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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Global Search for Education: How Well Do You Know the United Nations?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.14.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"We not only neglect to teach the UN in its proper context - the ancient ideas about the need to treat others as ourselves - the 'golden rule' - found...

Recognize Responsible Islamic Voices such as the Organization Of Islamic Cooperation

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

America's relationship with Islam is fraught with tension. Donald Trump doesn't want to let any more Muslims into the U.S. He's not alone. But no one wins if Americans end up fighting an endless war with 1.6 billion people worldwide.

#WPFD2016 Drives Freedom, Safety, Rights for Journalists

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.07.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

As UNESCO held its World Press Freedom Day (#WPFD2016) conference this week, an Egyptian speaker lamented the declining state of liberty in her countr...

Why FIFA's New President Must Act Now to Prevent a World Cup Built on Abuse

Salil Shetty | Posted 04.19.2016 | World
Salil Shetty

Qatari authorities and FIFA, world football's governing body, were quick to dismiss our findings when we published them last month. But when FIFA's new President Gianni Infantino visits Qatar this week, he must confront the issue head on.

Israel and Saudi Arabia: America's Favorite Middle East Countries

Herb Silverman | Posted 04.05.2016 | World
Herb Silverman

I understand the need for a democratic ally in the Middle East, and Israel's principles are closer to our principles than are those of its neighbors, but Israel's human rights violations should also be criticized.

Obama's Human Rights Betrayal

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Aaron Rhodes

The idea of human rights has become so expansive and that there is no longer any rational basis for determining what is and what is not a human right. But to preserve their meaning and what enforcement is possible, human rights need to remain clearly defined and apart from politics.

Atrocities v. School Books

Simon Adams | Posted 03.22.2016 | World
Simon Adams

We are at a disturbing conjuncture in world history. There are currently more people displaced by war, persecution and conflict than at any time since World War Two -- almost 60 million in total.

People in Pain: Calling for Global Access to Medications

Pamela Glasner | Posted 03.18.2016 | Impact
Pamela Glasner

Inadequate access to pain-relieving medications contradicts the notion of article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including the right to medical care, which also encompasses palliative care.

Human Rights Hypocrisy: U.S. Criticizes Cuba

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 03.19.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

In advance of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Cuba on March 22, there is speculation about whether he can pressure Cuba to improve its human rights. But a comparison of Cuba's human rights record with that of the United States shows that the U.S. should be taking lessons from Cuba.

The Unraveling of Turkey's Democracy

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.09.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Only a few months after Turkey's President Erdogan raided the offices of the Koza Ipek Media Group, the Turkish police assaulted early this month the offices of Feza Publications, which owns two newspapers and two TV stations, without any warning.

Hillary 2011: Leading Worldwide LGBT Liberation

Todd Fernandez | Posted 02.29.2016 | Queer Voices
Todd Fernandez

If anyone had said the United States was going to make LGBT rights a leading issue at the United Nations -- I would have said that was not going to happen. When Hillary did it in 2011, it was unbelievably huge for activists all over the globe fighting for their lives.

Dehumanization Is Our Weapon of Mass Destruction

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 02.29.2016 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that ...

Intersex and the City

Jason Cianciotto | Posted 12.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Jason Cianciotto

"Because intersex is framed as a disorder within the medical model," Morgan told me, "the medical community is using the tools it has to make people fit into the definitions of 'sex' and 'gender' created by society."

Can Tattoos Change how we Think About Human Rights?

Benjamin Powers | Posted 12.14.2016 | Arts
Benjamin Powers

"I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an idea...

When Freedom From Fear Is a Fantasy

Curt Goering | Posted 12.10.2016 | World
Curt Goering

Upon arrival in the United States, refugees speak of the exhilaration they feel in breathing air of optimism and hope. But given the current climate of heinous backlash against refugees in this country, the ground feels like it's shifting beneath our feet. How on earth did we get here?

Girls' Rights Are Human Rights

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 12.10.2016 | Impact
J. Mijin Cha

As we celebrate Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the signing of the declaration, we face the hard truth that we are falling far short of protecting human rights around the world. In no area is this clearer than the failure to protect far too many young girls.

Guns, Tanks, Man Utd, and 'Star Wars'

Tony Woodcock | Posted 11.10.2016 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

We have all come across the terms hard power and soft power as generic descriptions of various government policies and behaviors around the world. Hard Power is probably the one we are most familiar with, as it seems to manifest itself in news headlines most days.

What Is the New Climate Change Agreement For, If Not People's Rights?

Mary Robinson | Posted 10.19.2016 | Impact
Mary Robinson

Linking climate change and human rights in the new climate agreement is not about adding new obligations to governments already struggling to deal with the impacts of climate change or apportioning blame for the climate crisis.

Women on the Money

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 05.09.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The following women are among the 15 candidates that you can vote on to be the face on the $20 bill. All 15 have been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame

United Nation's Committee Against Torture Addresses Systemic Problems in US Law Enforcement and Justice Systems

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 02.21.2015 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

The CAT also addressed the death penalty and numerous systemic human rights violations within the prisons and jails of the U.S. adult and juvenile justice system.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 66: How Do We Make the Promise a Reality?

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Ariel Smilowitz

As this generation rises to power in public and private leadership roles, those at decision-making tables across the spectrum will have an opportunity to think critically about their own actions.

Human Rights: The Key to Changing Business as Usual?

Cherie Blair | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Cherie Blair

My advice to organizations I work with is always to be proactive rather than simply reactive when it comes to human rights issues.

Defending Reverence for Life as an Abiding Principle for Humanity

Mike Schwager | Posted 11.09.2014 | Religion
Mike Schwager

We owe it to ourselves, our ancestors and our posterity, that the principles enunciated in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the fundamental spiritual principle of Reverence for Life, be upheld and honored everywhere, and for all future generations

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 3)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

We recently decided to have an extended email conversation addressing the Islamic State (ISIS) in Faisal's home country of Iraq, being called an "Uncle Tom" by white people, the existence -- or non-existence -- of a "moderate" Islam, and the one key factor needed to bring about a true Islamic reformation.

Humor, Hope, and Human Rights: On the Loss of Robin Williams

Jack Healey | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

He had a legion of fans who found him a fountain for laughter, but he also had a number of us who knew him as a wellspring for support for human rights and human dignity.