Human Rights

Haitian migrants cross the U.S.-Mexico border on the Rio Grande.

Democrats See Broken Promises in Biden’s Haiti Policies

After high-profile resignations, Biden diplomats scramble to shore up stability in Haiti and stem migration.

A smiling Bashar al-Assad faces a crowd of journalists with microphones.

Biden’s Inaction on Syria Risks Normalizing Assad—and His Crimes

The world is gradually accepting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad back into the fold.

People hold candles during a rally in Yerevan, Armenia, on September 26, 2021. Around 3,000 Armenians marched in capital Yerevan on September 26, 2021, to commemorate the victims of the war with arch-foe Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region the year before.

The U.N. Must Investigate Nagorno-Karabakh War Crimes

Baku and Yerevan are not members of the International Criminal Court. That means an independent international investigation is needed to ensure accountability for atrocities.

Palestinians rally to denounce the Palestinian Authority following the violent arrest and death in custody of the activist Nizar Banat in Ramallah, West Bank, on Aug. 2.

A High-Profile Trial Spells Tribulation for the Palestinian Authority

The trial of Nizar Banat’s killers has exposed the rot at the PA’s core.

Russian and African presidents pose at a Russia-Africa summit.

Who Blessed the Vlads Down in Africa?

Russia’s Wagner Group has its eyes on Mali. It fits a pattern of Russian interference in Africa.

A protester gestures while holding a placard as another holds up a scarf with the colors of the Nigerian national flag during a demonstration against police brutality.

America’s Hollow Africa Policy

Washington’s focus on stability over human rights is alienating Africa’s youth.

Former Hong Kong lawmaker Nathan Law, now in exile in the U.K., speaks at a rally for Hong Kong democracy at Marble Arch on June 12, 2021 in London.

Biden Needs to Bolster the Power of Exiles

The U.S. democracy agenda can’t focus simply on supporting democratic governments.

Then-U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden listens to a story.

The Meaning of Biden’s ‘America First’ Doctrine

The U.S. president cares about the well-being of the world. But he cares about Americans’ well-being more.

An Egyptian policeman patrols watch towers at Tora Prison on the southern outskirts of Cairo on Feb. 11, 2020.

Sisi Is Leaving the Sick to Suffer in Egypt’s Prisons

The Egyptian government has deliberately let a former presidential candidate languish behind bars without proper medical care.

A U.S. soldier points his gun toward an Afghan passenger

Biden’s Democracy Agenda Just Died an Ugly Death in Kabul

The fall of Afghanistan reveals hard truths about U.S. human rights talks.

USAID Administrator Samantha Power speaks in Khartoum during a trip to East Africa.

Why Did Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Rebuff Samantha Power?

The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development was seeking greater access for aid workers in Tigray.

A construction site for a Turkish prison complex

‘We Fell Off the Face of the Earth’

Opposition politicians are disappearing into Turkey’s massive new prison system.

A statue of Mao Zedong

Ideological Competition With China Is Inevitable—Like It or Not

Beijing recognizes promoting human rights and democracy is an ideological challenge. So should Washington.

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya addresses the U.N. Security Council from her office in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Sept. 4, 2020.

Belarus’s Unlikely New Leader

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya didn’t set out to challenge a brutal dictatorship.

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.