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ABA Presidential Letter to Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken re. Human Rights Abuses in Saudi Arabia

The American Bar Association expresses concern that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has continued to wrongfully detain a number of human rights advocates without cause. (Pictured: Saudi Red Crescent employee Abdulrahman Al-Sadhan)

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Labor Rights

Ecuador: Preliminary Report on Criminal Charges Filed Against Labor Organizer Jorge Acosta

After observing several hearings in the cases against Jorge Acosta, an Ecuadorian workers’ rights advocate and coordinator of the banana workers’ union ASTAC, Center staff attorneys concluded that the criminal proceedings against him have been characterized by several serious irregularities. (Photo Credit: "The Banana Worker" by Sgillins13 is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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View the Center's materials relating to human rights violations, rule of law, and governmental accountability around the world.

Eleanor Roosevelt Prize for Global Human Rights Advancement

With the blessing of the Roosevelt family, CHR in 2018 established the annual Eleanor Roosevelt Prize for Global Human Rights Advancement to recognize persons and organizations having a positive, enduring, and global impact in advancing the principles set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which Eleanor Roosevelt championed.

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The Center consists of an executive board, chaired by Hon. James A. Wynn, Jr., special counselors and an advisory council, all appointed by the ABA president. Liaisons to the Center are appointed by ABA entities and external organizations.

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