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Human Rights Watch Wins Peabody Awards

Human Rights Watch, a MacArthur grantee, won two Peabodies for multimedia work on gold mining in Papua New Guinea and Russian civil society. Read More

MacArthur Grantees Participate in U.S.-Russia Civil Society Summit

In a show of support for Russian civil society groups, President Obama also addressed the U.S.-Russian Civil Society Summit in Moscow. Read More

"The Challenge of International Justice," Remarks by Jonathan F. Fanton to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton discusses the International Criminal Court and the Foundation's support for other human rights measures. Read More

European Court of Human Rights Upholds Torture Ban

Based on research by Human Rights Watch, a MacArthur grantee, the European Court of Human Rights upheld an absolute ban on deporting people to countries where they risk being tortured. The decision stems from the case ... Read More

Remarks by Jonathan F. Fanton at the Conferral of the MacArthur Award for International Justice

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton celebrates former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Read More

“The MacArthur Foundation and International Justice,” Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton relates the Foundation's history and discusses its support for human rights and international justice, focusing on the International Criminal Court. Read More

UN Makes Civilian Protection a Priority for Peacekeepers in DR Congo

Late last month, the Congolese government and 22 armed groups signed a peace agreement. MacArthur grantee Human Rights Watch was present at the negotiations and helped to secure language in the agreement to ensure that perpetrators ... Read More

“Building Institutions for Social Change: The Case for Buy-and-Hold Philanthropy,” Keynote Speech by Jonathan Fanton at the PRI Makers Network Conference

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton relays his passion for program-related investments and urges other foundations to join MacArthur in that area. Read More

Jonathan Fanton Delivers Commencement Address at the Illinois Institute of Technology

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton urges IIT's class of 2007 to seek a balance in their professional lives that allows for public service and civic engagement. Read More

"The Case for an International System of Justice,” Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the National Press Club

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton argues that the combination of the International Criminal Court, regional human rights courts, and the new norm of Responsibility to Protect are improving human rights around the world. Read More

Court Rules that Roma Children Denied Education

Information from the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights and Human Rights Watch helped provide the basis for a recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights involving discrimination against Roma children ... Read More

Trial of Charles Taylor

The trial of Charles Taylor, the former dictator of Liberia, began recently under the auspices of the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone. Taylor was indicted in 2003, but received safe haven in Nigeria until ... Read More

"Announcement of Insyde’s Award for Creative and Effective Institutions," Remarks by Jonathan F. Fanton

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton recognizes Insyde's efforts to find productive ways for Mexican police to meet the challenge of rising crime while still respecting human rights and maintaining public trust. Read More

"Peace through Justice," Introductory Remarks by Jonathan Fanton, Chicago Humanities Festival

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton celebrates the development of an international justice system and says that further success will rely on addressing situations in Darfur and Uganda as well as cases outside Africa. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the ICC Office of the Prosecutor's Second Public Hearing

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton pushes the International Criminal Court to expand its caseload beyond situations in Africa and to possibly open field offices in troubled countries. Read More

"Guiding Students Toward Global Citizenship," Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Council of Independent Colleges

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton argues for a need to "internationalize" higher education with initiatives like greater study abroad options and international internship opportunities. Read More

“The Importance of Institutions,” Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Chicago Donor’s Forum Luncheon

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton details the Foundation's support of organizations around the world and its commitment to Chicago. Read More

Human Rights Watch Reports on War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity Committed in the Congo

In September, longtime MacArthur grantee Human Rights Watch published a comprehensive report on mineral exploitation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “The Curse of Gold” documents war crimes and crimes against humanity being committed by ... Read More

Responding to the Tsunami in Asia and Human-Induced Disasters in Africa

The worldwide response to the destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunamis in the Indian Ocean has been as heartening as the images from the region are tragic. Like that of so many people and institutions ... Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at Georgetown University as Part of University's "Peace on Earth" Lecture Series, Washington, DC, November 15, 2004

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton suggests the United States take a cooperative approach to the support of increased international security. Read More

"Art, Civic Life, and Public Discourse," Keynote Address by Jonathan Fanton at the Annual Meeting of the Illinois Arts Alliance

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton discusses the importance of arts to democratic society and notes some challenges in copyright rules. Read More

Commentary by Jonathan Fanton on the Situation in Darfur, Sudan

In this Op-Ed published in the Chicago Tribune, Fanton calls on the international community to fulfill its responsibility to protect the people of Sudan from genocide. Read More

“Engaged Citizenship,” Jonathan F. Fanton Speech at Miss Porter’s School

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton urges young people to involve themselves in civic life, committing not just money but also time and expertise. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton to the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations About Terrorism and Civil Society

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton argues that civil society - a robust set of non-governmental organizations free to associate and oppose government policies - serves as a powerful antidote against terrorism Read More

Special Fund Related To Terrorist Attacks And Their Aftermath

MacArthur has awarded grants totaling more than $5 million to address issues related to the terrorist attacks of September 11 and their aftermath. Read More