Human rights advocates and other civil groups are increasingly experiencing hostility worldwide. This situation is adversely affecting their operations. These groups play a crucial role of upholding human rights and offering assistance to the vulnerable groups in society.
They monitor and collaborate with governments to ensure that human rights are not violated. Despite their significance in society, governments across the world have not only demonstrated their unwillingness to support human rights organizations, but also placing excessive amount of red tape to their operations. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
In some cases, governments are adopting legislation that restricts and criminalizes assistance to migrants while denying human rights defenders freedom of expression and public assembly.
This situation has forced these organizations to operate in a chilled environment where they are torn between offering service to the marginalized and dealing with serious barriers from the states.
For instance, the Border Force Act in Australia restricts organizations supporting migrants in detention centers through the adoption of secrecy provisions and “gagging” clauses. In Hungary, activists raised an alarm concerning the plight of migrants and their defenders in the hands of the government.
The harsh treatment of human rights advocates and civil society has also been experienced in Mexico where their assistance to migrants under transit is jeopardized by criminals who rape, extort and kill, often with impunity.
According to reports by OHCHR, human rights lawyers and civil groups in France were denied contact with their clients during the migrant settlement in Calais. These claims were backed by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders after his visit to Australia in 2016.
In the US, The Trump administration travel ban paved way to criminalization and stigmatization of migrants rights defenders. This is according to Sarah M. Brooks, a leader at ISHR- International Service for Human Rights.
ISHR and other international communities have sprung to action to ensure that organizations operate freely and their good work is recognized and supported by the government.
The organization’s Strategic Framework 2017-2020 includes special attention to migrant and refugee rights defenders. ISHR’s executive director, Phil Lynch, said that it was important to prioritize support to the groups that fight against exclusion and inequality, and the violation of power and privilege. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
About Lacey & Larkin
Fighting against immigration practices that violate human rights is a tough job. Despite the need for these groups to collaborate and confront challenges facing them, there is equal need for external support to ensure that they work freely.
Lacey & Larkin is a non-profit organization that supports groups that fight for civil, human and migrant rights across Arizona. In addition, the group focuses on advancing freedom of speech and civic participation. Lacey & Larkin was founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
These two revered journalists are also the founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. Lacey & Larkin started operations in 2007 after the two received $3.75 million in settlement from Maricopa County after being arrested by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
They were jailed for exposing the grand jury proceedings that demanded their notes on the Sheriff concerning his misuse of office. The grand jury subpoenas demanded the identification of citizens who read articles on Phoenix New Times.
This information was originally reported on Lacey and Larking Frontera Fund’s website as explicated in this link http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/