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The Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission held its first public hearing in Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland, on October 2, 2021. The event, broadcast live from Emmanuel Episcopal Church, brought together commissioners, panelists, and guests to acknowledge and memorialize the tragic lynching of 18-year-old Robert Hughes (aka William Burns) in Cumberland in 1907. In the coming months, the commission will convene several more of these public hearings in counties across the state of Maryland.

3/11/2021 - 3/11/2021

This panel will focus on past and recent truth initiatives on the forced assimilation of Native children through boarding schools and the child welfare system.


The global COVID-19 pandemic forced many countries to impose emergency measures, such as curfews and community lockdowns, to stem the spread of the virus. To enforce these measures, some societies have given regular police forces increased power to enforce the measures, while others have to turn to vigilante policing. Unfortunately, some policing practices have become deadlier than the virus, exposed the profound frailties of democratic governance, and underscored states' obligations to uphold human rights.

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Tue, 09/28/2021 - 16:29
29/09/2021 - 29/09/2021

A discussion on the current status of the TDC identified corruption cases pending before the SCCs and how state officials and institutions can join efforts with CSOs and activists to consolidate anti-corruption and asset recovery work to move through the current “exceptional circumstances” and address dictatorship-related corruption and marginalization. 


Expectations for advancing much-needed justice and dismantling state and non-state criminal networks that persistently violate human rights have been dashed over the past three years in Mexico. Violence and impunity have increased. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's campaign promises have not materialized in a serious effort to address the lack of security in the country or the justice system’s inefficiency. However, several efforts have persisted, characterized by cooperation among state institutions, civil society, and victims’ groups that not only give hope, but confirm the way forward.