Advancing Human Rights

Open Letter to Secretary Hillary Clinton re Support of International Criminal Court

April 16, 2009
The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW Room 7226
Washington, DC 20520
Dear Madam Secretary:

We write to urge that the current review of United States policy on the International Criminal Court [ICC] be completed quickly, and that it lead to three results: US participation in the Court’s meetings to complete its formation; extensive and thorough US cooperation with and support to the Court in its prosecutions and trials; and action to declare emphatically that US relations with the Court are in an entirely new era. The historic ICC arrest warrant for Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir makes these steps especially urgent. The United States is now in the odd and unsustainable position of strongly endorsing the most important action that the ICC has ever taken while evading any commitment to support or participate in it as an institution.  

The Applicability of THE CHILD SOLDIER PROTOCOL in the United States

What is the Child Soldier Protocol?
The Child Soldier Protocol, formally known as the U.N. Convention of the Rights of the Child's Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (CRC OPAC), seeks to protect children (anyone under 18) from the harmful impact of exposure and participation in armed conflict. In January 2003, the Senate unanimously ratified the Child Soldier Protocol and the U.S. became legally bound by the protocol's international standards on children.  See below for key provisions of the Protocol.

Why is it relevant?
The Child Soldier Protocol - according to the U.S. government's first report on its compliance with the Protocol - requires no implementing legislation, which means that by ratifying, the U.S. is now legally obligated to put all of its provisions into action.*   Treaties, such as the Child Soldier Protocol, once ratified by Congress are "the supreme law of the land,"* and as the Protocol does not require further legislation to be in effect it currently binds all branches of government on the federal and state level.


WILPF Had a Presence at Camp Hope 2009 in Chicago

Camp Hope WebsiteMore than 200 years ago, the American revolutionary Thomas Paine epitomized the spirit of WILPF when he said:  “The world is my country, all [hu]mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.” With the inauguration of Barack Obama, the world truly is our country and there is much good work for all of us to do.
People from around the country went to Hyde Park, IL for Camp Hope (, a historic gathering of activists pushing for positive transformation.

WILPF Resolution on Ending the Israel/Palestine Conflict - Nov 2008

On this International Day of Solidarity with the Palestine People–29 November 2008–and in this 60th anniversary year of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom calls again on the United Nations and the entire international community to take the steps needed to end the occupation of the Arab Territories occupied by Israel since 1967 and to enable the Palestinians to exercise their right to self-determination.

UN Human Rights Treaties and the US government position

Six major UN Human Rights Treaties grew out of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Download our flyer in PDF format to understand the current status of each treaty and the US government's position.

The flyer was designed to be printed double-sided on a single sheet of paper and folded in half.

Truth in Military Recruitment - Going beyond “counter recruitment” strategies to End Abusive and Improper Military Recruitment

In 2004 – according to the latest available statistics from the Under Secretary of Defense – about 19,885 seventeen year old children joined the US armed forces, constituting 23% of all new reserves and 4.3% of active armed forces recruits.  These 14,933 boys and 4,952 girls represent a fraction of the youths targeted annually by military recruiters who have become an ominous presence in elementary schools across the country where students as young as 1



Join WILPF at the Commission on the Status of Women February/March 2008 in New York


Updated: 2008-02-22 

The WILPF-UN Office in New York welcomed WILPF members to New York City to participate in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) taking place 25 February - 7 March 2008.

Going beyond “counter recruitment” strategies to End Abusive and Improper Military Recruitment

Going beyond “counter recruitment” strategies to End Abusive and Improper Military Recruitment

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