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.
Pompeo’s Commission on Unalienable Rights Will Endanger Everyone’s Human Rights
The U.S. secretary of state’s commission cherry picks the issues that suit its agenda while undermining international law and threatening LGBT and women’s rights.
Cracking Down on Activists for Their Tweets Isn’t New
The lawyer Prashant Bhushan’s arrest and detention for posting tweets critical of the Indian government is part of a wider global trend.
The Bubonic Plague Killed Feudalism. COVID-19 Will Entrench It.
Throughout history, pandemics have been a great equalizer. Here’s why this time is different.
After Another Mining Disaster, Ethnic Minorities Lose Patience With Myanmar’s Leadership
For those in the borderlands, the recent landslide in Kachin state is a symptom of the government’s empty promises.
The United Nations Isn’t Jeopardizing Children in Conflict Zones. It’s Protecting Them.
Shaming violators alone won’t stop the use of child soldiers and other human rights abuses. Defending children’s rights requires engagement with governments and armed groups.
As the Global Economy Melts Down, Human Trafficking Is Booming
Desperate families face risky job offers, dubious loans, and online predators.
Human Rights Are in Recession. Can That Be Reversed?
The U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights looks to establish clear definitions for a renewed global battle.
Pompeo’s Attack on ‘1619 Project’ Draws Fire From His Own Diplomats
The secretary of state’s latest foray into the “culture war” has sparked anger and backlash among U.S. diplomats of color.
Lawmakers Allege Egyptian Interference in Torture Suit
A House letter calls the arrests of an Egyptian American human rights advocate’s family a bid to “undermine” the U.S. judicial process.
Corporations Will Be Complicit if Israel Goes Through With Annexation
Annexation will raise their legal risk of being held accountable for human rights violations and war crimes.
The Real Reason the United States Lags on LGBTQ Rights
This week’s Supreme Court decision ends one legal battle, but reveals why the country’s record is so poor.
It’s Not Just Trump. The World Worries America Is Broken.
Protests against police brutality and systemic racism highlight what is seen as the United States’ accelerated decline.
Green Energy’s Dirty Side Effects
The global transition to renewables could lead to human rights abuses and risks exacerbating inequalities between the West and the developing world.
India Has Handed China a Way to Interfere in Kashmir
The revocation of Article 370 unwittingly gave Beijing a new weapon.
Fighting for U.S. Values Abroad, Black Diplomats Struggle With Challenges at Home
Protests against racism are shedding light on a silent morale crisis within parts of America’s diplomatic corps.
America the Unexceptional
Long a promoter of rights and democracy abroad, the United States would be wise to look within.