The world’s population comprises 3.2 percent of international migrants, including refugees fleeing persecution, people displaced by environmental factors and those seeking employment. The increasing number of immigrants has made resulted in the complexity of human rights concerns. Most of the countries where immigrants seek for refuge are concentrating on establishing economic and security interests, thus ignoring human rights. This situation has seen the rise of human rights and civil groups such as FIDH working to protect the human rights.
For instance, FIDH, through its network of partners and members in related countries, ensures the adoption of legal and political reforms by national authorities. They achieve this objective by documenting all violations experienced by migrants from departure, transit and arrival. The organization also fights against impunity perpetrated by those who violate migrants’ rights through various processes, including strategic litigation.
Despite the crucial role of protecting human rights, human rights defenders and civil groups are facing hostility from in different countries. Instead of supporting and encouraging the good work that these groups are doing, the states are now imposing restriction on the operations of human rights defenders.
This situation is being experienced all over the world. Various governments are ignoring their roles of protecting human rights and continuously passing laws that deny these groups of freedom of association, peaceful assembly and expression.
This situation has resulted in abuse, death threats, forced disappearance, torture, arbitrary arrests and detention, and assassination of human rights defenders. The increasing hostility has seen various actions being made towards the protection of these groups to ensure that they operate in free environments.
For instance, FIDH partnered with the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) in 1997 with a goal of safeguarding groups that defend human rights. This partnership seeks to protect individuals who experience repression by states, as a result of their human rights activities. They strive to eliminate isolation and marginalization of non-profit workers, journalists, lawyers, community leaders and trade unionists.
About Lacey & Larkin
Lacey & Larkin is a revered organization that supports groups that fight for civil, migrant, and human rights, including freedom of expression and civic participation across Arizona. The organization, which offers support through Frontera Fund, is managed by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. These two journalists are also the co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times.
The duo launched Frontera Fund in 2007 after they were arrested by Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, for exposing his misdeeds. The Phoenix New Times had featured stories of Arpaio’s role in perpetuating the spread of anti-Mexican fear and political posturing across Arizona. Maricopa County Attorney’s Office had also sought the identities of those who read the newspaper’s online stories.
Lacey and Larkin wrote about the events leading to their arrest and the proceedings, which resulted in the national outcry for their release within 24 hrs. This situation ended in a prolonged court battle between the duo and the Maricopa County.
Lacey and Larkin won the court battle, thus receiving $3.7 million in settlement. The two have since used the money to fund the Frontera Fund. Notably, they have supported numerous organizations, including Arizona Justice Project, Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, Fundacion Mexico and GED2DACA.
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