Is It Just a Piece of Paper that Makes Someone an American?

Jose Antonio Vargas painted a stark picture of what it means to live life as an undocumented immigrant when he spoke to a packed crowd at Tuesday's “Out of the Shadows Immigration Symposium.” “One of the biggest ironies about being undocumented in this country is knowing that your life is limited by a piece of … Continue reading Is It Just a Piece of Paper that Makes Someone an American?

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.

Advocating for the Rights of Children in Ethiopia

During the week of September 22, the International Oromo Youth Association's (IOYA) president, vice president, and I were in Geneva—invited there to meet with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the treaty body that oversees implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. IOYA worked diligently to raise funds from … Continue reading Advocating for the Rights of Children in Ethiopia

Building Momentum in Geneva with the Oromo Diaspora

This fall was a busy time for advocacy at the United Nations on human rights in Ethiopia. It was also a great time to see The Advocates for Human Rights' new toolkit, Paving Pathways for Justice and Accountability: Human Rights Tools for Diaspora Communities, in action. Universal Periodic Review Concludes with Some Fireworks In a … Continue reading Building Momentum in Geneva with the Oromo Diaspora

UN Special Procedures Urged to Visit Ethiopia to Investigate Crackdown on Oromo Protests

Today, The Advocates for Human Rights, along with Human Rights First, the International Oromo Youth Association, Oromia Support Group Australia, the Oromo Community of Minnesota, the Oromo Studies Association, and World Without Genocide at William Mitchell College of Law, sent a letter to six of the United Nations' special procedure mandate-holders, urging them to request … Continue reading UN Special Procedures Urged to Visit Ethiopia to Investigate Crackdown on Oromo Protests

“Little Oromia” Unites to Advocate for Justice and Human Rights in Ethiopia

Last Sunday afternoon, a steady stream of people poured into the Oromo Community of Minnesota's meeting hall in St. Paul. They gathered for a forum to discuss how the Oromo people living outside Ethiopia--the Oromo diaspora--could show solidarity with Oromo students in Ethiopia, whose peaceful protests over the past two weeks have been met with … Continue reading “Little Oromia” Unites to Advocate for Justice and Human Rights in Ethiopia