The Fund for Global Human Rights kicked off 2018 with excitement and a renewed sense of determination. Nowhere is this greater than in London, where we are creating new capacity and opportunities for the Fund in Europe. With a new office, a new vision, and new staff (including myself), we are ready to promote the voices of and mobilize support for frontline human activists like never before. I began as Director of the European Office at the end of 2017 and am thrilled to be taking on this role, at this moment in time, and with this set of colleagues.
March 3, 2016 For 36 years, Guatemala was engaged in a bloody civil war. From 1960 to 1996, thousands of rural and indigenous people were displaced, tortured, and raped, and over 200,000 people were killed in 626 documented massacres—most perpetrated by the government against indigenous peoples. Since the end of the war, organizations supported by […]
The Fund for Global Human Rights is delighted to announce the hire of Patrick Pierce to the position of Program Officer for Southeast Asia. Originally from the United States, Patrick has lived in Thailand for over seventeen years and brings a wealth of experience in Southeast Asia to the Fund. Previously, Patrick worked for the […]
December 17, 2015 At a time when disunity and political paralysis threatened to undermine post-revolutionary Tunisia, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet provided a unified vision for a progressive, democratic future. Recently recognized by 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, the Quartet’s extraordinary success bears testament to the power of locally-rooted groups who work tirelessly, often at immense […]
December 16, 2015 The Fund for Global Human Rights is delighted to announce the hire of James Savage to the position of Program Officer for the Enabling Environment for Human Rights Defenders Program. James will join the Fund in February 2016 in its European Office in London after more than sixteen years with Amnesty International […]
For over a decade, our grants have sustained human rights movements in unforgiving contexts around the world. Earlier this week the board of the Fund for Global Human Rights approved more than $2.5 million in grants and technical assistance to 128 organizations in our Latin America, West Africa, and Southeast Asia programs. We asked our […]
It was 5:30pm on August 3, 2015. Pierre Claver Mbonimpa was almost home from work in his neighborhood in Bujumbura, when an armed man on a motorcycle pulled up next to his car. He fired at close range, lodging four bullets into Pierre Claver’s face and neck. His life was in danger. Pierre Claver was […]
Life imprisonment for same-sex relationships—that is the discriminatory punishment Uganda’s president approved when he signed the Anti-Homosexuality Act into law in February 2014. Due to its far-reaching provisions that penalized “promoting homosexuality,” the law also restricted public dialogue and activism, health service provision, and the funding of groups that fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) rights.
Late September last year, students from the Ayotzinapa teachers’ school in Guerrero state, Mexico were traveling to an event to raise funds for their school when they were violently intercepted by local police. Several students were killed by open gunfire, and 43 students disappeared. Protests in solidarity with the students and their families arose across […]
Among the many consequences of Thailand's 2014 coup has been a growing crackdown on dissent. Even before the coup, civil society had been facing increasing restrictions by the Thai government, including censorship, surveillance, and attacks on their digital rights and internet freedoms.