Puerto Rico and the Federal Death Penalty: A Legacy of Colonial Paternalism

Today marks the 90th anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty in Puerto Rico. Following significant human rights progress in the nineteenth and twentieth century driven by Latin American abolitionist movements, Puerto Rico’s legislature abolished the death penalty on April 26, 1929. A history of opposition In 1952 the Puerto Rican Constitution further secured … Continue reading Puerto Rico and the Federal Death Penalty: A Legacy of Colonial Paternalism

The Advocates Welcomes Progress in Ethiopia, Remains Concerned that Threats to Minority Rights Remain

https://youtu.be/_3inybWGRYY The Advocates for Human Rights has worked in partnership with the Oromo diaspora for many years to hold the government of Ethiopia accountable for human rights violations.  In March 2019, volunteer Nagessa Dube made the following oral statement at the United Nations Human Rights Council during an Interactive Dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur … Continue reading The Advocates Welcomes Progress in Ethiopia, Remains Concerned that Threats to Minority Rights Remain

Briefing the UN Human Rights Council on Burundi

https://youtu.be/yXr7tzDUO10 A growing number of victims fleeing politically-based violence in Burundi have requested legal assistance from The Advocates for Human Rights in applying for asylum in the United States. The Advocates for Human Rights recently brought the experience of our clients and concerns about violations of civil and political rights in Burundi to the United … Continue reading Briefing the UN Human Rights Council on Burundi

Trafficking in Women and Girls in the Context of Global Migration

https://youtu.be/rtB7D91Q3F4 Since 2014, a growing number of women and children fleeing gender-based violence in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua have requested legal assistance from The Advocates in applying for asylum in the United States. The Advocates for Human Rights is able to help these women and children in two important … Continue reading Trafficking in Women and Girls in the Context of Global Migration

Building the Path to Albania’s Universal Periodic Review in May 2019

I am Aferdita Prroni, the Director of Human Rights in Democracy Centre, a grassroots Albanian NGO which works for the promotion and protection of human rights in Albania. On March 10–14, 2019, I worked with the dedicated team of The Advocates for Human Rights and directly engaged in lobbying and advocacy activities at the UN … Continue reading Building the Path to Albania’s Universal Periodic Review in May 2019