India’s failure to protect religious minorities

India is the world’s largest democracy and a pluralistic melting pot of different religions, cultures, and languages. Yet there has been an alarming rise in discrimination and violence against religious minorities in India. The Advocates for Human Rights, along with our partner organizations, went to the United Nations Human Rights Council to raise our concerns … Continue reading India’s failure to protect religious minorities

On India’s Independence Day: A promise unfulfilled for religious minorities

“India lives as one; India grows as one; India celebrates as one,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered these lofty words to a joint session of U.S. Congress on June 8 of this year. The rosy picture he painted of India, however, is betrayed by the reality of communal strife and intolerance on the ground. … Continue reading On India’s Independence Day: A promise unfulfilled for religious minorities

Too Young to Wed

I'm traveling to Geneva next week along with representatives of the International Oromo Youth Association to meet with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to talk about children's rights in Ethiopia. We submitted a report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child in July, and the Committee invited us … Continue reading Too Young to Wed

The Advocates’ Robin Phillips Testifies before Congressional Committee

Robin Phillips, executive director of The Advocates for Human Rights, testified today (April 4, 2014) at a hearing before the United States Congress Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission about religious minorities in India. Robin Phillips' oral testimony, "The Plight of Religious Minorities in India": For more than 30 years, The Advocates for Human Rights has … Continue reading The Advocates’ Robin Phillips Testifies before Congressional Committee

Moving Forward: Four Steps and Six Strategies for Promoting LGBTI Rights Around the World

While viewers across the United States watched the Olympic closing ceremonies, Jason Collins became the first publicly gay male athlete to compete in a major North American professional sports league as he took to the basketball court in Los Angeles. NBC's coverage of the Olympic Games over the past two weeks dedicated less than two … Continue reading Moving Forward: Four Steps and Six Strategies for Promoting LGBTI Rights Around the World

Recent Anti-LGBTI Laws Violate Human Rights

Anti-LGBTI laws passed last week by the governments of Nigeria and Uganda threaten the lives and human rights of people living, working, and visiting those countries. Not only are the lives of LGBTI persons at stake, but their friends, family, teachers, colleagues, health practitioners, and human rights defenders could face fines or imprisonment for failure … Continue reading Recent Anti-LGBTI Laws Violate Human Rights