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Hermann Göring, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's second in command, at the Nuremberg trials
Hermann Göring, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's second in command, at the Nuremberg trials

Don’t Cling to Hopes That Putin Will Ever Face Justice

The system for prosecuting war crimes is broken—but focusing on sanctions could work.

Pro-Choice demonstrators celebrate outside the Justice Palace in Bogota after the Constitutional Court voted in favor of decriminalizing abortion up to 24 weeks of gestation
Pro-Choice demonstrators celebrate outside the Justice Palace in Bogota after the Constitutional Court voted in favor of decriminalizing abortion up to 24 weeks of gestation

How Latin American Feminists Won Abortion Rights

Many argue abortion is not just an issue of individual choice but also of social justice.

Supporters of the “Coalition of Northern Groups” rally to urge authorities to rescue hundreds of abducted schoolboys in northwestern state of Katsina, Nigeria, on Dec. 17, 2020.
Supporters of the “Coalition of Northern Groups” rally to urge authorities to rescue hundreds of abducted schoolboys in northwestern state of Katsina, Nigeria, on Dec. 17, 2020.

Can Nigeria Ever End Its Kidnap-for-Ransom Industry?

New legislation seeks to tackle a stubborn security threat, but members of the government are undermining their own policy.

A man sits near a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a demonstration in Bamako, Mali, on Feb. 19 celebrating France’s announcement that it will withdraw its troops from the country.
A man sits near a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a demonstration in Bamako, Mali, on Feb. 19 celebrating France’s announcement that it will withdraw its troops from the country.

Russia Flounders in Ukraine but Doubles Down in Mali

Russian mercenaries fill Mali vacuum as European powers pursue an exit.

A Uyghur man in Medina, Saudi Arabia, in 2019 holds his expired Chinese passport (red) and a one-way travel document (blue) issued in its place by the Chinese mission in Saudi Arabia.
A Uyghur man in Medina, Saudi Arabia, in 2019 holds his expired Chinese passport (red) and a one-way travel document (blue) issued in its place by the Chinese mission in Saudi Arabia.

China’s Transnational Repression Gets Saudi Backing

Deporting Uyghur refugees is inhumane and illegal.

Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova shows pictures during an interview with AFP in western Ukrainian city of Lviv on March 22.
Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova shows pictures during an interview with AFP in western Ukrainian city of Lviv on March 22.

To Prosecute Putin for War Crimes, Safeguard the Digital Proof

Holding Russia accountable for atrocities in Ukraine requires the painstaking collection and preservation of evidence in the face of rampant disinformation.

Gennady Kuzmin addresses the U.N. General Assembly.
Gennady Kuzmin addresses the U.N. General Assembly.

U.N. Kicks Russia Off Human Rights Council

In one way at least, so far, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has joined Muammar al-Qaddafi’s Libya.

The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva
The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva

Russia to U.N. Members: You’re With Us or Against Us

Moscow will interpret a failure to vote against its ouster from the Human Rights Council as a show of support for the U.S.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the press in Bucha.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the press in Bucha.

Reports of Russian Atrocities in Ukraine Are Just the Beginning

Hellish scenes from the Kyiv suburb of Bucha spark fears of what awaits in Mariupol.

Rohingya refugees gather behind a barbed wire fence.
Rohingya refugees gather behind a barbed wire fence.

The U.S. Has Recognized Myanmar’s Genocide. But Is That Enough?

Rohingya activists and human rights defenders plead for more action against Myanmar’s military junta government.

A child hugs his mother in a temporary shelter in a gym of a high school in Przemysl, near the Ukraine-Poland border, on March 15.
A child hugs his mother in a temporary shelter in a gym of a high school in Przemysl, near the Ukraine-Poland border, on March 15.

Europe’s Hospitality for Refugees Won’t Last Forever

Eastern Europe is treating Ukrainians better than Syrians and Afghans—but giving people the means to resist is the only way to prevent future crises.

South-Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa (R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) attend the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia, on Oct. 24, 2019.
South-Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa (R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) attend the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia, on Oct. 24, 2019.
People protest for political reform and the release of political prisoners in Kazakhstan.
People protest for political reform and the release of political prisoners in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan Can’t Torture Its Way to Stability

Until the Tokayev regime shows remorse for its brutal crackdown, the country’s reforms won’t bring progress.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 1, 2021.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 1, 2021.

Anti-Colonialism Doesn’t Mean Ignoring Human Rights Abuses

Oppression should be condemned, regardless of who is behind it.

A new closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera installed on the roof of a private Palestinian home in Hebron’s Tel Rumeida neighborhood is seen in the occupied West Bank on Dec. 4, 2021.
A new closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera installed on the roof of a private Palestinian home in Hebron’s Tel Rumeida neighborhood is seen in the occupied West Bank on Dec. 4, 2021.

How the Occupation Fuels Tel Aviv’s Booming AI Sector

Israel hones invasive surveillance technology on Palestinians before it is exported abroad.

Xi and Kim in Beijing
Xi and Kim in Beijing

Hold Beijing Accountable for Aiding Kim Jong Un’s Crimes

China plays a crucial role in sustaining North Korea’s horrific human rights record.

A woman stands among debris in Ukraine.
A woman stands among debris in Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Kids Are Literally on the Front Line

Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian children suffer shellings, shootings, and psychological trauma.

President Joe Biden speaks at a virtual summit on democracy.
President Joe Biden speaks at a virtual summit on democracy.

Top White House Human Rights Official Leaving Post

Shanthi Kalathil played a key role in organizing Biden’s Summit for Democracy.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad.

Inside the U.S.-Russia Deal that Eases Pressure on Assad

Is it a necessary concession for humanitarian reasons, or part of a trend toward normalization?

Olympic British speed skater Farrell Treacy in Beijing.
Olympic British speed skater Farrell Treacy in Beijing.

U.N. Chief Rebuffs U.S. Request to Skip Beijing Olympics

U.S. envoy Linda Thomas-Greenfield presses António Guterres to confront China over rights abuses in Xinjiang.

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