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    North Korea’s Crimes Against Humanity

    The United Nations commission of inquiry on human rights abuses in North Korea began taking testimony from defectors in South Korea yesterday. It is the first U.N. commission to investigate whether North Korea’s human rights abuses could be classified as crimes against humanity. “Crimes against humanity” are legally defined as … More

    Penalizing Religious Belief: No Bed of Roses

    A Washington state florist is facing a lawsuit by the state’s attorney general because she desires to conduct her business in accord with the principles of her faith. Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts, is being sued by the state of Washington for refusing to provide flowers for … More

    Venezuela Tries to Weaken Human Rights Watchdog

    A group of populist Latin American states—led by Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela—hopes to reduce the role of an international human rights commission and watchdog. These radical states aim to weaken the commission because it goes against their political ambitions, as it entails scrutiny and judgments of human rights violations by … More

    U.S. House to Hear from Wife of American Citizen Imprisoned in Iran

    On Friday, the House of Representatives will hold a hearing on the persecution of religious minorities in Iran. It will feature Nagmeh Abedini, the wife of a Christian pastor currently jailed in Iran. Nagmeh’s husband, Pastor Saeed Abedini, is an American citizen who was sentenced to eight years in prison … More

    The U.N. vs. George Zimmerman: Is this What "International Justice" Would Look Like?

    One would think that Harvard Law School-educated Navanethem “Navi” Pillay, a South African jurist and current United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights would have better things to do than get involved in the affairs of a democracy like the United States. Yet Pillay, who has served as a judge … More