses that are taking place on MINUSTAH’s
watch. The Clinic and the Global Justice Center interviewed
victims and authorities as well as staff of MINUSTAH,
the United Nations, the police, and the current government.
In March 2005, CAP and the Global Justice Center released
this report, "Keeping
the Peace in Haiti?: An Assessment of the United Nations
Stabilization Mission in Haiti Using Compliance with its
Prescribed Mandate as a Barometer for Success."
on their findings.
of the Ahmadiyya Community in Bangladesh - Students
traveled to Bangladesh in March - April 2004 to research
incidents of abuse, speak with NGO activists, lawyers,
and government authorities for this report. The report,
of Faith: Persecution of the Ahmadiyya Community in Bangladesh,"
details the various events of violence and agitation against
the Ahmadiyya community and the government’s failure
to fulfill its obligation to protect the rights of the
Ahmadis to freely practice and profess their own religion.
San River Dams in Cambodia
The International Human Rights Clinic undertook a field
mission in the spring 2005 to investigate human rights
violations associated with dams in Vietnam and their effects
on communities living along the Se San River in Cambodia’s
northeast. The investigation led to the publication of
River, by the NGO Forum on Cambodia, and concluded
that over the past ten years dam operations have caused
numerous drowning deaths from water releases, as well
as reduced food availability and living standards generally--contravening
Vietnam's and Cambodia's international legal obligations.
African Apartheid Litigation - During the fall
2005 term, the Clinical Advocacy Project, working with
human rights lawyer Paul Hoffman, researched and briefed
issues for plaintiff-appellants
reply brief in the South African Apartheid litigation
currently on appeal with the 2nd Circuit.
on Failure: The U.S.-Canada Safe Third Country
Agreement Fifteen Months After Implementation - This report—which
is based on fact-finding visits in 2005 to three ports
of entry along
the United States-Canada border, follow-up interviews,
and additional research—provides information and
analysis of the preliminary impact of the STCA. The statistics
and observations collected from the fact-finding investigations
indicate that, fifteen months after implementation, the
STCA not only fails to accomplish its stated goal of securing
the border, but indeed makes the border less secure, endangering
the lives of refugee claimants and threatening the security
of the United States and Canada.