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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

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton Upon Visit of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton discusses the Foundation's commitment to UN Millenium Development Goal #5 and applauds Annan's leadership on climate change and non-proliferation. Read More

MacArthur Selects Kofi Annan for International Justice Award

MacArthur will honor former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan with the first MacArthur Award for International Justice, Foundation President Jonathan Fanton announced today in a speech at the National Press Club. Read More

Statement from Kofi Annan Regarding the MacArthur Award for International Justice

“I am honored to receive the MacArthur Award for International Justice. “Advancing international justice should speak to the collective conscience of the world.  The emerging international justice system, including the International Criminal Court and the principle ... 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

The MacArthur Foundation in Russia: Report on Activities

Message From The President The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a private foundation, headquartered in Chicago, which provides approximately $260 million in grants annually to universities, charitable and non-governmental organizations, and talented individuals ... Read More

Satellite Images Reveal Human Rights Abuses in Burma

An analysis of high-resolution satellite images has provided evidence of human rights abuses in Burma. The American Association for the Advancement of Science mapped locations of 31 reported human rights violations by comparing information gathered by ... Read More

Letter to the Editor by Jonathan Fanton: International Justice

In a letter to the New York Times editor, MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton says the United Nations Security Council should take the lead in enforcing arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court. Read More

Grantees Help Deliver Justice in Chechnya

On July 26, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on three cases brought against Russia by five Chechens, represented by MacArthur grantees the London-based European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) and the Russian NGO, Memorial ... 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

Letter to the Editor by Jonathan Fanton: Nigeria on a Path to Genuine Democracy

In a letter to the Chicago Tribune editor, MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton acknowledges the flaws in recent Nigerian elections but argues that the country's president, Olusegun Obasango, has put it on the path to stability. Read More

Motherhood Kills, Op-Ed in This Day by Kole Shettima

MacArthur Africa Office Director Kole Shettima recommends steps on how to prevent maternal mortality in Nigeria. 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

The MacArthur Foundation in Mexico: Report on Activities

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation first began making grants in Mexico in 1986 and opened an office in Mexico in 1991.  Today, MacArthur provides approximately $6 million in grants each year to address ... Read More