The 2014 Annual Voices for Justice Dinner will honor the work of the late Alison Des Forges, one of the world’s foremost experts on Rwanda, who dedicated her life to the struggle for human rights in Rwanda.
To celebrate the beginning of our 10th year in Chicago and the recent passage of the marriage equality bill in Illinois, the Human Rights Watch Chicago Committee will host a screening of "The New Black" on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 6 PM at the Harold Washington Library. The film, a documentary by Yoruba Richen, explores how the African-American community is grappling with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in light of the marriage equality movement and the fight over civil rights.
A panel discussion and Q&A featuring director Yoruba Richen and noted activist Maxim Thorne will take place following the screening.
The Human Rights Watch Chicago Film Festival will be held Tuesdays, May 13 through June 10 at the Gene Siskel Film Center and features five incredible films and panel discussions about current human rights issues. For film synopses, panel lineup and ticket information, visit http://ff.hrw.org/chicago.
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Chicago Director of HRW, Jobi Cates, was quoted in the Chicago Bureau for her work on juvenile life-without-parole (JLWOP) sentence reform in Illinois.
In 2012, the US Supreme Court declared mandatory JLWOP a “cruel and unusual punishment” in violation of the 8th amendment. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child also prohibits JLWOP, a treaty only 2 out of 193 nations did not ratify: Somalia and the US.
Since the 2012 Supreme Court decision, however, many states have amended their legislation, accounting for the offender’s youth and life circumstances. While Illinois has yet to make changes, the state is currently considering alternatives to mandatory JLWOP, as well as whether such alternatives should apply retroactively for those already sentenced.
Human Rights Watch is working with the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth and other allies on reform and retroactivity. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.