Digital Security: Protecting Human Rights Defenders Online

In a world where the population is becoming increasingly connected through the Internet and digital tools, the transfer of information and ideas has become more prevalent than ever. As of April 2017, 3.8 billion people had access to the Internet, according to a Digital in 2017 study, which used numbers from the United Nations and the…

Dealing with Domestic Violence against Women: An Islamic Perspective

To facilitate greater exchange of grassroots knowledge, resources, best practices, and lessons learned, we are conducting a series of guest interviews to sustain both public and private conversations about critical and timely issues. In recognition of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which takes place annually on Nov. 25, we are discussing through a series of interviews religious perspectives on…

The Carter Center: Waging Peace in the Face of Violent Extremism

By The Carter Center’ s Human Rights Program

On the occasion of the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, and following the Carter Center’s convening of women’s and girls’ human rights defenders from 20 countries for the “Beyond Violence: Women Leading for Peaceful Societies” forum, we advance a call for action now to promote sustainable peace and security, by addressing not only immediate threats but also the underlying drivers of violent extremism and conflict through the advancement of inclusive decision-making processes.

Samira Abdulghani: Human Rights Defender

By The Carter Center’s Human Rights Program

There was no anger in Dr. Samira Abdulghani’s voice as she recounted her work as a pediatric specialist at General Hospital in Fallujah, Iraq. She was at a Carter Center forum of human rights defenders telling the story of “Iraq’s Hiroshima” and to ask for help. Her message:

Nearly 1 in 7 babies born in Falluhjah have major birth and congenital heart defects, likely due to chemical weapons used during U.S.-led attacks beginning in 2004, and the community needs help.

They need medical facilities and medicine; they need someone to take responsibility and to find a solution.

Abdulghani is the only doctor in Fallujah documenting the cases of congenital abnormalities. In one three-week period, she recorded 37 births with serious defects in her hospital alone.