MacArthur announced today $9,475,000 in funding for innovative projects that seek to defend freedom of expression and enhance criminal justice around the globe.
The 22 grants support efforts to establish and protect an open and secure Internet and to develop new technologies that will help protect human rights advocates and journalists at risk of physical security threats, legal harassment, and government oppression. The funding also aims to advance government accountability for mass atrocities, promote access to justice for victims of rights violations, and facilitate justice system reform.
“Protecting basic rights is critical to ensuring human dignity,” said MacArthur President Robert Gallucci. “These grants respond to growing threats to the right of freedom of expression by repressive governments as well as new demands by citizens seeking access to justice and government accountability for mass atrocities.”
“MacArthur’s grantmaking seeks to strengthen human rights protections, advance government accountability, and improve the reach and quality of justice,” said Mary Page, MacArthur’s Director of Human Rights and International Justice. “These investments seek to build effective human rights protections and advocacy, and to support immediate interventions to improve people’s lives.”
The grants announced today include:
MacArthur’s long history as a leading human rights funder dates back to its first grant in 1978 to Amnesty International. Since then, the Foundation has supported more than 600 organizations that have been fundamental in providing an infrastructure for the human rights movement. A video overview produced by the Foundation describes the evolution of its human rights and international justice grantmaking strategy.