Sentencing Derek Chauvin: The Rule of Law Should Control

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After the guilty verdicts in the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin, the next court proceeding will be the sentencing hearing. Judge Peter Cahill will determine what criminal penalty is appropriate for Chauvin’s murder of George Floyd.   In documents filed May 12, 2021, Judge Cahill announced his conclusion that Derek Chauvin’s actions support four aggravating sentencing factors in causing the death of George Floyd. Many are demanding and … Continue reading Sentencing Derek Chauvin: The Rule of Law Should Control

Researching the Impact of COVID-19 on Domestic Violence: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World

Credit: UN Women/Yihui Yuan. The COVID-19 pandemic has acted like an X-ray on society, revealing flaws in a system that has been perpetuating public health inequalities on a global and national scale. Women leaders have led the charge this past year fighting the many disparities and social inequalities COVID-19 has brought to our attention. With … Continue reading Researching the Impact of COVID-19 on Domestic Violence: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World

The Concerns Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) Pose to Free Speech

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NGOs and human rights defenders are increasingly found as the targets of a new strategy designed to limit the speech of those with less power or resources. Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) refers to a process by which litigants target the defendants with what are usually frivolous defamation lawsuits. Although anti-SLAPP statutes, such as measures that provide for early dismissal of frivolous suits, can provide some safeguards against SLAPPs, many jurisdictions have yet to implement such statutes. SLAPPs also pose … Continue reading The Concerns Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) Pose to Free Speech

Human Rights at the State Capitol: Budgets

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Budgets. Human rights might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear this word, but respecting, protecting, and fulfilling human rights requires financial resources. Budgets are more than financial statements – they're statements of values and priorities. Budgets that fund activities with a positive impact on the exercise of rights can turn our values into reality.   Last week, the Minnesota Legislature began to hear details of the Governor’s budget recommendations. For example, the … Continue reading Human Rights at the State Capitol: Budgets

Human Rights at the State Capitol: Week 1 January 25-29

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It is a truth universally accepted that everyone has human rights. These rights are indivisible, interrelated, and interdependent. One right does not stand siloed from other rights, and fulfilling one right requires that other rights are fulfilled, too.    We see this principle reflected in the Minnesota Legislature’s work this week. Several committees in the Minnesota House of Representatives are reviewing the Select Committee on Racial Justice Report to the … Continue reading Human Rights at the State Capitol: Week 1 January 25-29

A Day in the Life of an International Justice Program Intern: Learning About LGBTI Rights, Systemic Racism, and More

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Sarah Borden took a break from her studies at Yale to intern with The Advocates' International Justice Program. Read about her experience here.