The rights violations that police commit in the course of enforcing anti-prostitution and other "quality of life" laws are so pervasive and those targeted so stigmatized that the system is rarely challenged. Which is why Monica's stance is so important.
There is no doubt that Russian militarized bullying can lead to the de facto division of Ukraine, an event that would be of grave long-term consequences not only for Russia and Ukraine but for the world. The practical question is whether international law can still function to stop this from occurring. In my view, the answer is yes.
The question now is not whether Russia will leave the Crimea it invaded but whether it will move into eastern Ukraine on the pretext of guarding ethnic Russians.
Not long ago, the West African nation of Sierra Leone was home to the world's biggest peacekeeping mission. Today, troops from that country are donning blue helmets and serving the UN in other hotspots around the globe.
The United Nations must become the functional center of the global sustainable development effort, one that draws on every stakeholder through the UN's unique convening power and universally recognized legitimacy.
When we change the culture of violence against women into an attitude of respect and appreciation, we enable them to unleash their potential as leaders of a new future.
Lupita Nyong'o is proof that girls from Kenya and elsewhere can achieve their dreams, if given the chance.
As the fighting broke out in Juba on the fateful night of 15 December, thousands of civilians flocked to the gates of the United Nations Mission in So...
Works of art in dark times have often reminded us of our best. It is important to document and reinforce the human spirit when there seems to be so little of it in the world.
March 8 is an important day in the calendar, but it is rendered meaningless by the grim reality that India is still a state where the rights of women remain vastly unequal; where institutions work to assist those who have money and influence, but remain utterly impervious to the misery of millions of women.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 6, 2014 How unusua...
Fatal Assistance ably demonstrates the folly and damage caused by swarms of NGO's and Hollywood do-gooders that completely ignored the root causes of Haiti's problems pre and post earthquake.
Today, across the globe, in many different countries and in many different guises, we still have the equivalent of Jim Crow laws, we still have a system of Apartheid, when it comes to women. Gender inequality is the defining human rights issue of our time.
In 1948, Eleanor Roosevelt took examples of the dregs of history and aimed for a better ever after. She shepherded the creation and ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As the legal foundation of the international human rights movement, the document clearly needs help.
International Day of Happiness isn't about drawing smiley faces on sticky notes (which I don't do) or putting a good face on bad news (which I do sometimes), it's about hitting the "pause" button sometime during March 20 and thinking about how happiness is an essential element of life.
One of the responses of the Obama administration to the largest crisis in contemporary relations between Russia and the United States might be to curtail America's largest oil company Exxon Mobil from continuing its joint venture with Russia's largest oil company Rosneft.