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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MacArthur Awards $3.8 Million to Efforts Involving International Criminal Court

MacArthur announced five grants totaling more than $3.8 million for efforts to more fully involve the victims and witnesses in cases before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the ICC Office of the Prosecutor's Second Public Hearing

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton pushes the International Criminal Court to expand its caseload beyond situations in Africa and to possibly open field offices in troubled countries.

"International Responsibility to Protect Darfurians," Remarks by Kole Shettima, National War College, Nigeria

MacArthur Africa Office Director Kole Shettima discusses the humanitarian crisis in Darfur and the principles of Responsibility to Protect.

New York Times Letter to the Editor by Jonathan Fanton: A Ugandan Peace

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton writes to the New York Times about the suspension of peace negotiations in Uganda.

NAZ Foundation Instrumental in Seeking Repeal of Outdated Law in India

The Delhi High Court is re-examining a petition by the NAZ Foundation to repeal India's centuries-old ban on gay sex.

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the 30th Anniversary of Moscow Helsinki Group

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton reflects on Russia's movement towards greater human rights over the course of the Group's history.

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, that provides approximately $200 million in grants annually to universities, charitable and non-governmental organizations and talented individuals ...
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Report: War-Affected Children and Youth in Northern Uganda: An Assessment Report

Foreword Northern Uganda’s brutal war, now in its twentieth year, has gained world attention in the wake of indictments by the International Criminal Court against Joseph Kony and four of his commanders in the Lord ...

European Court for Human Rights Rules on Russian Policy Torture Case

The European Court of Human Rights delivered its second verdict against Russia last week in a case concerning police torture. Attorneys at the Rostov Center for International Defense, a MacArthur grantee, worked tirelessly on behalf of ...

Human Rights Watch Reports on War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity Committed in the Congo

In September, longtime MacArthur grantee Human Rights Watch published a comprehensive report on mineral exploitation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “The Curse of Gold” documents war crimes and crimes against humanity being committed by ...
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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.

Staff

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Stephanie Platz

Managing Director, Programs

Sharon Bissell Sotelo

Director, Mexico
Portrait of Kole A. Shettima

Kole A. Shettima

Director, Africa Office
Portrait of Oladayo (Dayo) Olaide

Oladayo (Dayo) Olaide

Deputy Director, Nigeria Office
Portrait of Yvonne Darkwa-Poku

Yvonne Darkwa-Poku

Senior Program Officer

Liliane Loya

Deputy Director, Mexico
Portrait of Eric Sears

Eric Sears

Senior Program Officer
Portrait of Phillis D. Hill

Phillis D. Hill

Senior Grants Manager

Media Contact

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Meredith Klein

Senior Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

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Joanna Cohen

Program Officer