AHRC Statement on the Anti-Semitic Massacre in Pittsburgh

On this Sabbath day Jews were brutally gunned down in their place of worship, at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, while celebrating the baby naming of a new born Jewish infant. Eleven people were killed in the massacre and another 12 injured, including police. The holiness of the Shabbat and the joyous celebration became a scene of slaughter at the hands of an American terrorist, whose anti-Semitism and hate for refugee immigrants, as evidenced by his tweets, were a clear motive. The terrorist was arrested and the FBI has called this a hate crime. African Human Rights Coalition stands in solidarity with the families and friends of those who died today, and all injured

African HRC Statement in Solidarity with Trans Community

Trans people in the United Sates have responded to the Trump threat to tighten the definition of gender as revealed by the New York Times with a resounding: "WE WON'T BE ERASED". New York Times: It was reported that the Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a government wide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law. A series of decisions by the Obama administration loosened the legal concept of gender in federal programs, including in education and health care, recognizing gender largely as an individual’s choi

Inter Parliamentary Union Votes to Ban LGBT Debate

Today the 138th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly voted. with 689 MPs against and 499 legislators voted for, the proposal to debate an amendment on the rights of LGBT refugees and migrants. Melanie Nathan, Executive Director of the African Human Rights Coalition, notes: This push to negate LGBT people was led by the notoriously homophobic leader of the Ugandan parliament, Rebecca Kadaga.It is a sad day when so many people who seek refuge from criminalization and persecution from their own countries receive further abuse at the hands of a global body such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union. This is a body which ought to place human rights and protections for these very people at the fo

International Criminal Court Celebrates 20 years

July 2018 marked 20 years since the adoption of the Rome Statute, establishing the first permanent international criminal court with a mandate to investigate and prosecute individuals who participate in international atrocity crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Since then, the Court has taken on cases from Sudan to Central African Republic, with varying degrees of success. The Court participates in the global fight to end impunity, and through international criminal justice, the Court aims to hold those responsible accountable for their crimes and to help prevent these crimes from happening again. This is a court of last resort, seeking to complement, not replace, na

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