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More Countries Join the International Criminal Court

Seven additional countries have joined the International Criminal Court and ratified the Rome Statute due, in part, to the work of MacArthur grantee the Coalition for the International Criminal Court. Read More

UN Ban on Torture Invoked in Nigerian Police Case

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, ruled that Nigerian police violated the rights of a cab driver who was tortured and detained for 27 days without trial. Read More

Russian Grantee Wins Ruling, Repayment on Tax Status of Foreign Donations

Russia has repaid Agora Human Rights Association nearly one million rubles in excess taxes, the result of a precedent-setting ruling which found that Russian nonprofits are not required to pay tax on donations from foreign donors. Read More

Advancing Accountability for Atrocity Crimes in Latin America

George Washington University’s National Security Archive was featured on PRI’s The World to discuss the progress being made to advance accountability for atrocity crimes in Latin America. Read More

Mexican Court Requires Civilian Trials for Human Rights Violations by Military

Influenced by MacArthur grantees like the Comision Mexicana de Defensa y Promocion de los Derechos Humanos, Mexico's Supreme Court ruled that members of the military accused of human rights violations be tried in civilian courts. Read More

Benetech Helps Establish “Forced Disappearance” as a Crime in Guatemala

Using statistical analysis of evidence from the Guatemalan National Police Archives, MacArthur grantee Benetech helped convict and sentence two policemen for the disappearance of a prominent union leader. Read More

MacArthur Grantees Receive 2011 Emmy Nominations

ProPublica, Independent Lens, ITVS, PBS FRONTLINE, and POV — all MacArthur grantees — received a combined 30 Emmy nominations in 2011. Read More

ASILEGAL Helps Man Go Free After 12 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment

Arrested in the Mexican state of Guerrero in 1999 for murder, Pedro Gatica became a victim of excessive and unwarranted delays in Mexico's criminal proceedings. Read More

Law Student Clinic in Mexico Aims High

This news story by Ken Ellingwood profiles a legal aid clinic that frequently takes cases that yield legal precedents or lead to new laws in an effort to modernize Mexico's legal system. Read More

Peace versus Justice: A False Dilemma

In recent years, there has been a marked shift away from making compromises on justice with powerful perpetrators of mass atrocities in order to end conflicts. Read More

MacArthur Grantees Support Nigerian Elections

Many MacArthur grantees, including Enough is Enough, the Policy and Legal Advocacy Center, the West African NGO Network, and the Transition Monitoring Group, assisted in or helped oversee the country's general election. Read More

National Human Rights Commission in Nigeria Gains Independence

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed an Amendment establishing the autonomy of the country's formerly semi-governmental National Human Rights Commission. Read More

Grantee Awarded Human Rights Prize by the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly

The Committee Against Torture, a human rights grantee based in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod, was awarded the biennial Human Rights Prize by the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly to honor "outstanding civil society ... Read More

Grantee Leads Effort to Improve Accountability of Police Officers

The Institute for Security and Democracy formalized agreements with the Mexican state governments of Baja California and Nuevo León for ongoing monitoring of police performance. Read More

Human Rights Reforms in Mexico

Following years of effort by MacArthur grantees, the Mexican Senate elevated the legal standing of human rights treaties by approving changes to 11 articles of Mexico's Constitution. Read More