Migrants in the woods of Nador, Morocco learning about their rights as they make their way north. Faces blurred to protect identities. December 17, 2016 Written by Chloée Ponchelet Chloée Ponchelet is the Fund’s Program Officer for Migrants’ Rights, overseeing the Fund’s initiative to support activists that document and expose the grim reality facing migrants […]
“Sasa!” That’s the rallying cry from men and women in Uganda’s capital city reaching out to their communities to prevent domestic violence against women. Literally translated, “sasa” means “now” – and that’s when Tina Musuya and her organization, Centre for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP), believe gender-based abuse must stop. More than half of women in […]
December 10, 2016 By James Savage, Program Officer at the Fund for Global Human Rights, and Iva Dobichina at Open Society Foundations. This post originally appeared in the Guardian; article reposted with permission. In 2018 we will mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, which recognises the role and guarantees the […]
December 9, 2016 The Fund for Global Human Rights congratulates Abdul Manaff Kemokai, Executive Director of Defence for Children International Sierra Leone (DCI-SL), on his receipt of the Child 10 Award 2016 on November 14th, 2016. The Child 10 Summit brings together remarkable leaders of grassroots organizations so they can share knowledge and solutions to protect […]
December 9, 2016 Over a two-day period in June 2007, flooding in Balochistan, Pakistan destroyed the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people. This unprecedented flooding was a direct result of defective engineering in the Mirani Dam, built by the Pakistani government in 2001. Horrified by the events, Sharif Shambezi fought tirelessly to secure compensation […]
What happens when an opportunity arises that activists didn’t expect? Or when an unforeseen threat endangers their work - or even their personal safety? The Fund for Global Human Rights stands ready to support our grantees both in moments of tragedy and insecurity, as well as in times of new growth.
Last Tuesday, November 15, we joined nearly 150 other organizations and activists on Twitter to talk about about the importance of gender justice. The Twitter chat, which was structured as a series of questions by Foundation for a Just Society, offered folks who support women’s and LGBTI rights around the globe a chance to talk in real time about gender-focused activism.
An Activist’s Response to the UN Special Rapporteur’s Call to End Violence Against Environmental Human Rights Defenders
November 1, 2016 By Claudia Virginia Samayoa, founder and coordinator Unidad de Protección a Defensoras y Defensores de Derechos Humanos – Guatemala (UDEFEGUA). Translated from Spanish by Lydia Cocom. Fund grantee UDEFEGUA works every day to protect human rights defenders in Guatemala – an increasingly difficult feat as violence against activists escalates. In this […]
Shahzad Akbar, the Executive Director and founder of Foundation for Fundamental Rights Pakistan (FFR), was the first lawyer to challenge the US drone strikes in Pakistan and the devastating impact they have had on the lives of innocent families in the region. A corporate lawyer by training, Shahzad had spent most of his career working in close cooperation with the US authorities, working as a prosecutor at Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau and as a consultant for USAID projects in Pakistan. This all changed, however, when a drone strike victim walked though his door in 2010.
Close on the heels of the UN adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015, the upcoming HABITAT III conference offers the international community a timely opportunity to revisit and revision its commitments to putting human rights at the heart of sustainable urban development. However, the encompassing of human rights into the international development agenda and the timing of HABITAT III come at a point where human rights activists have never been under greater attack. Does this mean that co-operation and collaboration between government and civil society in the advent of the closing space for civil society is no longer feasible?