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Killer Drones in a Downward Spiral?

Medea Benjamin | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Illegal U.S. drone strikes continue (the Long War Journal says there have been eight drones strikes in Yemen so far this year), but efforts to curb the use of killer drones have made remarkable headway this year.

Tensions Rise Between the United States and Sri Lanka Over Human Rights

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Ronak D. Desai

Allowing these war crimes allegations to go unaddressed would undermine important international legal norms while rendering true reconciliation in the country an even more remote prospect.

United Nations No Defender of Muslim Women's Rights

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Although the UN does important humanitarian work, it is overgrown with the weeds of a dysfunctional bureaucracy and spineless leadership, and has become a watering hole for states that are prepared to sanction sex discrimination and extremist ideology without fear of serious challenge by the world body.

Believe or Die: 4 Member States of the Human Rights Council Where Apostasy Means Death

Bob Churchill | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact
Bob Churchill

What the report itself did not do was to compare these 77 countries posing "severe" or even "grave" problems, with the member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Let's do that now!

China's Opportunity to Live Up to Its 'Human Rights Dream'

Bianca Jagger | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Bianca Jagger

I appeal to President Xi Jinping to commit to progressing the recommendations made by UN member states on Tibet. He should immediately agree on dates for a visit from Navi Pillay, so that she may investigate the Tibetan grievances which have contributed to the tragic wave of self-immolations over the last two years.

The Slippery Slope of Self-Censorship in China

PEN American Center | Posted 12.22.2013 | World
PEN American Center

Decisions about self-censorship today are increasingly an international problem that affects writers around the world.

Guess Who Wants A Seat At The Human Rights Table?

AP | PETER JAMES SPIELMANN | Posted 07.11.2013 | World

UNITED NATIONS -- The United States on Thursday slammed Syria and Iran for seeking seats on the U.N.'s Human Rights Council, saying their own rights v...

Tehran's Fearful Muslim Fundamentalists: Religious Persecution in Iran

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Iran is Exhibit #1 for the threat posed by Islamic fundamentalists gaining control of government. Iranian repression is increasing and the space available to regime opponents is diminishing.

Iran Tops the List as an Enemy of Human Rights

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Reporters Uncensored

By Tala Dowlatshahi The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) is meeting this month at its annual session to grade governments on their treatment of their ci...

The UN Promotes a Slave-Owning Nation

Tom Gross | Posted 04.27.2013 | World
Tom Gross

The UN Human Rights Council begins its annual session in Geneva today by once again disgracing itself by appointing the West African nation of Mauritania as its Vice-President for the next 12 months.

U.N. Panel: Israeli Settlements Are 'Illegal'

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 04.02.2013 | World

GENEVA -- The United Nations' first report on Israel's overall settlement policy describes it as a "creeping annexation" of territory that clearly vio...

Israel Boycotts U.N. Review Of Its Human Rights Record

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 01.29.2013 | World

GENEVA -- Israel became the first nation to skip a U.N. review of its human rights record without giving a reason – and then won a precedent-set...

UN Announces Global Ban On Female Genital Mutilation

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 11.27.2012 | World

UNITED NATIONS -- Campaigners against female circumcision scored a major victory Monday with the approval by a key U.N. committee of a resolution call...

Human Rights Council Elections: Pander Time

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 01.15.2013 | World
Aaron Rhodes

It is painfully clear that Western states are allowing themselves to be held hostage to dictatorships promoting a watered-down human rights doctrine.

Chavez and Nazarbayev Celebrate Tyrannical Victory at U.N. Human Rights Council

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 01.12.2013 | World
Thor Halvorssen

The U.N. Human Rights Council has become perhaps the most effective tool for dictators to divert attention away from their own abuses. With some of the world's most egregious rights violators newly elected, we need to ask, how much credibility does the council have left?

Maintaining US Leadership in the United Nations

Nancy E. Soderberg | Posted 12.10.2012 | World
Nancy E. Soderberg

As a founding member of the United Nations, the United States has a responsibility to uphold and promote universal human rights norms.

Immigration Detention Conditions in Georgia Run Afoul of Human Rights Standards

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

ICE should discontinue detaining immigrants at the corporate-run Stewart and Irwin County Detention Centers given the extent of the documented violations as well as the distance to family and communities of support.

Cuba, Russia, and China Shut Down UN Human Rights Discussion About Venezuela

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 08.31.2012 | World
Thor Halvorssen

Already, Venezuela has indicated it wishes to leave the highest human rights court in the Western Hemisphere -- the Inter-American Court for Human Rights. Why? Because it loses, time and time and time again.

Dan Froomkin

U.S. Ignores U.N. Plea To Protect Occupy Protest Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.18.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- Federal officials have yet to respond to two United Nations human rights envoys who formally requested that the U.S. government protect ...

Iran and the Futility of Denial Diplomacy at the UN Human Rights Council

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.30.2012 | World
Omid Memarian

Considering Javad Larijani's inability to build coalitions with other UN member states and in view of his aggressive conduct, expecting him and his team to effect changes in Iran's standing within the UN appears highly unlikely.

Israeli Settlements in Vise Between Court and Council

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 05.26.2012 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

The Israeli supreme court's brusque dismissal of Benjamin Netanyahu's "compromise" to avoid demolishing a West Bank settler outpost that even Israelis acknowledge is illegal spotlights the deep divisions within Israel about the ongoing settlement enterprise.

Israel Bars U.N. Team From Investigating Settlements

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 05.26.2012 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel cut working relations with the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday and will bar a U.N. team from entering Israel or...

Iranian Sunset

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 05.15.2012 | World
Reporters Uncensored

How terribly tiring it is to watch shows like the Shahs of Sunset, especially for those of us who actually hope to promote true cultural awareness and understanding between the nations. Clothes, "holla", money, shahs, bombs, nuclear weapons and terrorists.

Voter ID Insanity at DOJ Going to the United Nations

Ken Blackwell | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

The right to vote includes the right not to have your vote diluted by fraudulent votes. And as citizens, each of us has a duty to comply with reasonable measures to ensure that our elections are free and fair.

Rebels Launch Effort To Fight Crackdown In Syria

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 04.30.2012 | World

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