This week, millions will set out for Thanksgiving, a holiday that celebrates how refugees from religious persecution found freedom in a new land. I’ll be one of those traveling. Of course, I’ll be travelling legally, with the right paperwork. Most of us can't imagine how much harder it is to cross international borders if you can’t get your papers in order. Yet millions of people fleeing war and instability, or fearing persecution from their own government, don’t have the luxury of applying for passports and waiting for visas.
The United Nations General Assembly should approve a new resolution and make clear that indiscriminate surveillance is never consistent with the right to privacy, five human rights organizations said in a November 20, 2013 letter to members of the United Nations General Assembly.
The Mexican government should ensure that the process of developing a national database of the disappeared is thorough, efficient, and transparent. Development of the database should be coupled with serious investigations to determine the fate of thousands of people who remain unaccounted for.
Honduran government officials should publicly repudiate recent criticism of two leaders of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). The officials should protect the right to speak out about human rights abuses and to express opinions and concerns about the country’s upcoming elections
The founding of a global federation of domestic workers is a sign of the growing strength of the movement, and a key moment to assess progress for workers long excluded from basic labor protections. There are an estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide – the majority of whom are women and girls, and many of whom are migrants.