A small group of people is changing the world for good

"The world, if left to its own devices, is balanced evenly between good and bad. Each of us has the ability to tip it." Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. Especially today, with the horrific news of the Orlando mass shooting capturing people's attention, a ray of optimism is needed. … Continue reading A small group of people is changing the world for good

The U.S. runs with a devil

You may never have heard of the Oromo people, the largest single ethnic group in Ethiopia. You might be surprised to learn that if you are a U.S. taxpayer, you are subsidizing their oppression. On Tuesday, April 19, a Congressional commission named the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission conducted a hearing on human rights conditions … Continue reading The U.S. runs with a devil

One step forward, two steps back characterizes the “protection” of women in Ethiopia

Sixteen-year-old Hanna Lalango was kidnapped as she was returning home from school on October 1, 2014. Her kidnappers gang raped her for several days before throwing her out on a street where, later, she was found unconscious. Hanna’s parents sought the best medical care they could afford to save her life. Unfortunately, she passed away on … Continue reading One step forward, two steps back characterizes the “protection” of women in Ethiopia

Oromo Protests One Year On: Looking Back; Looking Forward

Oromos and others in the Ethiopian diaspora are on the edge of their seats. Not only are general elections in Ethiopia scheduled for Sunday, but today the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is reviewing Ethiopia's human rights record. Ethiopia under review at the UN Today, May 22nd, the United Nations’ Committee on … Continue reading Oromo Protests One Year On: Looking Back; Looking Forward

African Commission Urges Cameroon to End LGBTI Discrimination

Last month, Cameroonian human rights defender Alice Nkom traveled to London with a plea: “I need everyone because right now, I am a little isolated. It’s on occasions like this that we must show we are one, united, universal in this fight.” Nkom, who is in her 70s and was the first woman admitted to the … Continue reading African Commission Urges Cameroon to End LGBTI Discrimination

2014’s Lesson: Take Action. Lives Depend on It.

December has been a terrible month for human rights—from the U.S. Senate’s report confirming the use of torture, to the slaughter of Pakastani school children, to two grand jury decisions not to indict police officers for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Overall, 2014 has been an extremely troubling year. Some human rights … Continue reading 2014’s Lesson: Take Action. Lives Depend on It.