Human Rights

Argument

My Life Under House Arrest

One of China's best-known dissidents writes about life as a prisoner of conscience in Beijing.

Hu Jia |

Photo Essay

On the Other Side of the Mountain

A Yazidi family, safe for now, takes temporary shelter in Northern Iraq along the border with Syria.

Andrew Quilty |

COLUMN

All Heat and No Fire

The U.N. is going to determine if Hamas and Israel committed war crimes in Gaza. Even if they did, what can the U.N. do about it?

David Bosco |

Argument

Mayhem at the Hay Adams

Security teams for two African leaders cracked skulls -- literally -- at the White House's big leadership summit. That should never be allowed to happen again.

Jeffrey Smith |

Dispatch

'A Reckoning Hasn't Happened'

A new tribunal might prosecute some of Kosovo’s top leaders for gruesome crimes allegedly committed in the late 1990s, including organ trafficking and murder. But could it actually deliver justice?

Valerie Hopkins |

Dispatch

'Boys Will Be Boys'

In India's largest state, a misogynistic family-run political dynasty wants to pretend a rape epidemic doesn't exist.

Ankita Rao |

Lab Report

The Height of Hubris

Why an Erdogan victory in Turkey's presidential election is likely to trigger the biggest opposition backlash yet. The first in our series of Lab Reports on Turkey.

Cenk Sidar |

Slide Show

Stranded on Mount Sinjar

The Yazidis, a small Iraqi religious minority, are marooned and starving on a mountain in Kurdistan. Now, the United States is trying to save them from the murderous hands of the Islamic State.

FP Staff |

Argument

Is It Now Legal to Be Gay in Uganda?

The country's infamous anti-homosexuality law has been struck down -- but homophobia is still dangerously enshrined in the country's penal code.

Neela Ghoshal |

Tea Leaf Nation

In One Xinjiang City, Beards and Muslim Headscarves Banned From Buses

Karamay's clumsy policy is likely to fray nerves further in an already tense region.

Alexa Olesen |

Argument

The Power of Naming and Shaming

Why renaming a Washington street after a leading Chinese dissident is an excellent idea.

Pedro Pizano |

Dispatch

The Death of Sympathy

How Israel’s hawks intimidated and silenced the last remnants of the anti-war left.

Gregg Carlstrom |

Argument

Sending the Right Message

Why this week's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit needs to pay more than just lip service to human rights and good governance.

Daniel Bekele |

Argument

Back to the Future in Libya

Why some Libyans see a solution to the country's political crises in a document that was published 63 years ago.

Lorianne Updike Toler |

Report

Negotiating the Next War

Allowing rebels to leverage a cease-fire into political power will only lead to more death in the Central African Republic -- as it has in South Sudan and too many other African states.

Rebecca Hamilton |

Dispatch

In Congo, a Disabled Peace

Security is improving in the eastern part of the country -- so why are many refugees worse off than before?

Ty McCormick |

Argument

The Rights Abuses Uruguay Doesn't Want You to Know About

A small South American country has been making big strides in human rights. But it's still got some work to do.

Debbie Sharnak |

Slide Show

The Uprooted

Two decades after an official cease-fire between Azerbaijan and Armenia, hundreds of thousands of Azeris remain displaced.

Ed Kashi |

Argument

Development Déjà Vu

How can the new BRICS bank avoid repeating the same mistakes and egregious human rights violations of the World Bank?

Lauren Carasik |

Dispatch

Myanmar's Last Front

As the conflict in Kachin state wages on, civilians remain caught in the crossfire.

Philip Heijmans |

Argument

An Eye for a Tooth

Israel's problem with deterrence.

Daniel Byman |

Christian Caryl

The Woman Who Came Back from Hell

How Rwanda's Pentecostals are keeping the demons of the past at bay.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Operation Lifeline Syria

Why the international community could be on the cusp of a humanitarian breakthrough in the Syrian conflict.

Madeleine Albright |

Putinology

The Forgotten Victims of the War in Ukraine

We're right to mourn the dead of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. But that doesn't mean we should forget the others whose lives are being forever altered by the war.

Anna Nemtsova |

COLUMN

When the Blue Helmets Are to Blame

International peacekeepers -- like the ones who stood by in Srebrenica -- could soon be held accountable for their actions.

David Bosco |

Argument

How to Roll Out the Red Carpet for Africa

Obama's major summit with the continent's leaders will only succeed if the White House eschews autocrats in favor of a new generation of democratic champions. 

Jeffrey Smith |

Argument

India's NGO Backlash

India prides itself on its respect for democratic values. So why are civil society groups under attack?

Ram Mashru |

Argument

'Strike Him with an Axe'

A pro-Russian separatist's how-to guide for terrorizing eastern Ukraine includes advice on robbing banks, sabotage, and staging drive-by shootings.

Alexander J. Motyl |

Argument

Pivot vs. Principles

Thailand’s coup gives the United States a chance to show that it actually cares about human rights and democracy.

Suzanne Nossel |

Argument

Has Kenya Destroyed the ICC?

The body blows dealt by Nairobi have human rights groups questioning whether the court can -- or should -- prosecute atrocities in South Sudan and other African states.

Michela Wrong |