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Empowered women create empowered societies

Pioneering human rights lawyer and Elder Hina Jilani delivers strong words on women's empowerment at the 2019 Women Deliver Global Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

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The Elders call on Egypt’s al-Sisi to uphold AU commitments on Sudan transition

The Elders call on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, current Chair of the African Union, to clearly and unequivocally uphold the AU’s commitment to an inclusive, democratic transition to civilian rule in Sudan following the recent killings of protesters.

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Standing strong in the wake of increasingly hostile US immigration policies

A Florence Project client at the organisation's annual client appreciation event in 2018.

With the Trump administration expanding a hard-line immigration policy, Greer Millard from The Florence Project highlights how these changes are impacting asylum seekers and migrants detained in Arizona. 

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The Elders urge peaceful resolution of Zimbabwe crisis through inclusive dialogue

People arrested during protests in Harare, Zimbabwe in January 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

The Elders today expressed deep concern at the worsening social and economic crisis in Zimbabwe amid reports of killings, arrests and intimidation of opposition and civil society figures and a shutdown of internet access.

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Putting human rights at the heart of sustainable development

Rohingya refugees in the Kutupalong Rohingya Refugee Camp in Cox's Bazar. (UN Photo/KM Asad)

Mary Robinson describes how promoting and protecting human rights and progress towards the realisation of the SDGs are interrelated and mutually reinforcing.

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What does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights mean in today’s fractured world?

Yemen (Credit: UNHCR/Shabia Mantoo)
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Mary Robinson joins filmmakers shining a light on the urgent human rights issues of today

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Mary Robinson outlines priorities in her new role as Chair of The Elders


The Elders at their November 2018 Board Meeting in London.

It is an honour to write to you for the first time in my new capacity as Chair of The Elders.

I have been a proud member of this group since we were first brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007.

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The Elders call on Sri Lanka’s leaders to uphold constitutional law

Read in Sinhala and Tamil

The Elders today expressed their grave concern at the unprecedented situation in Sri Lanka following President Maithripala Sirisena’s unconstitutional decision to dismiss Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and suspend Parliament.

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Human rights are a key tool to protect the vulnerable against climate change

Mary Robinson highlights the enduring relevance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in protecting the vulnerable against the effects of climate change as we mark the 70th Anniversary of the UDHR.

"Climate change denial is not just ignorant, it is malign, it is evil and amounts to an attempt to deny human rights to some of the most vulnerable people on the planet. "


Mary Robinson at the UN in September 2018 (Photo: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas)

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