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Sri Lanka: Is Transitional Justice in Trouble?

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 09.15.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

The UN Human Rights Council's (HRC) 33rd session began on Tuesday and Sri Lanka is on the agenda. The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disa...

Global Tamil Forum Calls for More Progress in Sri Lanka

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 07.05.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a London-based Tamil diaspora organization, issued a statement today. GTF's remarks pertain to Sri Lanka's compliance with a...

UN's Moral Ban-Kruptcy

Ron Prosor | Posted 06.27.2016 | World
Ron Prosor

Today, U.N Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon landed in Jerusalem for a final visit before the end of his term. During his 10-year stint as Secretary Gene...

Is Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister On Autopilot?

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 06.25.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Mr. Samaraweera continues to deliver upbeat speeches that are infused with hopeful, self-congratulatory language. But speeches aren't policy. In the days ahead, hopefully HRC member states and the broader international community keep that in mind.

More Worries Regarding Sri Lanka's Lack of Progress

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 06.21.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

A group of international human rights organizations has recently penned an open letter to U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussei...

A Timely Intervention from Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 05.17.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has recently penned a lengthy open letter to Mahinda Rajapaksa, the island nation's previous presiden...

Reviewing Sri Lanka's Progress at the Human Rights Council

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 05.16.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

In an interesting turn of events, during the HRC's 30th session, the Sri Lankan government co-sponsored a resolution designed to promote accountability and reconciliation in the war-torn country. But how much of the resolution has actually been implemented?

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.

UN Human Rights Investigator Calls For Prosecution Of North Korean Leader

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 03.14.2016 | World

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights investigator called on Monday for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and senior officials to be prosec...

We Will Not Stop Until Our Father Comes Home

Marwa Alaradi | Posted 03.11.2016 | World
Marwa Alaradi

What was supposed to be a family vacation turned into the nightmare of our lives when my father was kidnapped into a mysterious black car on the streets of Dubai. As we waited for the UAE government to sort out my father's unjust detainment, we realized that dead silence is not the answer.

The Nation That Executed 47 In 1 Day Sits On The U.N. Human Rights Council

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 01.02.2016 | World

Saudi Arabia’s announcement Saturday that it executed 47 prisoners, including an influential Shiite cleric, caused protests in Shiite neighborhoods ...

Clarifying Sri Lanka's Transitional Justice Commitments

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 11.14.2015 | World
Taylor Dibbert

With the recent passage of yet another UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka -- dealing broadly with human rights, accountability and reconciliation -- now is an opportune time to clarify and explain how Sri Lanka's new government has said it will approach transitional justice.

Clean Hands With Stone Hearts as Children Die

Jack Healey | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
Jack Healey

Presently, Saudi Arabia is bombing the hell out of Yemen with no authorization from anyone. Over two thousand have died; many were civilians. Saudi gunboats are now stopping all shipping traffic, resulting in the civilian population beginning to drop from hunger and malnutrition.

Even War Has Rules

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

In many of today's armed conflicts airstrikes are increasingly being used, and when civilians are killed, there is an absence of accountability.

Who Will Succeed Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations?

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

The United Nations is the keystone of a collective security system that is straining to rise to the new challenges that confront the planet; the choice of the individual who will lead it is absolutely critical. Who will have the courage to reform the institution?

One Year After Gaza Massacre, UN Exposes Likely War Crimes

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 07.09.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

One year ago, on July 7, 2014, Israel launched "Operation Protective Edge," a massive assault on the Gaza Strip. For 51 days, Israel bombarded Gaza with more than 6,000 airstrikes. Many of them hit residential buildings.

Jessica Schulberg

The U.S. and Israel Are Preemptively Discrediting The UN's Report On The Gaza War

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Israeli and U.S. governments have launched a campaign to preemptively discredit a forthcoming United Nations Human Rights Council re...

Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Chutzpah

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 05.25.2016 | World
Jonathan Marshall

It's hard to be shocked by anything that happens in the Middle East, but this act of chutzpah comes close: Saudi Arabia is lobbying to head the United Nations Human Rights Council when the current German president's term expires at the end of this year, according to Le Tribune de Genève.

UN Issues Scathing Assessment of U.S. Human Rights Record

Jamil Dakwar | Posted 05.15.2016 | Politics
Jamil Dakwar

While in some areas, like LGBT rights and freedom of speech, the United States' human rights record fares far better than that of other parts of the world, in many areas -- including national security, criminal justice, social and economic rights, and immigration policy -- the U.S. has an abysmal record compared to other liberal democracies.

A Ray of Light Shines on Internet Rights

Kathy Brown | Posted 06.08.2015 | Technology
Kathy Brown

The freedom enabled by the Internet to express one's own ideas, one's opinion of another's idea, to advocate or to disassociate with the collective views of other speakers, to associate locally and globally is unprecedented in history. This precious Internet freedom is, however, volatile around the world.

'We Stand United in Our Humanity'

Elham Manea | Posted 04.28.2015 | World
Elham Manea

Why does the Saudi government deny freedoms of speech, religion and political association to it citizens? As a member of the UN Human Rights Council, why does Saudi Arabia imprison a young man who committed no crime, who only created a blog calling for freedom?

Getting Real about Rights and Justice in Sri Lanka

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 04.02.2015 | World
Taylor Dibbert

With a transfer of power in Sri Lanka, a complicated situation has become even more complex and the tension between geopolitics and human rights or justice is not a zero-sum game.

U.S. 'Steps Up,' Considers 9,000 Syrian Refugee Applications

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.12.2014 | Impact

Nations around the world are stepping up their responses to the Syrian refugee crisis, and the U.S. is among those expected to take on a bigger role. ...

Peace as a Human Right

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

It's our job, not God's, to create the new story of who we are, and millions -- billions -- of people fervently wish we could do so. The problem is that the worst of our nature is better organized than the best of it.

Sisi Can Stall But Can Not Hide His Crimes

David Hearst | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
David Hearst

Egypt's dead will not be so easily forgotten. They have a habit of resurrecting themselves when it comes to writing the history of these awful events. A faint echo of that process will start in Geneva on Wednesday.