Human Rights

The General Assembly hall at U.N.'s New York headquarters on May 12, 2006. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

U.S. Pushes Back Against U.N. Anti-Violence Resolutions

Wary of creeping international law, U.S. diplomats fight a rearguard action to limit the scope of two U.N. resolutions on women and children.

Women walk through Kabul in 1972. (Via Amnesty International UK)

How the Muslim World Lost the Freedom to Choose

A brave new book describes how Pakistan unraveled — and provides a blueprint for understanding declining pluralism across the Middle East.

Policemen escort a handcuffed man on Oct. 12, 2005 in Meishan of Sichuan Province, southwest China. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

China Is Getting Better at Undermining Global Human Rights

It doesn’t help that the Trump administration doesn’t seem to mind.

A distraught Rohingya boy seeks handouts near the Balukali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on Sept. 20. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

For Years, U.N. Was Warned of Threat to Rohingya in Myanmar

Myanmar’s Muslim crackdown “has been decades in the making.”

Aung San Suu Kyi at 20th anniversary ceremonies honoring her winning the Nobel Peace prize December 10, 2011 in Yangon, Myanmar. (Paula Bronstein /Getty Images)

Give the Nobel Peace Prize Posthumously

There’s an easy way to avoid betrayal by winners of the world’s most important humanitarian prize: only give it to dead people.

TOPSHOT - Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a national address in Naypyidaw on September 19, 2017.
Aung San Suu Kyi said on September 19 she "feels deeply" for the suffering of "all people" caught up in conflict scorching through Rakhine state, her first comments on a crisis that also mentioned Muslims displaced by violence. / AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THU        (Photo credit should read YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images)

As Tragedy Unfolds in Myanmar, the People’s Heroine Stokes the Flames of Hatred

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya civilians are trapped in a cycle of violence perpetuated by Myanmar’s military, exacerbated by Islamist militants, and inflamed by Aung San Suu Kyi.

Cambodian police man a barricade outside a prison in Trapaing Phlong in Tbong Khmum province on September 11, 2017, where opposition leader Kem Sokha is being held after being detained last week.   
Politicians from Cambodia's embattled opposition movement on September 11 protested outside the far-flung border prison where their leader has been held for alleged treason, as strongman premier Hun Sen threatened to dissolve a party floundering under his protracted crackdown.  / AFP PHOTO / STR        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

While Cambodian Democracy Withers, Washington Stands Aloof

While Obama’s “pivot” to Asia gave rights advocates cause for hope, Washington’s longstanding indifference to Cambodia ensured minimal leverage.

President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila looks on during a meeting with South African President Jacob Zuma at Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria on June 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Phill Magakoe        (Photo credit should read PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Jig Is Up for Congo’s Embattled President

Instead of giving President Joseph Kabila a free pass to cling to power, world leaders should endorse a plan to replace him.

A picture taken on August 3, 2017 shows Sudanese foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour (L) attending a meeting with his Egyptian counterpart (unseen) in the capital Khartoum. / AFP PHOTO / Ashraf SHAZLY        (Photo credit should read ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Sudan Hopes for Sanctions Repeal as Deadline Looms

Khartoum hopes to get a permanent lifting of sanctions now that it’s playing ball with Washington in the fight on terror.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Newly sworn-in Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres takes questions from reporters at UN Headquarters, December 12, 2016 in New York City. Guterres will replace Ban Ki-moon of South Korea on January. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.N. to Join Congolese Authorities in Hunt for Killers of U.N. Experts

But António Guterres avoids full-fledged independent inquiry into brutal March murder of U.S. and Swedish researchers.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi (C) visits on August 15, 2017, the Al-Nimir camp in the Sudanese state of East Darfur for an on-the-ground assessment of the situation of South Sudanese refugees living in Sudan.
More than 5,000 South Sudanese refugees live in Al-Nimir camp where they arrived after fleeing war and famine in their country. / AFP PHOTO / ASHRAF SHAZLY        (Photo credit should read ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Sanctions South Sudanese Leaders

The measures single out the offshore fortunes of top generals and officials.

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