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

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

Out of the Mouths of The Advocates

When Human Rights expert Margo Waterval questioned the delegation from Croatia, I recognized her words; they came directly from The Advocates for Human Rights’ “one-pager.” Astonished, I turned around to look at Rosalyn Park, director of The Advocates' Women’s Human Rights Program; she knew those words, too. The look on her face probably mirrored mine. … Continue reading Out of the Mouths of The Advocates

Volunteer Relishes First-hand Experience Working at U.N.

A volunteer for human rights, or more accurately for The Advocates for Human Rights with whom I first became acquainted in the late 90's when I joined The Advocates to conduct domestic violence training for NGOs from Moldova, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Armenia. Soon after, I teamed with The Advocates' staff and an Armenian NGO to … Continue reading Volunteer Relishes First-hand Experience Working at U.N.

Death Penalty: Volunteers Assist Global Partners with UN Advocacy

  While the use of death penalty is decreasing worldwide, 22 countries carried out executions and 57 imposed death sentences in 2012. Execution methods range from lethal injection to the firing squad, but hanging remains the most common method. Some countries, including Iran, continue to use stoning, a practice based on Iranian interpretation of sharia, … Continue reading Death Penalty: Volunteers Assist Global Partners with UN Advocacy

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.