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Human Rights Defenders

There Are No Human Rights on a Dead Planet

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 04.15.2014 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

Let's break down the artificial barriers that have so long separated the human rights, environmental, and development communities. We face common threats. But there are common solutions.

Human Rights Day: Nonviolent Tactics Promote Positive Change in the Middle East

Curt Goering | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Curt Goering

December 10, Human Rights Day, is a time to honor human rights defenders everywhere who speak out for the rights of all people.

Reality Exposes Bahrain Government Claims

Brian Dooley | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Brian Dooley

Repeated claims by the Bahrain government that it is on the path to reform and stability don't match the reality of a regime that is taking increasingly repressive measures, including new targeting of human rights defenders.

What Great Powers Do

Frank Jannuzi | Posted 08.07.2013 | World
Frank Jannuzi

As President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping of China begin discussions designed to forge closer personal bonds between the two nations, they should not shy away from uncomfortable topics. The centerpiece for this summit ought to be crafting a shared vision on human rights.

On Aid to Egypt

Neil Hicks | Posted 05.14.2013 | World
Neil Hicks

The costs to the United States of failure to promote peaceful democratic transition in Egypt should not be underestimated. The uprising in Egypt, and in other countries of the region, has presented the U.S. commitment to promoting human rights and democracy around the world with a stern test.

Bahrain: Activists in Hiding as Crisis Continues

Brian Dooley | Posted 05.01.2013 | World
Brian Dooley

No one knows exactly how many Bahrainis are living in hiding within the kingdom. It's thought that dozens are on the run from authorities, who stand ready to jail them for their part in the protests. Hundreds more have been imprisoned after sham trials.

Morsi's Illusory Power Grab

Neil Hicks | Posted 01.30.2013 | World
Neil Hicks

Assertions that Morsi exercises unprecedented powers in his current role as nominal head of the executive should be taken with a large grain of salt.

One Year Later, Bahrain Reform Remains Shallow Promise

Brian Dooley | Posted 01.20.2013 | World
Brian Dooley

The Bahrain government has concentrated on creating bureaucratic processes for implementation instead of producing real change that can be felt by those peacefully pressing for reform.

Free Expression Not a Catch Phrase

Brian Dooley | Posted 12.31.2012 | World
Brian Dooley

By stifling the possibility of legal street protests, the Bahraini regime has made more illegal protests a certainty. There isn't much left for those pressing for democratic reform.

Derision on Prison Indecision

Brian Dooley | Posted 10.14.2012 | World
Brian Dooley

While time drags on without meaningful reform, the protests across Bahrain intensify, some of which have developed a violent edge. The regime needs to find something better than its current Ostrich Strategy if it's to convince anyone that it is serious about reform.

Five Things to Look for in the Egyptian Presidential Elections

Neil Hicks | Posted 07.22.2012 | World
Neil Hicks

Egyptians will go to the polls tomorrow to vote in their first-ever competitive presidential election. Whoever wins will have legitimacy in a contest in which tens of millions of voters will choose from a broad range of candidates.

Don't Return to Business as Usual in Egypt: Link Foreign Aid to Democratic Progress in Egypt

Neil Hicks | Posted 05.18.2012 | World
Neil Hicks

Ignoring the human rights and democracy conditions that Congress has placed on U.S. foreign assistance to Egypt would be seen as the U.S. government giving its unconditional support to anti-democratic forces in Egypt.

Scenes From a Bahraini "Courtroom"

Brian Dooley | Posted 05.16.2012 | World
Brian Dooley

There they sit, squeezed onto two benches in Bahrain's criminal court: the 20 medics who were tortured into making false confessions.

Was it Something I Said?

Brian Dooley | Posted 03.18.2012 | World
Brian Dooley

With delicious irony, the Government of Bahrain sent out a press release last week declaring that it "welcomes visits by all human rights organization...

Egyptian Elections: Five Reasons to Stick With the Process

Neil Hicks | Posted 02.01.2012 | World
Neil Hicks

Egypt's democratic transition faces two main threats: subversion by anti-democratic religious extremists; and obstruction by an authoritarian military junta loathe to yield power to civilian rule. Those who support continuing democratic progress in Egypt must oppose both.

"Troll" Attacks on #Bahrain Tweets Show Depth of Government Attempts to Silence Dissent

Brian Dooley | Posted 01.17.2012 | World
Brian Dooley

As human rights abuses persist in Bahrain, human rights defenders on the ground there are forced to take their fight for political freedom to other mediums, including Twitter.

In Praise of a Bahraini Police Officer

Brian Dooley | Posted 01.04.2012 | World
Brian Dooley

In Bahrain, an unknown number of the security forces have been detained for joining the calls for democracy and refusing to join the regime's violent crackdown.

Bahrain's Youth Crackdown: Hard Lessons in Democracy Building

Brian Dooley | Posted 01.01.2012 | World
Brian Dooley

The Bahraini government's inept handling of its students is a great example of why the kingdom is increasingly seen as a pariah state.

Activists Continue to Take Stand in Bahrain Despite Hostile Crackdown

Brian Dooley | Posted 12.20.2011 | World
Brian Dooley

Bahrainis who stand up publicly to promote human rights risk harassment and arrest. Human rights defenders remain in constant jeopardy from the Bahraini dictatorship. Despite those threats, they continue to document human rights abuses and work for political freedom.

Not Giving Egypt's Military Junta What It Wants

Neil Hicks | Posted 12.11.2011 | World
Neil Hicks

The quality of the U.S. relationship with Egypt will be determined by the progress Egypt makes towards democratic governance that protects and upholds the basic rights and freedoms of all of its people.

Egypt's Malaise

Neil Hicks | Posted 09.07.2011 | World
Neil Hicks

The outbreaks of violence in Egypt have to date not been that serious, but they have been sufficient to deal a serious blow to people's confidence.

For the U.S. in the Middle East, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word

Brian Dooley | Posted 06.08.2011 | World
Brian Dooley

If U.S. officials in Cairo, Tunis, Washington and elsewhere could admit they made some bad choices, recognize they got things seriously wrong over many years it might help restore some desperately needed credibility. But sorry seems to be the hardest word.

U.S. and the Middle East Uprisings: Time to Get on the Right Side of History

Brian Dooley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brian Dooley

There is much talk in Washington DC and elsewhere of the events in Africa and the Middle East being a 1989 moment. It's hard to think otherwise, but good outcomes are far from guaranteed.

Data Casts Doubt on Glanz and Markoff's Egypt Kill Switch Theory

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Human Rights First

The suggestion that the Mubarak regime was more interested in cutting Egyptians' connection to the outside world than in disrupting the organizing potential of the internet within Egypt is dubious.

How Do Human Rights Activists Protect Themselves?

Matt Easton | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matt Easton

An Indonesian rights lawyer is fatally poisoned on a flight. State agents abduct a Zimbabwean activist and hold her incommunicado. These shocking incidents occur in a context of routine surveillance.