Human Rights

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his way to a meeting with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia in Algiers on Dec. 2, 2018.

Note to Mohammed bin Salman: Stop Digging Yourself Deeper

The Saudis need to get on Biden’s good side. Obvious places to start include releasing women’s rights activists.

Saudi and foreign media representatives listen to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman remotely addressing a press conference, at the G20 summit's Media Center in the capital Riyadh, on November 22, 2020.

Mohammed bin Salman’s Human Rights Mirage

Saudi Arabia’s recent social reforms are more about earning international attention than improving the lives of its citizens at home.

Heavily armed Ethiopian soldiers deployed in Somalia as part of the African Union peacekeeping mission patrol in Beledweyne, Somalia, on December 14, 2019. (Photo by Luis Tato/AFP via Getty Images)

U.N. Fears Ethiopia Purging Ethnic Tigrayan Officers From Its Peacekeeping Missions

An internal United Nations document shows concern those troops could face torture or execution.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi walks by the Greek Presidential Guard before meeting with Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou in Athens on Nov. 11.

Egypt’s Sisi Intensifies Crackdown on Rights Advocates in Waning Days of Trump Administration

Trump’s “favorite dictator” is racing the clock to jail more political opponents. Will things be different under Biden?

A volunteer with the pro-immigration group Families Belong Together attaches one of 600 teddy bears to a chain-link cage on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Nov 16.

Getting Human Rights Right

Before Biden can lead in the world, he’ll have to lead at home.

A police officer faces a woman in mask as she argues against a pro-life counter protest in front of Krakow's Archbishop's Palace in Krakow on Oct 25.

Poland’s Culture Wars

Central Europe’s battles over rights are dangerous, and Europe can’t risk handing Russia a victory.

A protester poses with a banner reading “End SARS” at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos, Nigeria, on Oct. 18.

Nigeria’s Next-Generation Protest Movement

Demonstrations against police brutality—organized on social media and powered by artists and musicians—have shown Nigeria’s youth that they have the power to change society.

People with Chilean flags take part in a rally ahead of Sunday's referendum, in Santiago, on Oct. 22. Chileans will be asked two questions: if they want a new constitution and who should draft it.

A Year After Protests Began, Chile’s Constitutional Referendum Goes Ahead

On Sunday, after months of protests, voters can choose to keep or begin a process of replacing the current constitution.

The General Assembly Hall of the United Nations

The U.N. Protest Gag Order Lives On

One staffer has accused the United Nations Development Program of muzzling efforts to protest racism.

U.S. President Richard Nixon shakes hands with CIA Director Richard Helms

Document of the Week: When Ordering the Assassination of a World Leader Required Secrecy

Unlike Trump, former U.S. President Richard Nixon went to great lengths to cover up plans to assassinate or topple foreign leaders.

Riot police march through Hong Kong during an anti-government demonstration on Sept. 6.

How to Stop the Export of Authoritarianism

China is slowly killing the global human rights regime. Defending it requires Washington’s full engagement.

U.S. President Donald Trump exits Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Oct. 1.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Trump is a pariah for top security experts, Biden won’t end U.S. trade wars, and Saudi Arabia’s bid to rejoin the U.N. Human Rights Council.

A pedestrian walks past the Amnesty International office in Bengaluru on Oct. 26, 2018.

The Death of Human Rights in India?

New Delhi has a long history of harassing international NGOs. But under Modi, things may reach a tipping point.

Young Saudis walk next to a portrait of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Riyadh Season Boulevard in the Saudi capital on Jan. 31.

Saudi Arabia Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Rejoin the U.N. Human Rights Council

A state that tortures and executes children has no place in an international body that aims to protect human rights.

Colombian President Iván Duque shakes hand with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the III Hemispheric Ministerial Conference of Fight Against Terrorism in Bogota, on Jan. 20, 2020.

Washington’s ‘Blind Eye’ Toward Human Rights Abuses in Latin America

Would a Biden administration put the swagger back into America’s championing of human rights in the region?

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks about the Commission on Unalienable Rights at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on July 16.

Pompeo’s Critics Misrepresent the Commission on Unalienable Rights

The NGOs and activists criticizing the commission’s inaugural report are distorting its contents.

Afghans use computers at the Park Residence Internet Cafe in Kabul on Jan. 20, 2003.

In Afghanistan, Social Media Is the Only Way to Talk Back to the Taliban

As the United States abandons demands for human rights, young Afghans are embracing free speech the only place they can—on the Internet.

Then-U.S. first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses a panel on women's health and security before addressing the U.N. World Conference on Women in Beijing on Sept. 5, 1995.

Let’s Make Women’s Power Culturally Acceptable

Twenty-five years on from the Beijing Platform, the world has made important advances in gender equity. The next step is to ensure that women claim their rights not just in theory but also in practice.

This photo from June 19 shows an image of Iliass Tahiri (left) and his brother and a video still capturing the death of Iliass. Iliass Tahiri, 18, died on July 1, 2019, at the Tierras de Oria detention center in southern Almeria province, Spain.

Deadly Restraints Are a Stain on the EU

The continued use of lethal restraints, as in the case of Iliass Tahiri in Spain, damages the bloc’s human rights advocacy around the world.

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