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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

PBS NewsHour on New Technology to Combat Global Human Rights Violations

PBS NewsHour profiles MacArthur grantee Benetech, a non-profit that produces free software that helps hold abusive governments accountable for human rights abuses. Read More

Grantees Support Mass Rape Trial in DRC

MacArthur grantees the American Bar Association and Advocats Sans Frontieres led the efforts of Congolese lawyers representing 60 victims in the case against an army officer who sent his troops to rape, beat, and loot. Read More

Inter-American Court of Human Rights Rulings Encourage Reform in Mexico

Two decisions by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in cases litigated by MacArthur grantees are prompting Mexico's government to reform its Code of Military Justice. Read More

Inter-American Court of Human Rights Compels Mexican Government to Enact Broader Human Rights Reforms

Two decisions by the Court in the past 14 months in cases litigated by two MacArthur grantees have ramped up pressure on Mexico’s government to reform its Code of Military Justice. Read More

Using Technology to Monitor Human Rights Abuses in Hard-to-Reach Places

Technology originally developed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, with support from MacArthur, to help monitor human rights abuses in hard-to-reach places is the basis of the new Satellite Sentinel Project, which will ... Read More

ECOWAS Court Says Education is a Basic Human Right in Nigeria

In a landmark judgment, the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in Abuja, Nigeria, declared that Nigerians have an enforceable right to basic education. Read More

Research Documents Human Toll of Violence in Central African Republic

Researchers based at the Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley have systematically canvassed nearly 2,000 households in the Central African Republic, carefully documenting violence in the country. Read More

MacArthur Provides $2.2 Million to Support Long-Term Relief Efforts in Haiti

MacArthur is investing nearly $2.2 million to support long-range needs in the areas of health and communications. Read More

Advocates at Human Rights Summit Meet with President Obama

Human rights defenders attending a MacArthur-supported human rights conference in February met with President Obama to discuss how the U.S. can strengthen global human rights. Read More

Medvedev Orders Deep Police Reforms

Claiming abuses by police officers had "eroded" their authority, Russian President Medvedev pledged to take a personal role in reforming the country's police force. Read More

European Court Holds Russia, Cyprus Accountable for Trafficking

The European Court of Human Rights found that Cyprus and Russia violated the rights of a 20-year-old Russian woman by failing to protect her from trafficking. Read More