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This Is Our Fight Song

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 05.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Charles Radcliffe

With the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia approaching, the United Nations asked people around the world to help create a video that captures the strength and spirit that lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) advocates and allies bring to their work.

Does the UN See US "Institutionalized Discrimination" in the Wake of Ferguson?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2015 | Home
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The Ferguson grand jury decision not to criminally prosecute a police officer in the shooting of an unarmed young black man has reached the Geneva HQ of the UN Office of Human Rights Chief Prince Zeid, but the consequences will be felt globally and probably with indefinite impact.

Confronting ISIS: Is Rule of Law and Democracy Part of Coalition?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.21.2014 | Home
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Beating ISIS on the battleground could prove inconclusive, even counterproductive, if its dogma is not de-legitimized. This cannot be done by the gun but the law and a political system that offers an alternative to the rule of might.

On Universal Human Rights: Navi Pillay, Prince Zeid, and Keeping a Strong Voice at the United Nations

Jack Healey | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

We hope that Prince Zeid is prepared to be as inclusive and courageous as Navi Pillay in mandating the truly universal nature of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for all of the planet.

On a Human Rights Attitude and Advocacy: The Gregory-Chappelle (or Angelou-Baldwin) Doctrine

Jack Healey | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Take Angelou's injunction seriously with regard to human rights and keep your anger to defend them and march it and vote it and let your representatives know that you intend to do so, wherever you may be.

UN's Top Human Rights Official Slams Egypt's Mass Death Sentence

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2014 | Home

GENEVA, April 29 (Reuters) - The top United Nations human rights official on Tuesday condemned Egypt's sentencing of 683 people to death, saying tha...

Sri Lankan Government Faces Uphill Battle

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Dinouk Colombage

Pressure on the Sri Lankan government continues to mount as they appear not to be pursuing any genuine plan of reconciliation.

First Ladies, First Principles, and Foundational Documents

Jack Healey | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

In 1948, Eleanor Roosevelt took examples of the dregs of history and aimed for a better ever after. She shepherded the creation and ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As the legal foundation of the international human rights movement, the document clearly needs help.

Sri Lanka Must Tackle Resolution Head On

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Dinouk Colombage

Time is clearly running out for the Sri Lankan government, the international community has shown that their patience is wearing thin.

Credible Sri Lankan War Crimes Investigation on the Horizon

Karunyan Arulanantham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Karunyan Arulanantham

As the last four years have shown, repeated pronouncements by U.S. and numerous other officials recommending that Sri Lanka take proper action have done nothing to bring even the slightest measure of justice for the horrific crimes of 2009.

Foreign Ministers Talk LGBT Rights at the UN

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charles Radcliffe

The fact that LGBT rights violations were, for the first time, the subject of a ministerial meeting was widely noticed by diplomats, the media and other observers. It's a sign of the increasing visibility of these issues, and of the political importance that many countries now attach to them.

Human Rights 20 Years After Vienna

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Aaron Rhodes

At a conference in Vienna to commemorate the World Conference, UN officials and human rights leaders from civil society paid homage to the "paradigmatic shift" that it had brought about, mainly by establishing the indivisibility of human rights as an undisputed principle.

Guantanamo: An Open Moral Wound

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

The human tragedy at Guantanamo grows. Many of its 166 detainees have joined a spreading hunger strike.

Accountability for the Atrocities in Syria: A Call on the Opposition

Christian Wenaweser | Posted 06.12.2013 | Home
Christian Wenaweser

When earlier reports indicated that the regime, true to form, was primarily responsible for these atrocities, the opposition forces have quickly made up ground in this contest of horrors.

Iran Tops the List as an Enemy of Human Rights

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 05.15.2013 | Home
Reporters Uncensored

By Tala Dowlatshahi The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) is meeting this month at its annual session to grade governments on their treatment of their ci...

Tech for Truth

Jim Fruchterman | Posted 03.11.2013 | Home
Jim Fruchterman

As Dr. Patrick Ball, Benetech's Chief Scientist, explained to The Atlantic, "[t]his isn't an estimate... Let's be really clear here. This is a very conservative undercount." Our grief at these results is deepened by the high likelihood that the actual number of killings is probably higher than 60,000.

Time to Change Our Response to HIV

Navi Pillay | Posted 09.18.2012 | Home
Navi Pillay

HIV is no longer the certain death sentence it once was. And yet, the stigma and discrimination faced by HIV-positive people remains high, in every region of the world.

Why a U.N. Official's Video Could Get Her Arrested

Boris Dittrich | Posted 07.16.2012 | Home
Boris Dittrich

All over the world people of all ages are being discriminated against at home, at school, at work, or in other everyday situations because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Iran and the Futility of Denial Diplomacy at the UN Human Rights Council

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.30.2012 | Home
Omid Memarian

Considering Javad Larijani's inability to build coalitions with other UN member states and in view of his aggressive conduct, expecting him and his team to effect changes in Iran's standing within the UN appears highly unlikely.

Syrian Regime 'Tortures Children'

Posted 03.28.2012 | Home

On the heels of the United Nations increasing its civilian death toll estimate during the year-long conflict in Syria to more than 9,000, many of the ...

How the UN Isolated Russia, China, on Syria's Uprising

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 04.18.2012 | Home
Evelyn Leopold

The U.N. General Assembly told the Syrian government to stop shooting unarmed protestors and isolated its key supporter, Russia, in adopting a resolution that had at least 137 "yes" votes and only 12 against.

UN: 'Indiscriminate Attack On Civilans' In Syria

Reuters | Posted 04.14.2012 | Home

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The U.N. human rights chief ramped up the pressure on Syrian President Bashar ...

Is Russia's UN Initiative on Syria a Compromise or a Delay to Action?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 02.18.2012 | Home
Evelyn Leopold

No one so far is calling for military intervention in Syria. Instead it is expected that arms will be smuggled to the opposition, possibly through neighboring Turkey -- unless the Arab League manages to institute a genuine peace.

How Many More Syrians Have to be Killed Before Russia and China Condemn the Syrian Regime?

Nehad Ismail | Posted 02.12.2012 | Home
Nehad Ismail

The UN Human rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay told the world on Monday that more than 5000 civilian have been killed by the Syrian security forces since March. At least 300 children have been killed.

Pledging Allegiance in Bahrain

Dan Williams | Posted 09.18.2011 | Home
Dan Williams

Allegiance "events" have been held all over the island kingdom, where citizens lined up dutifully to sign the pledge. No reports yet on whether the campaign includes prisons, where hundreds of political protestors and dissidents are held.