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United Nations Human Rights Council

Postcard from UN: Yemen Under Fire

Afrah Nasser | Posted 06.20.2016 | World
Afrah Nasser

This is the second year I am invited to speak about the war in Yemen at a side event during the UN Human Rights Council annual session.

International Campaign for the Immediate Release of Omid Kokabi from Prison in Iran

Reza Pahlavi | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Reza Pahlavi

His Excellency Ban-Ki Moon Secretary General of United Nations The United Nations New York, NY 10017‎ Re: International Campaign for the Immediate ...

Fighting Terrorism Without Violating Human Rights

Lydia Canaan | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Lydia Canaan

Unlike some cultural aspects that are relative, violations of innocent people's physical integrity - such as dropping bombs on them - is universally deviant.

5 Myths About the UN Human Rights Council

Ted Piccone | Posted 12.08.2015 | World
Ted Piccone

After six years on the Council, Washington is now taking a mandatory gap year and promises to run again for another three-year term in 2017, when a new administration will be in office.

UN Human Rights Commissioner Supports Snowden and Denounces US Surveillance Programs

Bea Edwards | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Bea Edwards

The report of the High Commissioner puts the U.S. government in violation of the definitive interpretation of international political and civil rights on the issue of privacy, surveillance and related whistleblowing.

Iran Should Demonstrate It Is Ready to Join the International Community by Ending Religious Persecution

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Everything depends on whether Tehran, and not just President Hassan Rouhani, is serious. No surprise, many analysts -- and more importantly, paladins of Capitol Hill -- remain skeptical. And that doubt has fueled efforts to impose new sanctions, which would impede if not kill efforts to reach a final accord.

A Nigerian Lawyer With Cerebral Palsy: My Encounter

Freeman Osonuga | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Freeman Osonuga

Tobi's life exemplifies the possibility for every child with disability to overcome the limitations of the disability and achieve their life's dreams.

Understanding India's UN Abstention on Sri Lanka

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 06.01.2014 | World
Ronak D. Desai

In a move that appeared to surprise both Washington and Colombo, however, New Delhi abstained from voting on the UN resolution. What explains New Delhi's decision?

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.

What's Poverty Got to Do With It?

Freeman Osonuga | Posted 02.21.2014 | Impact
Freeman Osonuga

The present-day realities of people with disabilities, especially in the developing world, are those of stigmatization, abuse and extreme poverty.

U.N. Recognizes Plight of Slaves in Africa; U.S. Must Do More

Christina Wilkes | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
Christina Wilkes

If this terrible scourge is finally to be eradicated, much remains to be done to promote the work of anti-slavery activists and protect and support survivors.

To India: Stop Criminalizing People Who Are Not Criminals

Grace Poore | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
Grace Poore

Section 377 violates the Indian Constitution, which defends the rights to equality, non-discrimination, freedom of expression and liberty which includes dignity and privacy. These are all universal rights for all people, whether they are LGBT or not.

Wide Acclaim for China's State-Centered, Collective Human Rights

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Aaron Rhodes

A huge number of states -- 141 -- commented on human rights in China. That left only 50 seconds for each intervention. Since a number of the vast majority praising China used the same phrases, it appears Chinese authorities gamed the process to drown out criticism.

Calling Justice-Loving South Asians to Dismantle the Drug War, Free People and Plants, and Foster Health and Development for Millions

Sunil Kumar Aggarwal | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Sunil Kumar Aggarwal

A private-prisons-backed, corporatist-police state-driven, racially-skewed "new Jim Crow" era of mass incarceration currently reigns in the U.S. The ...

Listen to the Arab and American Streets on Syria Strikes

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Thank heaven that there are additional intense conversations happening beyond the U.S. Senate hearing -- and in other parts of the world -- or one may have walked away thinking that there were only TWO options regarding the Syria crisis: "strike" or "no strike.

Time to Get It Right: Southeast Asian Nations Human Rights Declaration

Grace Poore | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
Grace Poore

Foreign Ministers from ten countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will meet in New York on September 27 to review the ASEAN H...

Disappearances in Pakistan: The U.N. Mission Must Succeed

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 11.14.2012 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

This visit may give impetuous to international calls to the Pakistani government to end suspected extrajudicial practices and punish officials responsible for the countless cases of forced disappearance.

Syria, Human Rights and the United Nations

Ted Piccone | Posted 11.09.2012 | World
Ted Piccone

While Lakhdar Brahimi's mission on behalf of the U.N. Security Council and the Arab League to facilitate peace is admirable, he inherits a mandate that utterly failed, and conditions for peace have only gotten worse.

Getting Real on Human Rights at the U.N.

Ted Piccone | Posted 09.05.2012 | World
Ted Piccone

In the past several days, sound and fury again erupted in Geneva, with allegations of hypocrisy leveled against the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Dan Froomkin

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

A Human-Rights Lens on the Affordable Care Act

Risa E. Kaufman | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics
Risa E. Kaufman

By extending health care coverage to new, under-served groups, the ACA squarely responds to concerns repeatedly raised by international human rights bodies and experts about racial disparities in U.S. health care policy.

Voter ID Insanity at DOJ Going to the United Nations

Ken Blackwell | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

The right to vote includes the right not to have your vote diluted by fraudulent votes. And as citizens, each of us has a duty to comply with reasonable measures to ensure that our elections are free and fair.

Bradley Manning, Solitary Confinement and Occupy 4 Prisoners

Bill Quigley | Posted 04.24.2012 | Crime
Bill Quigley

One of the major complaints of prisoner human rights activists is the abuse of solitary confinement in prisons across the U.S.

Dignifying Health: Why Not Quite Everything Is Relative

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.19.2012 | World
David Katz, M.D.

One might allow that rules and norms vary by culture. But we have no need to blaze new trails here. The United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes, based on the consensus of humanity, that dignity is a human right. Cultural relativism has gone a step too far when it steps on dignity.

Gay People Affirmed To Be Human By United Nations

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 09.09.2011 | Religion
Dr. Cindi Love

I have never been more proud to be an American and a global citizen of the United Nations than on the day the United States and the majority of nation-members of the U.N. issued this declaration.