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“The Advocates for Human Rights, You Have The Floor…”

The location is Geneva, Switzerland, on the floor of the United Nations Human Rights Council in the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room at the Palais des Nations. I … Continue reading

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Is It Just a Piece of Paper that Makes Someone an American?

Jose Antonio Vargas painted a stark picture of what it means to live life as an undocumented immigrant when he spoke to a packed crowd at Tuesday’s “Out of the … Continue reading

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Out of the Mouths of The Advocates

When Human Rights expert Margo Waterval questioned the delegation from Croatia, I recognized her words; they came directly from The Advocates for Human Rights’ “one-pager.” Astonished, I turned around to … Continue reading

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African Commission Urges Cameroon to End LGBTI Discrimination

Last month, Cameroonian human rights defender Alice Nkom traveled to London with a plea: “I need everyone because right now, I am a little isolated. It’s on occasions like this … Continue reading

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Volunteer Relishes First-hand Experience Working at U.N.

A volunteer for human rights, or more accurately for The Advocates for Human Rights with whom I first became acquainted in the late 90’s when I joined The Advocates to … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Sharon Rice Vaughn

Dear Friends, What a great privilege to have known Sharon Rice Vaughan. She was an amazing teacher, and one of the greatest examples of a servant leader I have ever … Continue reading

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Driver’s Licenses for All

The Minnesota legislature is set to consider a proposal that would decouple immigration status from driver’s license eligibility. This important proposal restores Minnesota law to its pre-2003 state and returns … Continue reading

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No change, no hope, says Texas judge — but he doesn’t have the final word on immigration

On February 17, Texas federal district court judge Andrew Hanen issued a preliminary injunction to stop immigration changes. That’s an order saying the government may not proceed with expanded Deferred … Continue reading

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Federal Court Enjoins Detention of Central American Mothers and Children

A federal court has enjoined the Department of Homeland Security from detaining Central American mothers and children for the purpose of deterring future immigration. While the order in the case … Continue reading

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  Each year, the quilt club I belong to sets a theme for the quilts we create for our annual exhibit at Glad Creations, Inc., a Minneapolis quilt shop. “Stripes” … Continue reading

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The Answer to Preventing Atrocities: Human Rights Education

If you ever wonder what you can do about human rights violations taking place in your community or around the world, I challenge you – on this World Day of … Continue reading

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Death Penalty: Volunteers Assist Global Partners with UN Advocacy

  While the use of death penalty is decreasing worldwide, 22 countries carried out executions and 57 imposed death sentences in 2012. Execution methods range from lethal injection to the … Continue reading

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Human Rights Tools for a Changing World

The Advocates for Human Rights’ Executive Director Robin Phillips is in London today speaking about The Advocates’ human rights monitoring work at the International Bar Association’s colloquium on “Rule of … Continue reading

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More slaves today than at any other time in history

There are more slaves today than at any point in history. They labor in fields and factories, under brutal “owners” who threaten violence if they try to escape. They work … Continue reading

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Je Suis Charlie & The Right To Freedom of Expression

By Jennifer Prestholdt This week in Paris, 12 people were killed in a brutal attack on the office of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Among those who lost their lives … Continue reading

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“As a white person, we have to listen”

Grammy-winning rapper Macklemore’s levelheaded comments about race in an interview on New York City’s Hot 97 caught my attention. Consider this snippet: “If there’s anything positive that has come out … Continue reading

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2014’s Lesson: Take Action. Lives Depend on It.

December has been a terrible month for human rights—from the U.S. Senate’s report confirming the use of torture, to the slaughter of Pakastani school children, to two grand jury decisions … Continue reading

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“He could take her away from us”

I watched someone close to me become a victim of the horrific cycle of domestic violence. Her name is Kavita. “My fiancé took out his anger on me,” she said. … Continue reading

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End the Imprisonment of Children & Mothers

Yesterday, The Advocates for Human Rights and more than 120 national and regional organizations wrote to President Obama opposing this week’s opening of the Dilley, Texas family detention center.  While … Continue reading

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14-year-old Exonerated after Execution

When he was executed 70 years ago in South Carolina, 14-year-old George Stinney Jr. was so small he had to sit on a stack of books on the electric chair … Continue reading

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Egypt Waiting for U.S. Citizen Mohamed Soltan to Die

“Mohamed died, and came back to life,” said a nurse earlier this month while attending to the care of U.S. citizen and Ohio State University graduate Mohamed Soltan, who has … Continue reading

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Pharmacists’ Participation in Executions

The Advocates for Human Rights’ Rosalyn Park, the organization’s director of research and acting director of its Women’s Human Rights Program, testified yesterday, December 10, 2014 (coincidentally International Human Rights … Continue reading

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Torture Done in Our Name

The long-secret “torture report” from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is out. Sort of. The full report, still classified, is 6700 pages of “comprehensive and excruciating detail.” What we … Continue reading

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Official Statement to U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Keep Families Together

