Celebrating Carrie Brasser: A 2021 Volunteer Award Recipient

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Photography by Bill Cameron.  Carrie Brasser, a Minneapolis-based lawyer, is an inspiring volunteer for The Advocates for Human Rights who helps to make the organization’s work possible. Brasser began volunteering for The Advocates in 2018 and has been an enthusiastic volunteer since. Over the past three years, Brasser has participated in several projects for The Advocates, including representing clients in several asylum and immigration cases, traveling to Geneva as a member of the 2019 United Nations Study-Advocacy team, and participating in remote international advocacy in 2020 to brief members of … Continue reading Celebrating Carrie Brasser: A 2021 Volunteer Award Recipient

Blaise Masinga: The Journey to Regaining Self-Power

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In a room full of refugees and asylum seekers, Blaise Masinga is reminded of the time when he was in their shoes. He had fled from South Africa to Minnesota, leaving behind his wife and two children. Pain, trauma, and uncertainty are still on the forefront of his mind when he thinks about that time. Similar to the journeys of many other asylum seekers, Blaise’s path to safety and reunification with his family was long, unpredictable, anxiety-filled, and lonesome.

The Advocates Welcomes UN Special Rapporteur’s Thematic Report on Rape

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UN Photo/Jean-Marc FerréDubravka Šimonović, Special Rapporteur on violence against women.  U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women (VAW) Dubravka Šimonovic has released her thematic report on rape as a grave and systematic violation of human rights and gender-based violence against women.  The Advocates contributed a detailed written response to the Special Rapporteur’s initial request for submissions about local laws on rape and sexual violence. The Advocates also joined the Expert Group Meeting on May 27, 2020 to discuss a wide variety of issues about rape laws and implementation. The Special Rapporteur invited The Advocates’ Women’s … Continue reading The Advocates Welcomes UN Special Rapporteur’s Thematic Report on Rape

The Advocates & Partners Leverage the UN System to Ensure African States Don’t Flout a Seminal African Court Judgment Striking Down Mandatory Death Penalty Laws

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It has been more than a year since the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Court) delivered a judgment upholding the right to life of five Tanzanian nationals who had been arbitrarily sentenced to death, but the Tanzanian Government has yet to give effect to the decision. In 2011, Ally Rajabu and … Continue reading The Advocates & Partners Leverage the UN System to Ensure African States Don’t Flout a Seminal African Court Judgment Striking Down Mandatory Death Penalty Laws

As the US Launches Its Run for a Seat on the UN Human Rights Council, It Should Seek to Reform Its Own Ambivalence Toward International Human Rights Law

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When the US returned to the UN Human Rights Council as an observer in January 2021, it promptly announced that it would run for a seat on the Council. The Biden administration says it agrees with some criticisms of the Council, but that it will be best positioned to reform the Council when it again has a seat … Continue reading As the US Launches Its Run for a Seat on the UN Human Rights Council, It Should Seek to Reform Its Own Ambivalence Toward International Human Rights Law

Outrage as Turkish President Erdoğan Withdraws from the Istanbul Convention

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“Turkey’s sudden and unwarranted withdrawal” from the Istanbul Convention said U.S. President Joe Biden “is deeply disappointing”  and “ is a disheartening step backward for the international movement to end violence against women globally.” In the early hours of Saturday, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued a surprise decree withdrawing Turkey from the European treaty … Continue reading Outrage as Turkish President Erdoğan Withdraws from the Istanbul Convention