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David Keyes on Al Jazeera Global Day of Action

 

David Keyes, Executive Director of Advancing Human Rights, appears on Al Jazeera’s ‘Consider This’ February 27, 2014 to discuss Advancing Human Rights’ newest initiative, Dissident Squared and the increasing hostile environment that reporters are facing.

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Faculty, Fellows, Alumni Pay Tribute to Robert L. Bernstein

Robert L. Bernstein is the Chairman of the Board at Advancing Human Rights.

This year’s Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Symposium included a special, surprise tribute to Bob Bernstein, for whom the Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellowships and Bernstein Symposium are named.

Yale Law School faculty, former and current Bernstein fellows, colleagues, alumni, and Bernstein family members gathered for the tribute to Bernstein—a man who has devoted his life to the defense of freedom of expression and the protection of victims of injustice and abuse throughout the world.

The founder and former chair of Human Rights Watch, Bernstein has been a leader in the development of the...

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Vladimir Putin: Driven by Russian nationalism

Advancing Human Rights Board Member David Kilgour blog appears today on Yahoo Canada News Blog.

Apart from Catherine II and Peter I ("the Greats"),  Alexander II ("the Liberator") and Mikhail Gorbachev, few Russian   leaders appear to be respected today by both Russians and the world.  Boris Yeltsin demonstrated courage and democratic instincts as the twice   freely-elected president of Russia in the 1990s. Most of the world’s   democrats would probably say his most serious mistake was resigning his   position in 2000 to Vladimir Putin, who would assert five years later   that the "collapse of the Soviet Union was a major geopolitical disaster   of the century."

Russians have demonstrated for centuries that despotic governance...

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Canada’s Irwin Cotler happy to be banned by Russia

Irwin Cotler, Canadian Parliamentarian and member of the Board at Advancing Human Rights.

Cotler was among 13 Canadians to appear on the blacklist issued Monday.

"I wear my exclusion from Russia as a badge of honor and am proud to be in such distinguished company," Cotler, also a veteran human rights activist, said in a statement. "I have no intention of visiting Siberia. I have no investments in Sochi. I have no desire to visit Moscow." Read more

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Crisis in Ukraine: A lesson in Finnish history may be the key to a peaceful conclusion

David KilgourAdvancing Human Rights Board Member David Kilgour blog appears today on Yahoo Canada News Blog. 
 
 
 
 

The Russian media and ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych are striking in their attempts to rewrite events in Kiev, calling it a “fascist coup” that justifies invading a sovereign country.
 
Probably no one outside Ukraine has cut through the propaganda more effectively than Timothy Snyder, history professor at Yale and author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin: “Ukraine (under Yanukovych) was governed by probably the most financially corrupt regime in the history of the world, which by the end of its...

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The tragic farce of the UN Human Rights Council

Irwin CotlerAdvancing Human Rights Board Member Irwin Cotler op-ed appears today in Canada’s National Post. On Monday, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) began its first session since electing 14 new members last fall. Among them are Saudi Arabia, Cuba, China and Russia, all regimes that violate the human rights of their own populations as a matter of course. You can read the full article here.

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“Breaking the Silence”: A Ten-Point Political Prisoner Advocacy Action Plan

Irwin Cotler, Canadian Parliamentarian and member of the Board at Advancing Human Rights.

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  1. Legal advocacy within the violator regime: to unmask and expose human rights violating regimes as being in standing violation of their own laws. Professor Cotler’s landmark legal brief on behalf of Natan Sharansky is a case study.    
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  3. The internationalization of advocacy: to unmask and expose human rights violating regimes as being in violation of their international legal obligations – as was done with the Helsinki Final Act – and their respective undertakings to state parties.    
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  5. Public shaming:  to mobilize governments internationally to shame and sanction human rights violators.    
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AHR Board Member Irwin Cotler on the Sochi Olympics

Irwin Cotler, a Canadian Parliamentarian and member of the Board at Advancing Human Rights, wrote for The Alegmeiner on Russian dissident Sergei Magnitsky.

Sochi's Olympic Village. Photo: WikipediaOn the eve of the Sochi Olympics, over 200 writers from around the world – including Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, and Russian novelist Lyudmila Ulitskaya – published on open letter condemning the Russian government’s attacks on free expression, and calling on Russia to create “an environment in which all citizens can experience the benefit of the free exchange of opinion.”

Regrettably, as the globe’s attention turns to Russia for a celebration of sport, the Russian reality is that Vladimir Putin’s administration persecutes sexual minorities, brutally suppresses political dissent, and supports Bashar al-Assad’s...

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Dmytro Bulatov: Ukrainian Activist Beaten and Left to Die; Found and More Alive than Ever

Dmytro Bulatov: Ukrainian Activist Beaten and Left to Die; Found and More Alive than Ever

Ukrainian Activist Dmytro Bulatov has been found alive after being kidnapped, severely beaten, and left to die, following a trend of targeted attacks against anti-government opposition activists.

Ukrainian opposition activist, Dmytro Bulatov, is now the most recent target of suspicious attacks on anti-government activists. After having been reported missing more than a week ago and presumed dead, Bulatov has been found alive in the outskirts of Kiev. Bulatov, leader of the rising Ukrainian political activist group, Automaidan, a recently founded...

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What Has Gone Wrong With International Human Rights and How To Fix It

David KeyesIn Copenhagen today leading academics, government officials and practitioners convened in the Danish Parliament under the auspices of the Freedom Rights Project to discuss the problems afflicting international human rights and provide solutions. 

The Freedom Rights Project aims to raise the quality of human rights discourse as a necessary step to changing bad practice. As part of that they examine whether international human rights institutions have become ineffective, or worse, counterproductive, to human rights.

Among the speakers are Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. State Department, Paula G. Schriefer and David Keyes,...

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