What Kim Hyuk has carried with him on his harrowing journey from the streets to the speaking circuit.
Her country is in crisis. But human rights heroine Aung San Suu Kyi isn't giving Burma the leadership it needs.
Many commentators are hailing the results of the Iranian presidential election as a victory for popular choice. But that feel-good narrative misses the bigger story.
Europe prides itself on its democratic credentials. So why is a tiny band of underdog dissidents having such a hard time fighting the continent’s last dictator?
Some Egyptians see military rule as a solution to their problems. Here's why it's a bad idea.
Of all the Arab Spring countries, little Tunisia is the one that's making the most progress toward full-fledged democracy.
Why Barack Obama can't afford to take human rights off the agenda when he meets with Xi Jinping.
Washington's democracy promotion community is a mess. Here's how to fix it.
Has the government of Prime Minister Erdogan finally succumbed to the authoritarian impulses that doomed so many other Turkish leaders before him?
It's time to stop pretending that America's in Afghanistan to help women.
A Guatemalan court’s recent ruling in favor of a former dictator looks scandalous. But it actually shows just how far Latin American democracy has come.
Daniel Fried was the perfect man for the hardest job in Washington, but even he couldn’t close Guantanamo.
Why Russia's ludicrous attempt to silence Alexey Navalny is a throwback to the bad old times of Stalin and Khrushchev.
Development aid is inherently political - and that's not a bad thing.
Can Burma build a free media or will the government’s new soft-sell propaganda win out?
Saudi Arabia hounded this lawyer out of the country because he stood up for human rights. Now, he explains how the kingdom is launching a new crackdown on dissent.
How did Turkey become the world's leading jailer of journalists?
Why human rights advocates should stop worrying about the phantom fear of autonomy.
What we know about the Syrian rebel commander captured on video ripping out and eating the heart of a pro-Assad fighter.
Why Obama doesn’t need Congress to start to make good on his promise.
Many in the State Department aren’t happy with the president’s policy on Syria. And they’re speaking out.
It’s time for the president to back up his words with action.