Activists who are prepared to champion reform need urgent solidarity and support, and there is a strong case to be made for Western aid to be contingent on adherence to women's rights in countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, where gender violence is rife.
The conflict may seem a sideshow to the better-known fighting in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan state or in Darfur, but civilians in Blue Nile are suffering similar and related brutality.
The political and social worldview that informs Fayyad's vision has been undermined by Hamas's apparent ability to leverage armed conflict to its political advantage.
Last year, UNITAID released a study that demonstrates exactly what a country would need to do to implement an FTT. The study found that the introduction of such a tax on a national basis should have no significant negative impact on national financial markets.
The Obama administration's reaction to November's Israeli onslaught on Gaza is emblematic of the contradictions in its foreign policy. Though the administration deserves credit for preventing greater carnage, why did it apparently give Israeli the green light during the first week of fighting?
As the world focuses its attention on the conflict in Syria, northern Mali has become the biggest expanse of territory controlled by al Qaeda, which is seeking to establish an autonomous state.
The Arms Trade Treaty is a common-sense measure that would make it more difficult for weapons to be sold on the black market and halt the flow of weapons to dangerous regimes. Yet the NRA has gone on record saying the treaty will threaten Americans' rights to bear arms.
Instead of acting as spectators, enablers, or waiting for the United Nations or the United States to provide solutions, there are practical steps through collective Arab action that might make a real difference.
Twenty years ago, the traditional practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) was considered culturally engrained, particularly in Africa. Today, the 'Transport for Female Genital Mutilation' bill passed as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, just signed by President Obama
2013 could well see the year that the UN's lock on international climate policy is broken, potentially allowing for other unilateral or multilateral arrangements to take their place.
What is happening in Syria is no longer about a democratic movement against a dictatorship, nor is it simply a civil war between two camps. Syria has become the theater of a proxy war.
Roberta Annan's efforts mark her as a general in the growing army of distinguished professionals elevating African fashion from a series of spectacular runway shows to a legitimate industry.
As we look back on 2012's deadly global turmoil in places like Syria, and towards growing conflicts like Mali, Timor-Leste is the year's sleeper success story.
The real reason for the Republicans' down vote of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities must be thoroughly analyzed by the disability community if we are to progress politically.
Prime Minister Netanyahu may well form the next Israeli government; yet the Netanyahu of 2013 will not enjoy the same political sway he commanded in 2009.
As 2012 winds down, it is time again to reflect on the year’s human rights developments. How did the world do following an eventful 2011?