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    Morning Bell: Disabilities Treaty Just Another U.N. Power Grab

    International treaties sound like a good idea, especially when they claim to protect vulnerable people. The problem is, America already does more than any other country to ensure equal rights for its people—and the United Nations just wants the power to interfere in American law. The Senate is now considering … More

    Magnitsky Act Promises to Punish Human Rights Abuse, Open Trade

    Last Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that included language—called the Magnitsky Act—that for the first time punishes Russian officials implicated in serious human rights abuses. The bill was passed by an overwhelming majority—365 to 43—demonstrating strong bipartisan support. The Senate will vote on the Magnitsky Act and … More

    The Sergei Magnitsky Act and Human Rights

    Senators Ben Cardin (D–MD) and Jon Kyl (R–AZ) have joined together to sponsor a modern piece of human rights legislation, the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act. The legislation is designed to punish gross violators of human rights while allowing the U.S. to extend permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) … More

    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