The Advocates Welcomes First Steps, Calls for Sustained Commitment to Human Rights

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As the United States transitions to a new administration, The Advocates for Human Rights looks forward to a renewed commitment to human rights in our domestic and foreign policy. Human rights standards provide a foundation to ensure that policy making is just, fair, and respects human dignity.  Topping the list, we welcome the end of … Continue reading The Advocates Welcomes First Steps, Calls for Sustained Commitment to Human Rights

The Advocates for Human Rights Addresses Systemic Racism in US Policing Before Two UN Bodies

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The flag of the United Nations In 2013, the UN General Assembly proclaimed the International Decade for Persons of African Descent, to be observed from 2015 to 2024. More than halfway through the Decade, little progress has been made toward addressing the systemic racism faced by people of African descent in the US and around the world. As … Continue reading The Advocates for Human Rights Addresses Systemic Racism in US Policing Before Two UN Bodies

Police Use of Force Laws: Minnesota Falls Short

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Today, a Minnesota court will hear several significant motions in the cases against Derek Chavin and the three other former Minneapolis police officers charged in the killing of George Floyd. Among the matters Judge Peter Cahill will consider in the September 11 hearing are the state’s motion for a joint trial of all defendants and … Continue reading Police Use of Force Laws: Minnesota Falls Short

Criminal Charges Reflect, Reinforce Power Imbalance Between Law Enforcement and Communities

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The chest camera footage of former Minneapolis police officers Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane—two of the men involved in killing George Floyd—has been made available online. The opening minutes of video illuminate a casual brutality and violence by the police. Lane approaches the car from behind, banging on the window with his Maglite. He clearly … Continue reading Criminal Charges Reflect, Reinforce Power Imbalance Between Law Enforcement and Communities

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Armed and Unaccountable, Federal Forces Use Tactics Honed at the Border against Protestors

The deployment of anonymous armed federal agents, now identified as part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in Portland has yielded shocking reports of arbitrary arrests, detention without charge, and short-term disappearances, in addition to injuries to protesters resulting from use of sub-lethal force and chemical agents. Garnering less attention, but no less troubling, … Continue reading Armed and Unaccountable, Federal Forces Use Tactics Honed at the Border against Protestors

My Dad Is A “Buddhist Dictator”?

When President Trump recently tweeted that Rep. Ilhan Omar (my representative) and three other congresswomen of color should “go back” to where they came from, empowering others to parrot him, I felt that hate personally. Those are words that I, and so many others, hear because we’re “different.” It reminded me of the racism my … Continue reading My Dad Is A “Buddhist Dictator”?