Human Rights

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 |

Dispatch

'It's Like Jail Here'

Watching the World Cup finals in the labor camps of Qatar.

Priyanka Motaparthy |

Report

Gap Gambles on Myanmar

The company spent a year preparing to enter the former pariah state. Will it be a trailblazer or a cautionary tale?

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

Human Rights Hypocrisy

If chants and protests in Brazil left egg on FIFA’s face, Russia and Qatar are cooking up an omelet.

Musa Okwonga |

Argument

America's Young Refugees

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors trekking north from Central America is a humanitarian crisis -- and the United States should treat it like one.

Scarlett Aldebot-Green |

Report

Losing the Lonely War

Suicide is becoming a crisis among people affected by Syria's protracted civil war -- and no one is talking about it.

Lauren Wolfe |

Tea Leaf Nation

Changing the Chinese Embassy's Address to Liu Xiaobo Plaza Is a Silly Idea

It's a distraction. Besides, there are better ways to support human rights in China.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Dispatch

Cuba Wants You To Think It’s a Gay Paradise. It’s Not.

Cuba has come a long way on LGBT rights since putting gays in labor camps. But don't believe the Castro family's gay-friendly PR.

Justin Rohrlich |