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Special Rapporteur

The Women of Afghanistan Must Not Be Forgotten

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

A marauding misogynist Taliban in the style of Islamic State is not a fantasy, and the Security Council could envision such an outcome with a resolution that would surely garner a wide consensus of support.

Dan Froomkin

U.S. Ignores U.N. Plea To Protect Occupy Protest Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.18.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- Federal officials have yet to respond to two United Nations human rights envoys who formally requested that the U.S. government protect ...

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

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.30.2012 | World
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.

The "End of Stoning": Islamic Republic Style

Shadi Sadr | Posted 05.12.2012 | World
Shadi Sadr

Stoning has been removed from the section of the code dealing with penalties for 'adultery.' However, sexual relation outside of marriage remains a crime.

Will Iran's Human Rights Case End Up at the Security Council?

Omid Memarian | Posted 01.17.2012 | World
Omid Memarian

"I do not regard the country mandate as a punitive measure. This is the start of a process that we can hopefully work through peacefully and collaboratively."

The F Word: Anger over Israel Hurts U.S.

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

As we wait to see any substantive response from the U.S. president to Israel's killings of peace workers seeking to break the years-long Gaza siege, i...

Report to UN Draws Attention to U.S. Housing Rights Violations

Maria Foscarinis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Maria Foscarinis

Housing is a human right. The declaration is simple. It seems intuitive, even. It is recognized in a number of international agreements, including...

No Toilets or Air For "Forgotten Prisoners"

Betwa Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Betwa Sharma

Prison conditions worldwide are worse than the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture could have imagined. Jails without air, toilets and food are not rare.