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
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
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
Sarah Borden took a break from her studies at Yale to intern with The Advocates' International Justice Program. Read about her experience here.
In the early morning hours of January 13, 2021, the United States government violated its international obligations in taking the life of Lisa Montgomery. Lisa Montgomery was convicted of a terrible crime. But her conviction came after a trial in which the judge and jury were not given the full story of the horrific childhood abuse, … Continue reading The Advocates condemns the outgoing administration’s killing spree
When I began law school, I knew that I would like to one day work in advocacy or human rights work, preferably in the space of international law. While I was aware of organizations like The Advocates for Human Rights where these kinds of legal positions were available, I did not really understand the role … Continue reading The Role of Lawyers in Human Rights Advocacy Work