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.
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.
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.
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?
Poland’s Culture Wars
Central Europe’s battles over rights are dangerous, and Europe can’t risk handing Russia a victory.
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.
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 U.N. Protest Gag Order Lives On
One staffer has accused the United Nations Development Program of muzzling efforts to protest racism.
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.
How to Stop the Export of Authoritarianism
China is slowly killing the global human rights regime. Defending it requires Washington’s full engagement.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Pompeo’s Critics Misrepresent the Commission on Unalienable Rights
The NGOs and activists criticizing the commission’s inaugural report are distorting its contents.
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.
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.
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.