March 26, 2012
On March 20, the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic presented oral testimony to the U.N. Human Rights Committee about human rights abuses in Guatemala. The testimony was based on a shadow report that IWHR authored with organizations including MADRE, Women’s Link Worldwide, Muixil, an indigenous women’s NGO from Guatemala, and other organizations.
Lauren Dasse (’12), Blakeley Decktor (’12), Rebecca Pendleton (’12), Kelly Fay Rodriguez (’12), and Ana Ceto Chavez from Muixil urged the Human Rights Committee to address issues relating to violence against women, the treatment of women in maquiladoras, prison conditions, access to justice for indigenous women, and attacks on human rights defenders.
From left: Brad Parker, IWHR Clinic Fellow; Blakeley Decktor ('12); Rebecca Pendleton ('12); Johanna Ramirez, Asociación Trans Reinas de la Noche; Ms. Zonke Majodina, Chair and Member of the UN Human Rights Committee; Kelly Fay Rodriguez ('12); Ana Ceto Chavez, Coordinator of Muixil; and Lauren Dasse ('12)
CUNY Law’s IWHR Clinic is widely recognized for its expertise and contributions to gender jurisprudence and practice of human rights. With domestic or international partners, the clinic engages international and regional human rights and other law- and policy-making institutions to redefine and implement human rights to stop gender and sexualized violence, and to advance reproductive and sexual rights, economic and social rights, and women’s participation generally.