The spring issue of the Human Rights Brief of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of the American University Washington College of Law (vol. 16, issue 4 (Spring 2009 Special Edition) contained an article by JBI Director Felice Gaer, “Transparency and Access of Independent Experts to All Places of Detention: Follow-Up Procedures.” The article was based on Gaer’s remarks at a conference organized by the AU Washington College of Law in February 2009. A copy of the issue is available here: Download HumanRightsBriefTorture
The next session of the UN Human Rights Council will take place in Geneva from September 14-October 2, 2015. The Council is expected to consider human rights conditions in countries including Syria, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Sudan, South Sudan, Burma, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ukraine, Somalia, and Cambodia. Council members will observe a panel discussion on the human rights situation in North Korea and hear an update on the work of the new office in Seoul established by the High Commissioner for Human Rights to follow up on the work of the 2013-2014 UN Commission of Inquiry on North Korea. They will also consider a report by the High Commissioner on human rights abuses perpetrated by the terrorist group Boko Haram and the reports of “special procedures” (independent experts and working groups) on thematic issues including arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, and contemporary forms of slavery. The Council will also consider the outcome of the second “Universal Periodic Review” of the human rights situation in a number of countries, including the United States. This will be the last session of the United States’ second three-year term of membership on the Council. Like all States that have served two consecutive terms, the United States is ineligible to serve on the Council next year, in 2016, but it has already indicated its intention to seek an additional three-year term beginning in 2017, elections for which will be held in autumn 2016.