Genocide & Crimes Against Humanity

A demonstrator wears a mask with the East Turkestan flag

Calls for Independence May Not Help the Uyghur Cause

Stopping the atrocities in Xinjiang requires reaching the Chinese public.

Salva Kiir, then-acting president of the government of Southern Sudan

Succession in South Sudan

America’s greatest success story in Africa has degenerated into its biggest failure.

A man carries a girl on his shoulder as she holds a flag of the Syrian opposition during a protest in the village of Atme in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib on March 15.

‘Responsibility to Protect’ Is One More Casualty of the Syrian War

The conflict’s impact on the world’s ability to prevent atrocities will be felt for years to come.

Uyghurs demonstrate in London.

Beijing Plans a Slow Genocide in Xinjiang

Chinese officials’ own words speak to plans to reduce Uyghur births.

A Chinese man walks in front of the National Aquatics Center in Beijing.

Relocate the Olympics or Condone Genocide

China is trying to use the 2022 Games to whitewash Xinjiang atrocities.

Namibian skulls from the German Empire's genocide are repatriated.

Europe Repents in Africa

Germany and France have formally acknowledged their roles in the continent’s 20th-century genocides.

Sahak Tavukcu mops the floor of the Surp Hresdagabet Church in Istanbul.

For Turkey’s Armenians, Biden’s Genocide Declaration Makes Little Difference

A century after the mass killings, Armenians in Turkey are still outcasts.

People hold photographs of Armenian writers and artists who were among the Armenian intellectuals arrested for deportation by Ottoman forces in 1915 at the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial in Yerevan, Armenia, on April 24, 2015.

Stop Giving Erdogan a Veto Over U.S. Recognition of the Armenian Genocide

Biden can do the right thing because Turkey has lost strategic significance.

Uyghurs protest lack of information and treaty ratification.

Yes, the Atrocities in Xinjiang Constitute a Genocide

Beijing’s own words and actions highlight the intent to end the Uyghurs as a people.

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa addresses the nation along with army commander Shavendra Silva, navy chief Nishantha Ulugetenne, and air force chief Sudarshana Pathirana during Independence Day celebrations in Colombo on Feb. 4.

The United Nations Turns Up the Heat on Rajapaksa

As Sri Lanka’s human rights record worsens, the world body tries to hold the country accountable for past crimes.

srebrenica genocide memorial

The Wounds of the Bosnian Genocide Haven’t Healed

An Oscar-nominated film exposes the crimes of Srebrenica at a time when the perpetrators are still celebrated in Serbia and beyond.

Portraits of six Uyghur women.

Uyghur Women Are China’s Victims—and Resistance

The Chinese government may soon regret choosing to crack down on women from Xinjiang’s Muslim minority.

A photo from the film Quo Vadis, Aida?

Oscar-Shortlisted Film Puts Bosnian Genocide on Silver Screen

“Quo Vadis, Aida?” could do for the Srebrenica massacre what “Schindler’s List” accomplished for the Holocaust.

Director Terry George talks to Rwandan President Paul Kagame

Paul Kagame Celebrated ‘Hotel Rwanda’—Until Its Hero Criticized Him

Rwanda’s president once welcomed the Hollywood film. His recent attacks on the movie and its protagonist show that his government cannot handle dissent.

The United Nations Human Rights Council during a debate about the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Geneva on June 26, 2019.

Can Biden Fix the U.N. Human Rights Council?

The administration insists it can succeed where two U.S. presidents already tried and failed.

Pro-Uighur protesters demonstrate outside the White House in Washington, on Aug. 14, 2020.

State Department Lawyers Concluded Insufficient Evidence to Prove Genocide in China

Despite the Trump administration’s declaration of a genocide in Xinjiang, upheld by the Biden administration, some legal experts suspect China’s behavior may fall short of actual genocide.

Activist Irade Kashgary waves a flag of the Uighur region as she takes part in a protest outside of the Apple Store on K Street on July 30, 2020 in Washington.

Why Western Companies Should Leave China

Consumers will punish brands that rely on forced Uighur labor. While abandoning the Chinese market might hit profits, it will bolster reputations.

Muslim Uighurs hold placards as they demonstrate in front of the Chinese Consulate in Istanbul after China announced the ratification of an extradition treaty with Turkey on Dec. 30, 2020.

The United States Should Give Fleeing Uighurs a Home

It’s time for Washington to build on the momentum of the State Department’s genocide declaration and prioritize Uighurs for resettlement.

Paul Rusesabagina (C) is escorted by police officers at the Kicukiro Primary court in Kigali, Rwanda, on Sept.14, 2020.

When It Comes to Rwanda, Don’t Believe Everything You See in the Movies

Many Rwandans regard the protagonist of a Hollywood film as a terrorist, not a hero.

Paul Rusesabagina is escorted by police officers after his pretrial court session at the Kicukiro Primary Court in Kigali, Rwanda, on Sept. 14, 2020.

Rwanda’s Rendition of a Hollywood Hero Confirms the Country’s Descent Into Dictatorship

Paul Rusesabagina is the latest dissident to be caught in the Rwandan ruler’s authoritarian net. Western governments must stop portraying President Paul Kagame’s repressive regime as a development success story.