The rise in concern about the level of problems seen in the protection of human rights by people from across the world has led to the establishment of a number of foundations and human rights groups concerned with providing updates on human rights issues, and also affords people the opportunity to work in a way that pushes forward programs to protect human rights.
Groups like the Frontera Fund developed from a settlement provided to two journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, who were robbed of their human rights for revealing legal proceedings taking place against controversial Arizona based Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Both Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were jailed for their reporting on grand jury cases that were being held over the actions of the Maricopa County Sheriff and called on the two journalists to provide evidence from their notes.
Taking the two reporters from their homes in the middle of the night and illegally detaining them led to a $3.75 million financial settlement with Lacey and Larkin that has now been used to protect the rights of those living along the Mexican-U.S. border who often face problems with protecting their human rights.
The Frontera Fund is just one of a growing number of human rights advocacy groups who are springing up around the world in a bid to make sure the rights of individuals across the planet are protected; South African based group, Youth for Human Rights has become a major force in bringing the next generation of human rights activists into the fold of the wider community.
Youth for Human Rights has developed a new way of bringing peace and unity to the world through educating as many different people of all ages about democracy and human rights as possible under the leadership of Dr. Mary Shuttleworth. Read more: About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund
Founded in 2001, the group was formed as a response to the memories Dr. Shuttleworth has of living under the rule of Apartheid in South Africa, a period that saw black South African’s robbed of almost all of their basic human rights.
The educator hopes the work of Youth for Human Rights will have a positive effect on the future of the world through her work in producing teaching materials, such as public service videos detailing abuses taking place in various nations across the planet. The aim of the Youth for Human Rights group is to ude their 30 one minute videos to teach a basic human right to viewers in a single minute with each video taking on subjects such as bullying and much more.
Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737