Today is World Human Rights Day and is the 20th year to mark this very important event to advance humanity. But to this day millions of children are caught in a viscous cycle of armed conflicts and are exposed to the most egregious forms of violence, deprived of health care and an education.
There's still a fair amount of mystery around the West's much ballyhooed almost deal with Iran on its hotly disputed nuclear program. Like, what was the deal? And why did it suddenly stall?
Secretary of State John Kerry has attempted to pacify the angry royals. Instead, the Obama administration should tell America's foreign "friends" that Washington acts in the interests of the American people, not corrupt dictators.
Israel's fixation on "security" and the harsh measures it employs, presumably to achieve an impregnable national security condition, is making the Palestinians increasingly vulnerable, fostering deeper animosity and militant resistance.
President Obama and his entourage insist that America's credibility to use force prompted the Russians to persuade Assad give up his chemical weapons to avert an American attack. In truth, many keen observers suggest that the president was only too eager to grab Putin's proposal.
The United States and the international community have failed to take constructive steps to promote peace-making efforts, which could have brought the crisis in Syria to an end.
I am frequently asked why I keep doing this job, and I have to say that sometimes I wonder myself. It's a question equally valid if asked of all humanitarian workers: Why do we keep doing this?
Brazil's campaign for permanent membership on the UN Security Council must project a vision of the UN in the 21st century that is about enhancing universal human rights and confronting global problems.
Gender crimes have historically been a feature of armed conflicts but it is perhaps difficult to imagine that they are still an enduring part of conflicts well into the twenty-first century. The facts, however, are gruesome.
As pressures mount in Washington for a more aggressive American involvement on behalf of at least some rebel groups in Syria, President Obama has seemed intent on proving the Nobel committee was farsighted in awarding him its peace prize four years ago.
By Tala Dowlatshahi This article originally appeared in passblue.com The cycle of sexual violence that has been churning throughout the eastern half...
Soon the ICC will celebrate its 11th anniversary. It is a good time to take another look at the Rome Statute system and to focus on some aspects of it that need special focus. One of them is how states are equipped to exercise their primary jurisdiction over atrocity crimes.
Last week, with scarcely a ripple in the public consciousness, a new initiative was quietly launched that could profoundly alter the world's international security landscape for decades ahead.
This week Leon Panetta said America has "a responsibility to go after al Qaeda wherever they are." He was referring to U.S. efforts to assist the French in Mali. Yet, not that far away, the U.S. turns a blind eye to extreme Islamist policies and actions that threaten America's security.
Israel should support direct talks between the U.S. and Iran. Indeed, if the talks lead to an agreement satisfactory to Israel it will spare the country from a major military entanglement with unpredictable consequences.
The Security Council and the International Criminal Court have both shown a lack of determination to treat crimes against children with the gravity that their mandates demand.