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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

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

Remarks by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan upon receiving the MacArthur Award for International Justice, New York

Kofi Annan discusses the changing definition of national sovereignty - from a privilege to a responsibility - and the doctrine of Responsibility to Protect. 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

Russian Human Rights Group Wins Police Abuse Case

The Committee Against Torture, a MacArthur grantee based in Nizhnii Novgorod, Russia, has won a police abuse case in the European Court of Human Rights. The Court found that the authorities violated the prohibition on torture ... Read More

"Private Philanthropy in Service of the Public Interest,” Remarks by Jonathan Fanton as part of the Spaso House Discussion Series

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton discusses the Foundation's grantmaking around the world and notes the growth of philanthropy in Russia. 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

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