Human Rights

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (right) sits next to a monitor displaying a virtual Quadrilateral Security Dialogue meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden (top left), Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison (bottom left), and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (bottom right), in Tokyo on March 12.

Japan Toughens on China as Beijing Issues Threats

Pro-engagement politicians are aging out of the Liberal Democratic Party.

Christine Schraner Burgener arrives at Sittwe Airport in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

The End of Quiet Diplomacy in Myanmar

The U.N. dials up the pressure campaign against Myanmar’s putschists.

People from Myanmar living in Taiwan display portraits of deposed Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi at a protest in Taipei on March 21.

Romanticizing Dissidents Plays Into the Hands of Repressive Governments

When it comes to Alexei Navalny and Aung San Suu Kyi, we can’t have it both ways.

The Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny and his wife, Yulia Navalnaya, are seen at the passport control point at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on Jan. 17. Russian police detained Navalny at the airport shortly after he landed on a flight from Berlin.

Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Announces Hunger Strike

The Kremlin foe’s health has deteriorated dramatically since being transferred to a brutal penal colony.

Supporters of Ugandan opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, and local and foreign journalists are assaulted by Uganda Military Police outside the U.N. Human Rights Offices in Kampala on Feb. 17.

Is Uganda Returning to the “Dark Days”?

As protesters disappear, Bobi Wine’s opposition is demanding answers from the Museveni regime.

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.

A person wearing a white mask with red tears takes part in a march calling on the European Union to condemn China’s treatment of the Uyghur population in Brussels on April 27, 2018.

China and Europe Are Breaking Over Human Rights

Europe’s leaders want autonomy to strike deals with Beijing, but public outcry over the Uyghurs is forcing their hand.

A group of Jehovah's Witnesses in Massachusetts

Why Is Putin Afraid of Jehovah’s Witnesses?

Since they were labeled an extremist group in 2017, more than 400 have been charged or convicted.

Turkish soldiers stand guard at the Silivri Prison and Courthouse complex in Silivri, Turkey, on Feb. 18, 2020. Turkish businessman Osman Kavala has been held in the prison since 2017.

Erdogan’s Power Plays Turn to Profit Margins

The Turkish president is willing to tank the economy if it means he can quash his ideological opponents.

Migrant domestic workers carry placards during a protest to abolish the kafala system in Beirut on May 5, 2019.

Why Lebanon Can’t Kick Its Addiction to Indentured Labor

The country is almost bankrupt, but it still forks out on migrant workers under the heavily criticized kafala system.

A mass demonstration in support of the Syrian opposition marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the Syrian civil war in Idlib, Syria, on March 15.

Ten Years on, Will There Ever Be Justice for Syria?

As the war drags on, there are small glimmers of hope for those seeking reconciliation.

Fatou Bensouda, the International Criminal Court’s head prosecutor, speaks during the Assembly of States Parties at The Hague, Netherlands, on Dec. 2, 2019.

Biden Can’t Claim ‘Moral Leadership’ While Sanctioning the ICC

Washington’s aversion to the court’s recent decision on Palestine is emblematic of a fundamental disconnect in U.S. foreign policy.

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.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh on Oct. 23, 2018.

Riyadh Seeks Biden’s Forgiveness

Saudi Arabia has freed activists and announced reforms, but must do more to win the new team’s favor.

Women take part in a demonstration during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Santiago, Chile, on Nov. 25, 2020.

Why Chile’s New Constitution Is a Feminist Victory

Activists built on years of organizing to achieve a groundbreaking gender-parity requirement in the upcoming drafting process.

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