Nightmare for Nigeria’s School Girls

On the night of April 14, dozens of armed men showed up at the dormitory of the Government Girls Secondary school in Chibok in northeastern Nigeria.  Dressed in Nigerian military uniforms, they told the girls that they were there to take them to safety and herded the girls into trucks and onto motorcycles.  At first, the … Continue reading Nightmare for Nigeria’s School Girls

Another Botched Execution

Oklahoma botched last night’s execution of Clayton Lockett by using a new, untested lethal injection protocol. While execution officials had pronounced Lockett unconscious, he was awake minutes later, writhing and breathing heavily. In apparent pain, he fought the restraints that locked him to the gurney. As he continued to twitch and call out “Man” and … Continue reading Another Botched Execution

Safety in Everyday Realities

It’s a bright and shiny day in Minnesota, with the temperature working its way into the 70s for the first time in months. It’s a bright and shiny day, too, because Governor Mark Dayton will sign the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act at a ceremony on the State Capitol steps at four o’clock this … Continue reading Safety in Everyday Realities

The Advocates’ Robin Phillips Testifies before Congressional Committee

Robin Phillips, executive director of The Advocates for Human Rights, testified today (April 4, 2014) at a hearing before the United States Congress Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission about religious minorities in India. Robin Phillips' oral testimony, "The Plight of Religious Minorities in India": For more than 30 years, The Advocates for Human Rights has … Continue reading The Advocates’ Robin Phillips Testifies before Congressional Committee

Lives on the Line: Will Supreme Court Hold U.S. Accountable for the Death Penalty?

http://youtu.be/cHNp6wvzOV0 Video excerpting questions about the administration of the death penalty in the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Committee, as well as the responses from the United States delegation. The United Nations Human Rights Committee took an important step last week in holding the United States accountable for its human rights record, … Continue reading Lives on the Line: Will Supreme Court Hold U.S. Accountable for the Death Penalty?