Human Rights

Strengthening human rights protections, advancing government accountability, and improving the reach and quality of justice.  Read our strategy and the current status of our work

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European Court of Human Rights Upholds Torture Ban

Based on research by Human Rights Watch, a MacArthur grantee, the European Court of Human Rights upheld an absolute ban on deporting people to countries where they risk being tortured. The decision stems from the case ... Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Midwest Regional Conference on International Justice

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton hosts a panel discussion on the International Criminal Court. Read More

Jonathan Fanton Says U.S. Should Consider Joining ICC

In an Op-Ed published in the San Diego Union Tribune, MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton says the International Criminal Court represents an opportunity to engage with an effective international institution. Read More

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 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

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

“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

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
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Protecting Freedom of Expression and Enhancing Criminal Justice

Building on its 30-year history in the field, MacArthur's human rights and international justice grantmaking strategy focuses on defending freedom of expression and enhancing criminal justice globally, with a special emphasis in Mexico and Nigeria. Watch

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Stephanie Platz

Managing Director, Programs

Sharon Bissell Sotelo

Director, Mexico
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Kole A. Shettima

Director, Africa Office
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Oladayo (Dayo) Olaide

Deputy Director, Nigeria Office
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Yvonne Darkwa-Poku

Program Officer

Liliane Loya

Deputy Director, Mexico
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Eric Sears

Senior Program Officer
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Phillis D. Hill

Senior Grants Manager
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Ken Lee

Coordinator

Media Contact

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Meredith Klein

Senior Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

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Joanna Cohen

Program Officer