On 6 October 2020, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights made public its judgement on “Case of Martínez Esquivia v. Colombia. Preliminary Objections, Merits, Reparations and Costs. Judgment of October 6, 2020. Series C No. 412”. The judgement, in its footnote 90, refers to the report A/HRC/44/47 released by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Mr. Diego García Sayán, in which he acknowledged the Human Rights Clinic (HRC) of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) for its considerable support in the research and drafting of the report.
Since January 2017, the HRC, through its project “Independence of Judges and Lawyers”, has been providing human resources for research and drafting of the report. The important contribution has been acknowledged expressly by the UNSR in each of his reports presented to the UN Human Rights Council and the General Assembly. Due the success of the project, the HRC workload and responsibilities have been increased overtime. The project of HRC at the uOttawa HRREC has provided support for the Special Rapporteur across the full range of his activities, i.e. his full mandate.
As a special procedure of the UN system for the protection and promotion of human rights, the Special Rapporteur: undertakes and reports upon country visits; acts on selected individual cases/allegations, and addresses concerns of a broader, structural nature through direct communications with States; conducts thematic studies and convenes expert consultations, developing international standards, engaging in advocacy, and raising public awareness; and provides advice and assistance for technical cooperation with States. The Special Rapporteur reports annually to the UN Human Rights Council and to the General Assembly.
Read the Judgement of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (PDF in Spanish) and the UNSR Report in English (PDF) and in French (PDF).