The Fight Against the Death Penalty Continues

In May 2019, the United Nations Human Rights Council held its 33rd session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), as part of the third cycle of the review process. The UPR examines the status and progress of human rights in all 193 member countries of the United Nations. (For more information about the UPR, check … Continue reading The Fight Against the Death Penalty Continues

Ukraine delays decision on Universal Periodic Review recommendations on domestic violence

  For the 3rd cycle Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Ukraine, The Advocates for Human Rights submitted a stakeholder report in collaboration with Center “Women’s Perspectives,” a non-governmental agency based in Lviv, Ukraine. The report focused on the prevalence of domestic violence in Ukraine. Domestic violence is a pervasive problem in Ukraine. In 2016, the … Continue reading Ukraine delays decision on Universal Periodic Review recommendations on domestic violence

Sri Lanka’s Evolving Stance on the Death Penalty

The Advocates for Human Rights serves on the Steering Committee of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty. In that capacity, The Advocates often collaborates with the World Coalition to engage in advocacy at the United Nations when a UN body reviews the human rights record of a country that retains the death penalty. One … Continue reading Sri Lanka’s Evolving Stance on the Death Penalty

How The Advocates brings the stories of women and children fleeing violence to the international stage

The Advocates is able to help these women and children in two important ways: providing legal assistance in their asylum cases and using their experiences to advocate at the United Nations for law and policy changes in their home country of Guatemala.

The Advocates’ lobbying against the death penalty packs a big punch at the Universal Periodic Review of Japan

Japan is one out of the fifty eight countries (including the United States) where the death penalty is still legal and actively carried out. In Japan, crimes punishable by execution include murder, terrorism, arson, and treason. Based on reports from the Japan Innocence & Death Penalty Information Center, 106 people have been executed since 1993, … Continue reading The Advocates’ lobbying against the death penalty packs a big punch at the Universal Periodic Review of Japan

Diaspora Speaks for Deliberately Silenced Oromos; Ethiopian Government Responds to UN Review

When students in Ethiopia started protesting last month against the Ethiopian Government's proposal to annex territory from the state of Oromia to facilitate the expansion of the capital city Addis Ababa, diasporans mobilized to show their solidarity. As federal "Agazi" security forces cracked down, opening fire on peaceful protesters, placing students on lock-down in their … Continue reading Diaspora Speaks for Deliberately Silenced Oromos; Ethiopian Government Responds to UN Review