Genocide

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.

Candy Boyd, owner of the Boyd Funeral home, speaks during an interview next to an empty casket and cabinets built for expanded storage capacity of embalmed bodies awaiting burial due to the surge of Covid-19 deaths on Jan. 14, 2021 in Los Angeles.

The U.S. Coronavirus Response Might Be a Crime Against Humanity

The Trump administration callously dismissed the deaths of the most vulnerable, including minorities.

Supporters and members of the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement rally outside the White House to urge the United States to end trade deals with China and take action to stop the oppression of the Uyghur and other Turkic peoples on Aug, 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Pompeo Weighs Genocide Designation for China

The outgoing U.S. secretary of state orders a review to determine if China’s repression of Uighurs constitutes genocide.

International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

Biden Likely to Lift Sanctions on ICC Chief Prosecutor

But it’s unlikely the next U.S. administration will be able to fully embrace the International Criminal Court as the shadow of American prosecutions still lingers.

Graffiti relating to Xinjiang and Tibet is seen on the pavement during a rally in Hong Kong to show support for the Uighur minority in China on Dec. 22, 2019.

Tibet Was China’s First Laboratory of Repression

Xi Jinping is bringing methods honed in Xinjiang back to the Himalayas.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Anatoly Bibilov, the leader of Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia, shake hands prior to their meeting in the Kremlin.

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Russia is consolidating its foothold in Georgia, Canada’s new brand of populism, and China’s repression of the Uighurs is a genocide.

Uighur children joke as they taunt a local police officer in Xinjiang

China’s Own Documents Show Potentially Genocidal Sterilization Plans in Xinjiang

Ethnic minorities are being targeted by family planning departments as reproduction restrictions loosen on Han Chinese.

Omar al-Bashir

Will Sudan’s Bashir Be Handed to the ICC at Last?

In a surprise move, Sudan indicated it might turn over former autocrat Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court, which he flouted for so many years, over Darfur.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with his Lithuanian counterpart, Saulius Skvernelis.

Lithuania Is Forming a New Relationship With Its Past—and With Israel

As political ties flourish, the country is taking tenuous steps to confront its Holocaust history. But it hasn’t gone far enough.

A sign at a Canadian First Nations protest in Toronto references the high number of missing and murdered indigenous women of Canada on April 21, 2018.

Canada Reckons With Genocide

A damning new report on the deaths of indigenous women highlights post-colonial nations’ failures.

Document of the Week: Nixon’s Little-Known Crusade Against Genocide in Burundi

A 1972 memo downplaying the slaughter of Hutus in Burundi stirred an angry scrawled response from the president.

Callixte Mbarushimana during a hearing at The Hague’s International Criminal Court on Sept. 15, 2011.

The Alleged War Criminal in the U.N.’s Midst

Twenty-five years after the Rwandan genocide, will the U.N. at last pursue one of its own former officials?