Solitary confinement is an overused practice around the world.
COVID era mandates to combat the virus were especially hard on marginalized communities. The situation was particularly difficult for those living in refugee encampments. The Diyarouna Foundation felt a responsibility to support vulnerable children during this time. Diyarouna launched an initiative called "Our Stories Knocking" in the Burj al-Shamali camp in Lebanon. The campaign aimed to share captivating content children could access from the comfort of their homes.
Hostility towards outsiders is often a reaction to fear.
On a snowy day in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2018, a refurbished public bus made its first outing as the Charmaghz mobile library, providing access to books to children living in conflict. Charmaghz now has 16 mobile libraries operating in Afghanistan.
Once a year, families torn apart by a broken immigration system gather at the US southern border between Texas and Mexico to briefly reunite.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of people in more than 200 countries come together for a global letter writing marathon for human rights.
This tactic combines the power of art and technology to pay tribute to the courage of genocide survivors. In 2014, ISIS launched deadly attacks against the Yazidi people in northern Iraq. Thousands were killed, exiled, or forced into slavery.
Taboos are often created by outdated traditions and social norms, and misguided interpretations of religion. These taboos affect different segments of the community, such as women, minorities and people with disabilities. Taboos label, control choices and make people vulnerable to abuse and violation.
In the best of times, human rights advocacy requires constant tactical innovation. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2019 generated huge additional challenges. In early 2020, the African Network against Extrajudicial Killings and Enforced Disappearances (ANEKED) in The Gambia was working on creating an in-person traveling memorialization exhibition of their “The Duty to Remember” project. They planned the launch as part of Human Rights Week 2020 organized by the University of Geneva in Switzerland.