Human Rights

Cuban activists and supporters rally outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington on July 27.

Don’t Let Cuba’s Protest Momentum Evaporate

U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration should listen to activists on the ground.

People protest the Brazilian president.

The Pandemic’s Legacy Will Spur New Protests in Latin America

Increased economic inequality has only added to widespread discontent.

Trainee soldiers attend a reconciliation program in South Sudan.

U.S. Quietly Gives Up on South Sudan War Crimes Court

Six years after Washington gave $5 million to set up a war crimes court, nothing has happened.

U.S. Secretary of State meets with Egyptian president.

It’s Time for Biden to Get Tough on Sisi

Washington should refuse a security waiver and block $300 million in military assistance to Egypt until Cairo cleans up its act on human rights.

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.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrives at United Nations.

How Sisi Beat Biden’s Human Rights Policy

Egypt is again proving useful to the United States—for now.

Chilean cyclists participate in a protest against Sebastian Piñera's government in Santiago on Nov. 24, 2019.

Chile Offers a Blueprint for Effectively Channeling Outrage

Too many Latin American countries are stuck in a cycle of protest and reaction.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak.

Biden to Prod Putin on Syria Relief

Russia’s blockage of aid deliveries threatens to make Syria’s humanitarian disaster the worst it’s been since the war began.

Students hold a silent protest against the violence that marred yesterday's referendum vote outside the University on Oct. 2, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

People Want Free Speech—for Themselves

In a new global survey, respondents overwhelmingly supported freedom of expression—for anyone they agree with.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko speaks.

Defiant Belarus Snubs U.S. Ambassador

As relations between the West and Belarus crash, the U.S. envoy is barred from entering the country.

Chinese women take their babies for a stroll.

Chinese Women Have Already Voted Against Beijing’s Natalist Hopes

Government efforts to force the birth rate up are met with stubborn resistance.

Myanmar nationals hold a vigil in Thailand

Myanmar Pressure Campaign Stalls at the United Nations

The military regime’s neighbors resist sanctions, fearing it would divide regional powers.

Gay pride flag at half-staff

Gay Reparations Are Past Due

The United States lags behind many other countries in making up for its abusive past. Here’s why—and how to fix it.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Kremlin-Backed Hackers Target U.S. Aid Agency Before Biden-Putin Summit

Email phishing attacks aren’t unusual, but the new breach shows Russia isn’t letting up.

A woman holds a banner during a protest against the detention of the Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich in front of the European Commission representative office on May 24, 2021 in Warsaw, Poland.

Can Biden Do Anything About Belarus?

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko’s brazen air piracy and increasing closeness to the Kremlin demand a response, but Washington’s next move isn’t obvious.

Protesters gather during a Black Lives Matter protest.

Blinken Authorizes U.S. Embassies Worldwide to Display BLM Flags

A new directive comes while the United States commemorates the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder.

Protesters gather in Poland demanding Belarus free opposition activist Roman Protasevich.

Belarus ‘Hijacking’ Opens New Playbook for Autocrats

Snatching a dissident off a European Union-flagged carrier headed to another EU country opens a dangerous door.

Nikolai Grunin, an employee at the Russian technology company NtechLab, which won the city of Moscow's tender to supply its facial recognition algorithm, demonstrates the technology during an interview with AFP on Feb. 5, 2020.

Russia’s Surveillance State Struggles to Wean Itself Off the West

Moscow’s facial recognition networks are quietly reliant on U.S. components—a headache for companies and policymakers alike.

Ethiopian refugees from the Tigray conflict gather at a camp in Sudan.

Biden Administration Plans Visa Restrictions on Ethiopian Officials Over Tigray

Imposing visa restrictions on officials signals the start of a major U.S. policy shift.

Chadian soldiers carry the coffin of late Chadian President Idriss Déby during his funeral.

Biden Defaults to ‘War on Terror Approach’ to Chad

The U.S. president outlined big promises on human rights reforms. Critics say he’s already breaking them in Africa.