Advocating for Human and Civil Rights for Minority Communities

Cleveland has a rich history of championing civil rights and diversity. Cleveland’s African-American community has been a dominant force since the early 19th century, leading to Carl Stokes being elected as one of the first African-American mayors in a major U.S. city. Cleveland also has a bright history of defending civil rights in court and […]

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Human Rights and Media Freedom: Tajikistan

As a mountainous landlocked country in Central Asia and a former state of the USSR, Tajikistan is relatively stable. However, the recent conflict in the southern region of Gorno-Badakhshan in July 2012 saw severe fighting, and nervousness among the population has increased due to the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. Additionally, journalists reporting on […]

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Civil Society and Rights Activism in China

China is undergoing radical social, economic and legal change on a daily basis. Three of its leading activists will discuss the current human rights situation in China, based on their collective decades of experience. Lu Jun, Yu Fangqiang and Zhou Dan will explore the spaces available for activism in contemporary China, and offer their predictions […]

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