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International Human Rights

Time for a New Approach: Re-thinking U.S. Engagement with North Korea

Sylvia Kim | Posted 01.07.2016 | World
Sylvia Kim

So yes, North Korea has done it again. But let's not fall into that same refrain. Let's move beyond sanctions and condemnations and come up with new modes of engagement. The people of North Korea are at stake and deserve our every attempt at finding a workable policy and solution.

On the Serious Side of Pride

Grace Poore | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Grace Poore

It's seductive to think that being able to march down a city street without violence signals progress. But how much have we progressed when it is "safer" to march in anonymity and be "out" among strangers than to face a family member, employer or neighbor?

The Rights, They Are A-Changin'

William F. Schulz | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
William F. Schulz

Few of the "emerging" rights have yet garnered sufficient consensus to be considered established universal rights. But what the political nature of human rights does point to is this: each one of us has a role to play in shaping the human rights of the future.

Medical Treatment by Brute Force

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Force-feeding started at Guantanamo in response to fear that self-starving captives would stir anti-American ire. It would be ironic were this response itself to rouse worldwide outrage, making allies less likely to collaborate with us and stiffening our enemies' resolve.

LGBT Rights: Not Just a #FirstWorldProblem

Steven Wozencraft | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Steven Wozencraft

The movement for international LGBT rights is not going to be won overnight. And while meetings in Stockholm or Washington, D.C. are important, the real work is being done by the on-the-ground activists in countries like Uganda, India, Myanmar, Lebanon, and Russia, many of whom risk their lives on a day-to-day basis.

Why the Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls Will Persist and What We Can Do About It

Dr. Keri Day | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Dr. Keri Day

Our activism must be objective and consistent. Boko Haram has been largely ignored up until this point. Now that they have the public's attention, it is critical that we attack the root of the problem.

What Has Gone Wrong With International Human Rights and How To Fix It

Pedro Pizano | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Pedro Pizano

Today, leading academics, government officials and practitioners will convene in the Danish Parliament under the auspices of the Freedom Rights Project to discuss the problems afflicting international human rights and provide solutions.

The Road to Resilience

Amy Spies | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amy Spies

"Why {are} some to survive the worst and others aren't?" CNN's Anderson Cooper wondered after Cleveland kidnap victim Michelle Knight bravely confronted her adductor Ariel Castro in court.

Rethinking Bahrain for Progress in Syria

Kip Hale | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Kip Hale

To alleviate Russian and other key players' concerns, the U.S. must give them reason to think otherwise. One essential first step to change their opinions would be for the U.S. to re-establish itself as a principled leader on human rights issues in the region, vis-à-vis action in Bahrain.

What U Need to Know About U-Visas

Amy Spies | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Amy Spies

We need to hold the Senate to its courageous promise. More U-visas for the criminally abused will mean more liberty, equality, and freedom from injustice for all.

Eleven Words

Melanne Verveer | Posted 02.09.2013 | World
Melanne Verveer

As we commemorate International Human Rights Day today, I can't help but recall the moment 17 years ago when then-First Lady Hillary Clinton proclaimed, "Women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights."

Peace vs. Justice: The Diminishing Importance of Diplomacy with the Emergence of International Justice

Kip Hale | Posted 09.01.2012 | World
Kip Hale

While the case-by-case circumstances of each conflict always matters, the question remains what standard playbook should the global community employ when confronted with the mass perpetration of international crimes?

This American Right: On Genocide and the Supreme Court

Ray Brescia | Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics
Ray Brescia

Congress created this right, and it has served to promote principals of international justice for over two centuries. The Supreme Court must not now render the statute worthless by gutting its most important, and most powerful, component.

Human Rights Without People

Jack Healey | Posted 08.06.2012 | World
Jack Healey

For those who work in the field of human rights, their ambition is not idealistic. On the contrary there is a real sense of passionate pragmatism.

ICC Turns Ten: A Measure of Justice

Kip Hale | Posted 07.30.2012 | World
Kip Hale

In this tenth year of the ICC, it is an appropriate time to take stock of the Court's progress in its primary mission: end impunity through the just rule of law.

Gay Rights Across the Globe

Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D.

Some academics' critique is that by using terms like "gay" and "LGBT" globally, we inappropriately apply Western terms and ideas that bias our understanding of sexual orientation in non-Western regions of the world. I disagree with this critique.

Human Rights Day and Indigenous People of Winnipeg

Jack Healey | Posted 02.09.2012 | Impact
Jack Healey

The raw and violent past of residential schools literally stole aboriginal children away from their parents' homes and stuck them in new and unsettling homes.

A Message from Israeli Military Prison on International Human Rights Day

Majida Abu Rahmah | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Majida Abu Rahmah

A year ago tonight, on International Human Rights Day, our apartment in Ramallah was broken into by the Israeli military in the middle of the night.

Juan Mendez on International Human Rights

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

"The U.N. simply does not have adequate support of the world powers," Juan E. Mendez told me. Coming from anyone, this might be less important. From...

Upskirting? Down-Putting. And Yes, It Is Abuse

Liesl Gerntholtz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Liesl Gerntholtz

Upskirting is a term referring to photographing the view up a woman's skirt. The practice violate women's rights to privacy and bodily integrity and underlines women's continued inequality.

From Guantanamo to Accountability and Beyond

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

President-elect Obama made known his intention to close the Guantanamo detention facility. The projected closure raises a plethora of issues.

Beatings, Protests, Arrests Mark 60th Annual Human Rights Day

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. The Financial Times reports that the UN human rights commissioner, Navi Pill...