Human Rights

Fairview Heights Man Convicted for Making Terroristic Threats

A Fairview Heights man was convicted in U.S. District Court on April 27, 2011, for Making a False Threat to Detonate an Explosive Device, and Influencing a Federal Officer by Threat, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Roman O. Conaway, 51, was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on October 5, 2010, in a two-count indictment following a seven hour standoff with federal authorities.

Cochiti Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Murder Charge

Defendant Admits Killing His 95-Year-Old Grandmother

This morning, Brian Joseph Chavez, 38, an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Cochiti, entered a guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge. The plea was entered in Albuquerque federal court under a plea agreement with the United States Attorney’s Office. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Chavez will be sentenced to a 25-year term of imprisonment. Chavez has been in federal custody since his arrest on June 22, 2009 and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

COTE D'IVOIRE: A massacre witnessed

This boy was shot in the face when armed men attacked a building where scores of people had sought refuge

HLS International Human Rights Clinic lobbies for humanitarian restrictions on weapons


Vital lifeline opens up for trapped Libyans as UN vessel arrives with aid

A WFP food distribution at Ras Jedir on the Tunisian-Libyan border

Syria: Bread and Propaganda

Syrian bread promoting love of Bashar al-Assad

ANALYSIS: Evacuated from Gaza in 2005 but still “homeless”

Temporary housing at the Gush Katif settlements in Gaza. About 230 of the 1,450 families from Gush Katif have moved into permanent homes

Man Wrongly Convicted: Are Prosecutors Liable?

When prosecutors violate the law to deprive a person of a fair trial, is vindication enough, or should the prosecutors be held liable for damages?

MIGRATION: Afghan asylum-seekers hit by tighter immigration rules

Insecurity and lack of socio-economic opportunities have contributed to the rise in asylum seekers from Afghanistan

Key U.S. Accomplishments at the UN Human Rights Council

This September will mark the two-year anniversary of U.S. membership on the United Nations Human Rights Council. U.S. engagement at the Council has led to a number of new mechanisms to spotlight and address serious human rights concerns and focused international attention to some of the world’s most egregious human rights abusers. Much work remains before the Council can fully realize its mandate as the international community’s focal point for the protection and promotion of human rights. The United States will continue to work hard to diminish the Council’s biased disproportionate focus on Israel. The United States maintains a vocal, principled stand against this focus, and will continue its robust efforts to end it.