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Cameroon Military Courts

The report finds that the Cameroonian government uses its anti-terrorism law to prosecute human rights defenders and journalists in military tribunals, rather than impartial civilian courts, and consistently denies them the right to a fair trial and appeals process, coupled with incommunicado and lengthy pre-trial detention.

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Call for Nominations for ABA International Human Rights Award

Join the American Bar Association (ABA) in nominating candidates for the prestigious 2024 International Human Rights Award, honoring global leaders or organizations dedicated to advancing international human rights. Nominees should exemplify courage, dedication, and leadership in promoting human rights outside the United States. Learn more and submit a nomination at the link below.

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Trial Observation Report: Guatemala vs. José Rubén Zamora

José Rubén Zamora, an award-winning Guatemalan journalist and the Founding Director of the now-shuttered Guatemalan outlet ElPeriódico, was prosecuted for money laundering, influence peddling and blackmail. This trial observation report concludes that the pretrial and trial violations in the proceedings against Mr. Zamora rendered his trial fundamentally unfair.

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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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