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Russia's War in Ukraine: Filtration and Forced Relocation of Civilians Constitute Gross Violations of International Law

This report joins the voices of those documenting the treatment of Ukrainian civilians and the conditions in which civilians are held, as well as the forced transfers and deportations taking place in connection to the filtration process.

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NGOs Call for Protection of Journalists in Cameroon ahead of Country's UN Human Rights Review

This joint submission by ABA CHR, the Committee to Project Journalists, and Freedom House, with the support of Covington & Burling LLP, ahead of Cameroon's Universal Periodic Review highlights that the killing, physical attacks, abduction, torture, and harassment of journalists by Cameroonian police, intelligence agencies, military, and non-state actors continue to have a severe chilling effect.

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Reports, Articles & Publications

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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Center Leadership

The Center consists of an executive board, chaired by Roula Allouch, 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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CHR: A History

Founded in February 2001, CHR celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2021. This History tells the circuitous tale of CHR’s evolution from one man’s idea, to a small group’s adopted cause, to a new staff’s shared mission, to a multi-faceted defender of human rights and a just rule of law around the world.

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