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From Stop-and-Frisk to Guantánamo: US Human Rights Record Under Scrutiny at UN

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
The Center for Constitutional Rights

As the Obama administration continues rallying its allies to hold Russia to its international law obligations in Ukraine, the international community had an opportunity this week to turn the magnifying glass the other way and question the U.S. government.

No Rights for People Outside the United States

Pedro Pizano | Posted 05.14.2014 | World
Pedro Pizano

This week the United States is up for its Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Committee. One of the most contentious issues that will be raised is whether the US will accept that core human rights provisions apply outside its borders.

A Sad OAS General Assembly Meeting

Joel D. Hirst | Posted 09.08.2012 | World
Joel D. Hirst

Despite receiving little fanfare, this meeting was concerning for those of us who dedicate ourselves to human freedom for two important reasons.

Gay Marriage Is A Human Right, Law Professor Says

Mary J. Loftus | Posted 06.13.2012 | Religion
Mary J. Loftus

Catholic bishops have been saying that the federal mandate that private insurers cover contraceptive services violates religious freedom. But the Catholic Church also supports policies that compromise the religious and moral freedom of others.

Israel Raid on Gaza Flotilla: US Failure to Condemn Despite UN Findings

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Obama has failed to condemn Israel's actions on May 31, notwithstanding overwhelming evidence of its illegality.

California Assembly Votes to Report on Human Rights to U.N. Committees

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

While our government does not hesitate to criticize other countries for their human rights violations, it has been derelict in complying with our own human rights commitments.

Iran's Nuclear Crisis: Why ICC Ratification Could Help Ease Tensions and Avert War

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh

Increasing sanctions coupled with a record of reliance on aggressive language, inflexible positions and the overhanging threat of war have only served to toughen Iranian resolve.

Sri Lanka's Defining Moment?

Sandeep Gopalan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sandeep Gopalan

There are allegations that the media in Sri Lanka has been intimidated through killings, torture, disappearances and detentions. Accurate reporting is the casualty.