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Human Rights

Civil rights and human rights have always been intertwined. At the heart of the civil rights movement is the basic human dignity of all people and their right to live in freedom and with justice and equal opportunity. 

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Civil and Human Rights Groups React to Reports of Updated Profiling Guidance

April 15, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

When George W. Bush said in a presidential debate in 2000 that “we ought to do everything we can to end racial profiling,” the civil and human rights community hoped that his encouraging statement would lead to federal policy. However, his administration’s profiling guidance, released in 2003 and still to date unreformed, was inadequate 11 years ago and is even less sufficient in 2014 as it continues to affect millions of Americans from a range of racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.

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Disability Treaty CRPD, an Opportunity for American Leadership

November 22, 2013 - Posted by Hannah Cornfield

Human rights activists filled the room to support Senate ratification of the disability rights treaty at the second hearing on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on November 21.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Confirmation of Harper to UNHRC

November 20, 2013 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights pushed this week for the confirmation of Keith Harper as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council, a position President Obama nominated him for in June.

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Human Rights Advocates Urge Senate to Ratify Disability Treaty

November 8, 2013 - Posted by Avril Lighty

Human rights and disability rights advocates packed three rooms and tuned in via social media on Tuesday to watch the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing regarding the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

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Civil Rights Groups Recognize the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) by Drawing Attention to Racial Disparities in U.S. Education System

September 23, 2013 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

By Tamera Willis, a Fall 2013 Intern

Though the U.S. Constitution was built on the ideals of equality and equal opportunity, the reality for low-income, minority American children navigating our education system is very different.

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Obama Administration Seeks to Advance Women’s Role in Securing Global Peace

December 22, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

President Obama this week released a groundbreaking new plan and issued an executive order to increase U.S. support for strengthening the participation of women around the world in ending conflict and securing peace.

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Senate Hearing on Women and the Arab Spring Movement Highlights Need for U.S. to Ratify Women’s Rights Treaty

November 3, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

A Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing this week on the role of women in the Arab Spring movement drew attention to the need for the United States to join with 187 other countries that have committed to advance and protect the rights of women by ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

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House Committee Votes to Limit U.S. Leadership Role on Human Rights at U.N.

October 14, 2011 - Posted by Sakira Cook

In a straight party-line vote of 23-15, Republican members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs this week passed H.R. 2829, the U.N. Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act of 2011. Among other things, the legislation seeks to withhold funding for several important U.N. programs and activities and restrict U.S. participation in the Human Rights Council.

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On the Tenth Anniversary of September 11

September 9, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is a moment to honor and remember the nearly 3,000 victims who were killed on that day and to reaffirm a commitment to basic civil and human rights that stands against hatred and intolerance. In this spirit, The Leadership Conference Education Fund has partnered with USA Network in a public service campaign around the premiere of The Space Between, airing on Sunday, September 11 at 9 p.m Eastern/8 p.m. Central.

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More Than 70 Organizations Sign Shared Statement of Principles on Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

August 31, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

On the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, representatives from more than 70 national civil rights, human rights, civil liberties, Muslim, Jewish, and South Asian groups have signed a shared statement of principles that they say must guide responses to such horrendous and terrifying acts.

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