For most people, surviving a gunshot to the head, losing both your son and son-in-law to brutal murders, and being forced to flee your homeland would be grounds for giving up. But Pierre Claver Mbonimpa isn’t most people. He’s a fierce and fearless activist who won’t let the threat of violence stop him from defending the rights of the most vulnerable in Burundi.
Over the past month, Burmese military forces have intensified their scorched-earth campaign against the Rohingya by burning villages, looting homes, killing residents, and forcing nearly half a million people in northern Rakhine State to flee their homes and seek refuge in neighboring Bangladesh. Several Fund grantees are working to expose the atrocities and support the displaced.
After long battle, a renewed hope for truth, justice, and accountability Photo by James Rodríguez By Clare Nangle, Fund staff October 6, 2017 What would you do if your son was taken and you never found out what happened to him? This unthinkable question is one that Emma Theissen Álvarez has been forced to ask […]
The August 14 landslide and floods in Freetown shocked people around the world. At least 500 people died, and several hundred more remain unaccounted for. This was not simply a natural disaster. Government negligence played a crucial role in the loss of life.
Are the spaces for civic engagement, including for civil society operations, expanding or contracting in Nigeria? Lately, Nigeria has witnessed a marked increase in the exercise of overbearing governmental power, which has not only created an atmosphere of fear in the country, but has also considerably contracted the spaces for civil society and civic engagement.
Photo courtesy of MTM By Zahraa Saheb, Program Intern August 23, 2017 “[They] did not help them. . . they stood still.” When staff members of the Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción orphanage were supposed to rapidly evacuate the children, they instead “stood still,” according to a 16-year-old former resident. On March 8th, 41 […]
At the Fund, we know that true equality for women and girls means strong, locally-rooted women’s rights activism that disrupts power structures and cultural norms—some of which are centuries old—that relegate women to second-class status. In every region in which we work, we support talented women and men who are committed to changing this status […]
From the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast to the Niger Delta Avengers in the South, life in Nigeria can be insecure and politically unstable. John Kabia, the Fund's Program Officer for West Africa, witnessed this firsthand in February 2017, when he visited our grantees and advisors in the field.
Photo courtesy of Accountability Lab August 7, 2017 “Name and shame” For years, this has been the main approach organizations have used to tackle corruption. Groups employing this tactic work to apprehend corrupt politicians, then broadcast their names publicly to discourage others from committing similar acts. And while some progress has been made, this method […]
Human rights organizations and funders in Latin America need to rethink how they protect defenders in light of increasing threats from non-state actors and impunity encouraged by the state. By Padre Melo July 11, 2017 This post originally appeared on OpenGlobalRights website; article reposted with permission. Beyond the tragic stories and shocking statistics of environmental and […]