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Post-Conference Press Statement from PHRGE

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Human Rights Institute at Northeastern University School of Law
Affirms Importance of Local Action to Protect and Advance Human Rights

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Human Rights: More Than a Declaration

2016_colette_open_letter_graphic_for_eblastToday marks 68 years since the adoption of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The declaration came at the conclusion of World War II, when specific groups of people were targets for eradication, and when natural resources were sacrificed to global militarization fueled by advancing industrialization.

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Maina Kiai on use of excessive force against #NoDAPL protests

dakota-rightsA United Nations human rights expert has accused US security forces of using excessive force against protesters trying to stop an oil pipeline project which runs through land sacred to indigenous people.

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Post-Election Statement from the Coordinating Center

Today, as we continue to wrestle with the legacies and political realities of white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, bigotry, neoliberalism, and the other systems of oppression we live under, we find our political landscape and material conditions undergoing a shift with Donald Trump’s election to the Presidency.

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Baltimore’s high water rates violate U.N. standards, advocates say

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"How bad is the water affordability situation in Baltimore? Some at last night’s City Council hearing tried to answer the question with sobering statistics.

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USHRN Press Release at End of UNWGAD Visit

 ATLANTA, GA – Today, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention ends their official visit to the United States. After visiting three states and Washington D.C., meeting with government officials as well as civil society, they shared their remarks and preliminary findings at a press conference today.

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USHRN Statement on Recent Police Killings and Charlotte Protests

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“Impunity for State violence has resulted in the current human rights crisis and must be addressed as a matter of urgency.” 
Final report of the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent to the United Nations Human Rights Council, September 2016

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UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Critiques US on Guantanamo Bay

"Turning to the United States, I have repeatedly expressed my dismay at the failure of the Government to accept the Special Rapporteur on Torture's request to enter the Guantanamo Bay detention centre and conduct confidential interviews, as is the agreed practice for all the Council’s experts. Guantanamo has long been a space of reported serious violations. The evasive tactics of the US authorities with respect to requests by international human rights mandates are deeply regrettable." - Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner on Human Human Rights
Read the full statement here.

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Bittersweet Announcement About the Network

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Four years ago, the US Human Rights Network had the privilege of naming Ejim Dike as our Executive Director, and we now celebrate the indelible impact that she has had on the organization and human rights movement as she transitions into the next chapter of her career and personal life. 

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Announcing our 2016 FIHRE Fellows

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We are excited to announce our 2016 FIHRE Fellows: Erika Almiron, Executive Director, Juntos

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Most of the world recognizes it’s wrong to criminalize women for having an abortion, what about Indiana?

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Most of the world recognizes it's wrong to criminalize women for having an abortion, what about Indiana?, by Cynthia Soohoo

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U.S. Preaches Human Rights Across The Globe, But Fails to Provide Black and Poor People a Basic Human Right

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"Who will hold America accountable for its crimes against humanity? The water austerity measures in Detroit, and the lead poisoning crisis in Flint – of which the latter has led to federal class-action lawsuits and a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations suit against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder — confirm the presence of a national human rights disaster.  As President Obama prepares to visit Flint on May 4, there is much to consider.

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40+ Organizations and Leaders Sign HRTWS Statement (4/11/2016)

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“I couldn’t help but think . . . if you are. . . [supporting the right to water globally] outside your borders, can’t you do it at the same time in tandem so nobody falls through the cracks? . . .

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World Water Day Press Release

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ON WORLD WATER DAY 2016, US HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS SAY “WATER IS A HUMAN RIGHT!”

EVENTS HELD AT UN COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN, WHITE HOUSE, STATE CAPITOL OF MI

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Rights to Water and Sanitation IACHR Hearing Request GRANTED

U.S. GOVERNMENT MUST ANSWER FOR SYSTEMIC VIOLATIONS OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS TO WATER AND SANITATION IN THE UNITED STATES AT HUMAN RIGHTS HEARING

NATIONAL COALITION’S PETITION FOR HEARING AT INTER-AMERCAN COMMMISION GRANTED

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The Flint Water Crisis is a Human Rights Crisis

 

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MEDIA ADVISORY FOR RELEASE: February 16, 2016

NATIONAL COALITION: THE FLINT WATER CRISIS IS A HUMAN RIGHTS CRISIS

 

The US Human Rights Network’s National Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Coalition, comprised of over 100 organizations and individuals from across the United States, wishes to call attention to the Flint water crisis as a human rights crisis in-and-of itself, as well as connected to a larger national crisis for the human rights to water and sanitation....

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UN OHCHR Press Release on UNWGEPAD Visit

UN expert group on people of African descent launches fact-finding visit to the United States

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Photos & Videos from Advancing Human Rights 2015

 

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Here's a few photos from Advancing Rights. Stay tuned for more photos & videos to come from the conference!

(Photo Credit: Omar Espinoza)

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UN General Assembly Resolution on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Passed! December 17, 2015

UN General Assembly Resolution on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Passed! December 17, 2015

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"Police Terrorism in the 21st Century" Plenary at Advancing Human Rights 2015

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Session Description: "You must let suffering speak, if you want to hear the truth”― Cornel West.

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#WhenWeWin: Closing Plenary Panelists Announced

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ADVANCING HUMAN RIGHTS 2015 will close with another plenary panel, #WhenWeWin: Stretching Our Imaginations, Strengthening Our Movements. We are excited to announce the panelists for this session as they will bring imagination, vision, and strategy to this closing plenary. We look forward to leaving the conference stretched, growing in our thinking, and ready to continue the powerful human rights work that we are doing back home.

#WhenWeWin: Stretching Our Imaginations, Strengthening Our Movements Panelists:

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DC Joins the UNPO (Huffington Post)

DC Is The Latest UNPO Member (Huffington Post)

"At its 20th session in Brussels, Belgium, UNPO formally voted to accept the Nation's Capital as a new member. The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is an international, nonviolent and democratic membership organization. Its members are indigenous peoples, minorities and unrecognized or occupied territories who have joined together to protect and promote their human and cultural rights, to preserve their environments and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them.

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Opening Plenary Speakers Announced

Feet on the Ground, Head Pointed to the Sun: Towards a Radical Human Rights Movement at Home

Friday, the first full day of ADVANCING HUMAN RIGHTS 2015, begins with an opening plenary panel, Feet on the Ground, Head Pointed to the Sun: Towards a Radical Human Rights Movement at Home, that will set the stage for the rest of the conference. We are delighted and honored to announce the panelists for the session. The panel is sure to be full of bold vision, sharp strategy, and intersectional analysis for a people-centered human rights movement in the U.S. that radically shifts the relations of power towards dignity, safety, and liberation for all.

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