Human Rights & International Justice

MacArthur seeks to strengthen human rights protections, advance government accountability, and improve the reach and quality of justice. Our grantmaking aims to defend freedom of expression and enhance criminal justice globally, with a special focus on Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia. Read our strategy

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Court Holds Russian Government Responsible for Deaths

The European Court of Human Rights recently held the Russian government responsible for the presumed death of two brothers who were taken from their home in 2003. Read More

Court Orders Russia to Pay Abused Prisoners

In a case brought by MacArthur grantee the Perm Human Rights Center, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the Russian government violated human rights conventions in its handling of the beating of seven prisoners. Read More

European Court Rules on Two Disappearances in Chechnya

In a case brought by MacArthur grantee the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre, the European Court of Human Rights found the Russian government responsible for the disappearance of two men in Chechnya who were taken from ... 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

International Crisis Group Receives $5 Million Grant for General Operations

The International Crisis Group launched today in New York its new $50 million Securing the Future Capital fundraising campaign, with commitments totaling $20 million from the MacArthur Foundation, George Soros, Frank Giustra, and Victor Pinchuk. 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 Fanton at the Midwest Regional Conference on International Justice

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton hosts a panel discussion on the International Criminal Court. Read More

Jonathan Fanton Says U.S. Should Consider Joining ICC

In an Op-Ed published in the San Diego Union Tribune, MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton says the International Criminal Court represents an opportunity to engage with an effective international institution. Read More

Mexico Frees 145 Political Prisoners in Chiapas

Efforts by prominent Mexican bishops and MacArthur grantee the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center recently helped lead to the release of 145 political prisoners in Mexico. Read More

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Receives MacArthur Award for International Justice

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today honored former United Nations Secretary General Kofi A. Annan with the MacArthur Award for International Justice at a 1200-person dinner held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Read More
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Protecting Freedom of Expression and Enhancing Criminal Justice

Building on its 30-year history in the field, MacArthur's human rights and international justice grantmaking strategy focuses on defending freedom of expression and enhancing criminal justice globally, with a special emphasis in Mexico, Nigeria, and ... Watch

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Portrait of Barry Lowenkron

Barry Lowenkron

Vice President, International Programs
Portrait of Mary R. Page

Mary R. Page

Director, Human Rights and International Justice
Portrait of Sharon Bissell Sotelo

Sharon Bissell Sotelo

Director, Mexico
Portrait of Igor Zevelev

Igor Zevelev

Director, Russia Office
Portrait of Kole A. Shettima

Kole A. Shettima

Director, Africa Office

Oladayo (Dayo) Olaide

Deputy Director, Nigeria Office
Portrait of Mikhail Troitskiy

Mikhail Troitskiy

Deputy Director, Russia Office
Portrait of Simon Cosgrove

Simon Cosgrove

Program Officer
Portrait of Yvonne Darkwa-Poku

Yvonne Darkwa-Poku

Program Officer
Portrait of Liliane Loya

Liliane Loya

Program Officer, Mexico
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Eric Sears

Program Officer, Human Rights & International Justice
Portrait of S. Quinn Hanzel

S. Quinn Hanzel

Program Assistant
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Phillis D. Hollice

Program Administrator

Michelle Holmes

Special Assistant
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Ken Lee Scanlon

Senior Executive Assistant