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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

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

New State Law in Nigeria Improves Legal Rights for Suspects

A new law adopted last month by the Anambra State government in Nigeria includes reforms of the criminal justice system recommended by MacArthur grantee the Legal Defense and Assistance Project. Read More
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The Human Toll of Violence in the Central African Republic

UC Berkeley researcher Patrick Vinck shares his experiences documenting the human impact of violence in the Central African Republic, a country currently under investigation by the International Criminal Court. More on the Human Rights Center at ... 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

Media Collaboration Highlights International Justice

MacArthur grantees Link TV and Skylight Pictures collaborated on a new media initiative designed to educate the public about the International Criminal Court and challenges in international justice. Read More

Website Tracks Impact of the BP Oil Spill

MacArthur grantee Ushahidi is using its crowd-sourcing technology - an open-source platform originally created to document reports of political violence - to generate a database on the impact of the BP oil spill on the Gulf Coast. Read More
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Victim Participation and Fair Trials at the ICC

In September 2009, international justice leaders from around the world gathered at the United Nations in New York City to consult on the way forward for the International Criminal Court and the future of international justice ... 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
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Mary R. Page

Director, Human Rights

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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Quinn Hanzel

Program Assistant
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Phillis D. Hollice

Program Administrator
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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, Evaluation