In a sad, predictable exercise China and Russia voted down a UNSC resolution to temporarily halt the bloodletting in Syria. One country from the hemisphere backed the China-Russia position; one did not.
In our second report, Global Americans finds that some governments have followed China and Russia in restricting civil society, while another toes a liberal line internationally as it cracks down on human rights groups domestically. Guess which ones.
Congresistas del PT solicitaron medidas cautelares a la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH), para que suspenda el impeachment contra Rousseff. Irónicamente, la mandataria había cancelado los aportes a la OEA luego de que la CIDH emitiera medidas cautelares contra una hidroeléctrica.
It didn’t seem like much at first—the vote to approve the agenda at June 23 meeting of the OAS Permanent Council. But behind the scenes, Venezuela had been trying to head off a discussion over the state of its democracy. It lost, and with some interesting defections.
In addition to bringing in an all-white male cabinet, Brazilian interim president Michel Temer has made his priorities clear as he downgrades the importance of human rights and looks to end constitutional spending requirements on health and education.
A little-known UN Committee recently denied consultative status to the NGO Committee to Protect Journalists, another example of the growing trend of authoritarian governments extending their intolerance for human rights and civil society to a global level.