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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Commentary: Darfur Deserves its Day in Court

In an Op-Ed published in the Chicago Tribune, MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton argues such action could help curtail the violence by presenting a very real threat of imprisonment, frozen assets, and international isolation to Sudan's ...

Human Rights, Higher Education and Young Peoples Reproductive Health in Nigeria

MacArthur has announced 13 grants totaling more than $9 million to promote human rights, strengthen higher education, and advance young peoples reproductive health and rights in Nigeria.

Responding to the Tsunami in Asia and Human-Induced Disasters in Africa

The worldwide response to the destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunamis in the Indian Ocean has been as heartening as the images from the region are tragic. Like that of so many people and institutions ...

Reducing the Threat of WMDs

The MacArthur Foundation is pleased to introduce this monthly electronic newsletter. Foundations are fortunate to have access to vast networks of information and thanks to new technologies, we can do a much better job of making ...

Commentary by Jonathan Fanton on the Situation in Darfur, Sudan

In this Op-Ed published in the Chicago Tribune, Fanton calls on the international community to fulfill its responsibility to protect the people of Sudan from genocide.

Support for Human Rights Work in Russia

MacArthur has announced seven grants totaling $860,000 in support of human rights work in Russia.

Strengthening the International Criminal Court

MacArthur has awarded more than $1.7 million to three organizations for their efforts to strengthen the effectiveness of the International Criminal Court.

Macarthur Awards $1 Million to International Crisis Group

MacArthur  has announced a $1 million grant over three years to the International Crisis Group (ICG) for world-wide efforts to prevent and resolve deadly conflict. "As a result of humanitarian disasters in Rwanda, Bosnia, East Timor ...

More Than $1.5 Million in Support of Human Rights in Russia

MacArthur has announced six grants totaling more than $1.5 million in support of six Moscow-based organizations that serve as network hubs for local and regional human rights work in 13 regions across Russia.

In Support of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in U.S.

MacArthur has announced three grants totaling $3.5 million in support of three major institutions working to protect the civil rights and civil liberties of individuals living in the United States.
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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.
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