It’s a human right: Each of us has the right to fundamental safety & security.

The Advocates for Human Rights mourns the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the case of United States v. Texas, which has blocked President Obama’s executive actions on immigration for nearly two years and put the lives of an estimated 5 million people and their families on hold. International human rights standards recognize that the United States, … Continue reading It’s a human right: Each of us has the right to fundamental safety & security.

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

Pledges & Punts at the UN: The U.S. Government Responds to UPR Recommendations

Today marks the formal end of the U.S. government's second Universal Periodic Review of its human rights record at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. But on many important issues, it's really just the beginning of many years of work to implement the United States' human rights obligations. During the interactive dialogue part of the … Continue reading Pledges & Punts at the UN: The U.S. Government Responds to UPR Recommendations

Migration Not Border Security Problem; People Like Us Face Perilous Choices

The capsize of a ship overloaded with migrants seeking to cross the Mediterranean has galvanized attention on what The New York Times characterizes as a surge in refugees from throughout the Middle East and North Africa. With, as The Times reports, “about 17 times as many refugee deaths in the Mediterranean Sea from January to … Continue reading Migration Not Border Security Problem; People Like Us Face Perilous Choices