Current News at the Institute

2016 Advocate Organizes Dialogue to Protect Human Rights Defenders
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

2016 Advocate Mulshid Muwonge, Jr. organized a community dialogue in western Uganda to discuss issues affecting the security and safety of female human rights defenders in the region. The dialogue included law enforcement officers, probation officers, officers responsible for family and child protection, community development officers, religious leaders, and representatives from cultural institutions.

The Importance of Acting Locally
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Beginning in 1937, many calendars began designating October 9th as "Columbus Day." However, over the past several years - especially since the adoption of the historic UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 10 years ago - a growing number of places in the USA have done away with the “Columbus” part and renamed the day “Indigenous Peoples’ Day”. These include the states of Alaska, and Vermont and the cities of Seattle, Albuquerque, San Francisco, Denver, Bangor CityMaine and, most recently, Los Angeles and Cambridge.

Samuel Matsikure, 2016
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

In honor of the 30th Class of the Human Rights Advocates Program (2018), we are asking our alumni to share their experiences as human rights advocates. Join us as 2016 Advocate Samuel Matsikure of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe takes us through his organization's journey over the past 25 years.

Kay Atanda, M.A. 2015
Monday, September 25, 2017

Congratulations to Kay Atanda, a 2016 Human Rights M.A. graduate, on being selected as a 2017-18 United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Fellow.

By Jason Hung, guest blogger
Monday, September 25, 2017