Pledges & Punts at the UN: The U.S. Government Responds to UPR Recommendations

Today marks the formal end of the U.S. government's second Universal Periodic Review of its human rights record at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. But on many important issues, it's really just the beginning of many years of work to implement the United States' human rights obligations. During the interactive dialogue part of the … Continue reading Pledges & Punts at the UN: The U.S. Government Responds to UPR Recommendations

‪#‎HRC30‬: “Our lives are connected to one another.”

Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein at the opening of the Human Rights Council session in Geneva, 14 September 2015 Mr President, Excellencies, It was the way he lay: asleep, terminal, so profoundly sad - as if by lying in supplication before the waves that killed him he was … Continue reading ‪#‎HRC30‬: “Our lives are connected to one another.”

Acknowledging the Truth

Recently, I went to a showing of a new documentary called, “The Hunting Ground.” The purpose of the film is to raise awareness of what is described as an epidemic of sexual assault of men and women on college campuses. According to the documentary, one in five female college students and one in 33 male … Continue reading Acknowledging the Truth

Voices from Silence: Personal Accounts of the Long-term Impact of 9/11 #NeverForget

Late in the afternoon of September 13, 2001, a Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights (now, The Advocates for Human Rights) staff attorney was meeting in our office with two of our asylum clients, a Christian couple fleeing religious persecution in Egypt. Although it had been rescheduled from the afternoon of September 11, this meeting to … Continue reading Voices from Silence: Personal Accounts of the Long-term Impact of 9/11 #NeverForget

No Matter Their Country, All Refugees Need Attention and Help

The photo of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi on a Turkish beach is an image we should never forget. Instead of romping on the resort beach, Aylan―in his red shirt and dark pants—lies lifeless, his face buried in the sand. Aylan; his brother, Galip; his mother, Rehan; and his father, Abdullah, had fled the violence in Syria, … Continue reading No Matter Their Country, All Refugees Need Attention and Help