Below is The Advocates for Human Rights’ official statement submitted to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, December 10 (International Human Rights Day), 2014. Hearing on Keeping Families … Continue reading

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Immigration Officers Illegally Deporting People

Maria de la Paz, a U.S. citizen, was deported when the immigration agent who interviewed her assumed she was not born in the United States because she couldn’t speak to him in … Continue reading

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UN Experts Concerned over Outcome of Michael Brown and Eric Garner Cases

GENEVA (5 December 2014) – A group of United Nations experts on minority issues, racism, people of African descent, the right to peaceful assembly, and on extrajudicial executions have expressed … Continue reading

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“I Can’t Breathe”

Eric Garner’s final words: “Get away [garbled] for what? Every time you see me, you want to mess with me. I’m tired of it. It stops today. Why would you…? … Continue reading

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Bill Sets to Block President’s Immigration Action

Today the House of Representatives takes up H.R. 5759, the “Prevent Executive Amnesty Act.” Don’t feel bad if you’ve not heard of this bill. Introduced just two days ago, the … Continue reading

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Never Give Up: #Ferguson and the Morning After

What can any one person do in the face of #Ferguson and grief over a child’s death and despair over a country’s continuing racism and failure? What can any white … Continue reading

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HIV/AIDS and Violence Against Women

The risk of contracting HIV increases approximately 50 percent in cases of domestic violence, according to UNAIDS. Women have become infected with HIV/AIDS as a result of physical and sexual … Continue reading

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Ferguson: “Let’s Make a Difference”

The freedom to enjoy human rights without discrimination is one of the most fundamental principles of human rights law. Every human being is equal in dignity and worth and has … Continue reading

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Transcript of President Obama’s Address to the Nation on Immigration

Remarks of President Barack Obama Address to the Nation on Immigration The White House November 20, 2014 “My fellow Americans, tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration. “For more … Continue reading

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Don’t Put Mothers and Their Children in Prison

Today’s Twitter feed is abuzz with the news that the White House intends to announce administrative action for some of the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented Americans. While the contours … Continue reading

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Déjà Vu All Over Again

This morning I opened my e-mail to a string of comments relating to an ad in City Pages, our local Voice Media Group publication. “Outrageous.” “Sickening and repulsive.” “Disgusting.” Of … Continue reading

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Advocating for the Rights of Children in Ethiopia

During the week of September 22, the International Oromo Youth Association’s (IOYA) president, vice president, and I were in Geneva—invited there to meet with the UN Committee on the Rights … Continue reading

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Building Momentum in Geneva with the Oromo Diaspora

This fall was a busy time for advocacy at the United Nations on human rights in Ethiopia. It was also a great time to see The Advocates for Human Rights’ … Continue reading

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The NFL and the Sad Lessons of Ray Rice

During this evening’s “Thursday Night Football,” the NFL is unveiling the first of a series of public service announcements denouncing domestic violence and sexual assault. While the PSAs are a … Continue reading

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Set Standards to End Workplace Gender-based Violence

The Advocates for Human Rights and 30 other organizations sent the following letter to the United States Council for International Business. Recipients include Ronnie Goldberg executive vice president, United States … Continue reading

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New Sanctury Movement Challenges Consciences

Beatriz Ramirez and her two young children moved into Chicago’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in September. Rosa Robles Loreto has lived in Tucson’s Southside Presbyterian Church since August. In … Continue reading

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Reeva’s real killer: It started with a gun

While legal experts and the public attempt to make sense of the Oscar Pistorius trial verdict, the killing of Reeva Steenkamp has drawn attention to another type of evidence – … Continue reading

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Hold Modi Accountable

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his first official visit to the United States, a trip he was prohibited from making until recently. The U.S. government had previously refused to … Continue reading

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Thank you, Emma Watson

I have never written a blog post before. I don’t consider myself to be a political person. I have never marched in a protest. I have never even voted in … Continue reading

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Too Young to Wed

  I’m traveling to Geneva next week along with representatives of the International Oromo Youth Association to meet with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to … Continue reading

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The Economist Is Just Plain Wrong

An editorial from The Economist, “Prostitution and the internet: More bang for your buck,” contends that the internet offers the solution to the social ills associated with prostitution. Despite the … Continue reading

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Lessons from Nicaragua

              This post is part of a series that delves into the plight of the Central American children and families fleeing violence in Central … Continue reading

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U.S. Asylum Policy Founded on Politics, Not Humanitarianism

              This post is part of a series delving into the plight of the Central American children and families fleeing violence in Central America. … Continue reading

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“They return just to die”

              This post is part of a series delving into the plight of the Central American children and families fleeing violence in Central America. … Continue reading

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Not as Easy as “A-B-C”

This post is the third in a series that delves into the plight of the Central American children and families fleeing violence in Central America. The series will examine the … Continue reading

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Making an Example Out of the Most Vulnerable

              This post is the second in a series that will delve into the plight of the Central American children and families fleeing violence … Continue reading

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