Human Rights

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.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses a public meeting at Jerenga Pathar in Assam, India, on Jan. 23.

Modi Spent India’s Soft Power—and Got Little in Return

The prime minister has decided that international criticism is a price worth paying for pursuing his domestic agenda, but he shouldn’t be so sure.

An elderly woman looks out from her window in Barcelona, Spain, on April 26, 2020.

How the Pandemic Made the ‘Last Acceptable Prejudice’ Worse

Ageism has colored the response to COVID-19 and is setting everyone up for a more difficult economic recovery.

Yeliz Guzel practices her musical instrument, the baglama—a kind of lute, in her one-room apartment in Mersin, Turkey, on Nov. 23, 2020.

Singing for Inclusivity in Turkey

Yeliz Guzel’s pride choir brought LGBTQ Turks together—but left her ostracized.

Richard Ratcliffe, husband of the jailed British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe currently being held in Iran, addresses the press with mother Barbara Ratcliffe and daughter Gabriella Ratcliffe in front of 10 Downing Street on Jan. 23, 2020 in London.

Biden Must Not Ignore Iran’s Human Rights Record

The U.S. government has a long history of pursuing multiple policy goals with adversaries and demanding respect for human rights will not derail nuclear negotiations.

A U.N. police officer stands at an empty entrance at the United Nations Sept. 22, 2020.

India’s Seat at the Table

The country has long been denied a permanent place on the U.N. Security Council, but it has itself to blame.

A man holds a flower and a flag reading “Peace” during the funeral of a man killed by alleged members of an armed group in El Tambo on Aug. 25, 2020.

Colombia’s Peace Court Charges Former Guerrilla Leaders

The response will indicate the future of the country’s fragile detente.

Cars pass beneath an electronic billboard depicting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the phrase “Together we can” in Cairo on Jan. 15.

Sisi’s Last Stand

The Egyptian president enjoyed relative impunity during the Trump years. Now, an uptick in repression at home—and criticism from abroad—may end up spelling his downfall.

Security officials wait in front of the gate door of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 17, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey two weeks after Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated inside the building.

Biden Should Release the CIA Report on Jamal Khashoggi’s Killers

Trump has protected Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman despite the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that he ordered the assassination of a U.S. resident. The new administration should reveal the truth.


Foreign Policy Begins at Home

The best way for Biden and Harris to build better partnerships abroad is to get America’s own house in order—and that begins with human rights.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden

Biden Can’t Make Washington a Beacon for Human Rights by Returning to Business as Usual

The world stepped up while the United States stepped back from defending human rights. The next U.S. president should join them.

Gender rights activists gather to take part in Namma Pride 2020, a solidarity walk in Bengaluru, India, on Dec. 27, 2020.

For LGBTQ+ People Around the World, Here’s What Biden Can Do to Build Back Better

Divided government or not, the incoming administration has several options for fixing the United States’ human rights record.

A Sudanese asylum-seeker talks during an interview in the southern part of Tel Aviv where thousands of them live, on Oct. 25.

The Kafkaesque World of Sudanese Refugees in Israel

Aid organizations fear that Israel is about to deport thousands of asylum-seekers to Sudan now that the two countries have made peace.

Workers walk by the perimeter fence of what is officially known as a vocational skills education center in Dabancheng in Xinjiang, China, on Sept. 4, 2018.

In Rare Unanimity, Biden Could Double Down on Trump’s Uighur Sanctions

A bipartisan crackdown on Chinese forced labor has put Western corporations on notice—and could pave the way for Washington to finally support the International Criminal Court.

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