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    U.N. Loses Focus on the Human Rights They Ought to Protect

    The U.N. Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review Working Group reconvened last week in Geneva to examine the human rights records of 14 U.N. member states. The review was established as part of the new Human Rights Council (HRC) in 2006 and intended to review all 192 U.N. member states … More

    Obama's Remarks to the U.N. Were Damaging to Free Speech

    On Tuesday, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson characterized free speech not as a fundamental right, but as a “privilege” given to us by the U.N. Specifically, he referred to “the freedom of speech, the freedom of expression” as a: gift given to us by the [Universal] Declaration of Human Rights, but … More

    "U.N. Me" Documentary Exposes the United Nations

    Most people are familiar with the U.N.’s notorious ineffectiveness, but viewers of the documentary U.N. Me will reach an inevitable conclusion: It’s even worse than we thought. Managing to fit as many U.N. scandals into the short documentary as possible, filmmakers Ami Horowitz and Matthew Groff rely on interviews with … More

    A Deadly Anniversary in China

    Tuesday marked the 32nd anniversary of China’s oppressive one-child policy. The population control rule, established on September 25, 1980, has resulted in almost 40 million “missing” women and some of the most egregious human rights violations in recent history. As recent, gruesome accounts from the communist country have illustrated, enforcement … More

    Burma: Human Rights Situation Underscores Need for Careful, Go-Slow Approach

    As the persecution and human rights violations against ethnic minorities in Burma continue, the U.S., ASEAN, and other stakeholders need to examine their engagement with the Burmese military regime with this problem foremost in their minds. Rohingya Muslims are one of the most oppressed ethnic minorities in the world. Since … More

    Suffering Iranian People Need Humanitarian Help

    The two earthquakes that hit the northern Iranian town of Tabriz on Saturday—6.4 and 6.3 on the Richter scale—should prompt strong American support for the Iranian people. The contentious relationship between the government of Iran and the United States does not include the Iranian people. With more than 300 dead … More

    Russia Trade and Human Rights: Still Time for Congress to Act

    Earlier this year, over protests from the country’s communist party, Russia agreed to join the World Trade Organization (WTO). Now Congress is considering legislation that essentially says, “We want U.S. companies to benefit from the concessions Russia made to join the WTO.” This would be accomplished by ending application of … More

    Syrian Crisis Emboldens Kurds, Is Problematic for Turkey

    Turkish fears of an emboldened Kurdish population in Syria are rising. Since the Syrian uprising began in February 2011, Syria’s Kurdish population has taken advantage of the power vacuum in the country’s north and sought to expand its influence. Since last summer, the Syrian government’s mass killing of civilians has … More

    North Korea to Olympians: No Medals Means Labor Camp

    What if not winning a gold medal in the Olympics meant being cast out of society and forced into a labor camp when you returned home from London? Such is the fate awaiting some North Korean athletes who fail to bring home medals. Adding insult to injury, the athletes are … More

    International Religious Freedom Report: Time to Back Up Tough Talk with Tough Actions

    Yesterday, the State Department issued its 2011 International Religious Freedom Report, which represents the culmination of an annual review the State Department must undertake pursuant to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA). However, other than exhorting countries that are egregious violators of religious liberties (as defined in IRFA) … More