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'We Stand United in Our Humanity'

Elham Manea | Posted 02.26.2015 | 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 02.03.2015 | 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.

Netanyahu Calls For Scrapping Gaza War Probe

AP | By ARON HELLER and DAVID RISING | Posted 02.03.2015 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday called for scrapping a U.N. commission, which is tasked with investigating pot...

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.

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.

State Partitioning of the Internet Harms Users Everywhere

Freedom House | Posted 11.18.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

An internet that is fragmented by political, legal, and technical boundaries would throttle the animating purpose of the International Bill of Human Rights, while an indivisible and global internet is able to facilitate such goals.

Israel-Gaza Conflict: Here We Are Again

Jesica L. Santos | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Jesica L. Santos

Beyond any legal analysis and moral speeches, the reality is that what is taking place right now is a massacre.

The False Promise of an International Business and Human Rights Treaty

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Aaron Rhodes

Transnational or other corporations that exploit children need to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and also punished by consumers.

We Are All Equal; And When We Are Not, It's Time to Step Up

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 08.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Marianne Mollmann

On June 10, the UN Human Rights Council started a three-week session, where -- rumor has it -- a new resolution addressing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity might be discussed.

Killer Drones in a Downward Spiral?

Medea Benjamin | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Illegal U.S. drone strikes continue (the Long War Journal says there have been eight drones strikes in Yemen so far this year), but efforts to curb the use of killer drones have made remarkable headway this year.

Tensions Rise Between the United States and Sri Lanka Over Human Rights

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Ronak D. Desai

Allowing these war crimes allegations to go unaddressed would undermine important international legal norms while rendering true reconciliation in the country an even more remote prospect.

United Nations No Defender of Muslim Women's Rights

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Although the UN does important humanitarian work, it is overgrown with the weeds of a dysfunctional bureaucracy and spineless leadership, and has become a watering hole for states that are prepared to sanction sex discrimination and extremist ideology without fear of serious challenge by the world body.

Believe or Die: 4 Member States of the Human Rights Council Where Apostasy Means Death

Bob Churchill | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact
Bob Churchill

What the report itself did not do was to compare these 77 countries posing "severe" or even "grave" problems, with the member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Let's do that now!

China's Opportunity to Live Up to Its 'Human Rights Dream'

Bianca Jagger | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Bianca Jagger

I appeal to President Xi Jinping to commit to progressing the recommendations made by UN member states on Tibet. He should immediately agree on dates for a visit from Navi Pillay, so that she may investigate the Tibetan grievances which have contributed to the tragic wave of self-immolations over the last two years.

The Slippery Slope of Self-Censorship in China

PEN American Center | Posted 12.22.2013 | World
PEN American Center

Decisions about self-censorship today are increasingly an international problem that affects writers around the world.

Guess Who Wants A Seat At The Human Rights Table?

AP | PETER JAMES SPIELMANN | Posted 07.11.2013 | World

UNITED NATIONS -- The United States on Thursday slammed Syria and Iran for seeking seats on the U.N.'s Human Rights Council, saying their own rights v...

Tehran's Fearful Muslim Fundamentalists: Religious Persecution in Iran

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Iran is Exhibit #1 for the threat posed by Islamic fundamentalists gaining control of government. Iranian repression is increasing and the space available to regime opponents is diminishing.

Iran Tops the List as an Enemy of Human Rights

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
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...

The UN Promotes a Slave-Owning Nation

Tom Gross | Posted 04.27.2013 | World
Tom Gross

The UN Human Rights Council begins its annual session in Geneva today by once again disgracing itself by appointing the West African nation of Mauritania as its Vice-President for the next 12 months.

U.N. Panel: Israeli Settlements Are 'Illegal'

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 04.02.2013 | World

GENEVA -- The United Nations' first report on Israel's overall settlement policy describes it as a "creeping annexation" of territory that clearly vio...

Israel Boycotts U.N. Review Of Its Human Rights Record

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 01.29.2013 | World

GENEVA -- Israel became the first nation to skip a U.N. review of its human rights record without giving a reason – and then won a precedent-set...

UN Announces Global Ban On Female Genital Mutilation

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 11.27.2012 | World

UNITED NATIONS -- Campaigners against female circumcision scored a major victory Monday with the approval by a key U.N. committee of a resolution call...

Human Rights Council Elections: Pander Time

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 01.15.2013 | World
Aaron Rhodes

It is painfully clear that Western states are allowing themselves to be held hostage to dictatorships promoting a watered-down human rights doctrine.