Growing LGBTI+ Hate Shows the UN’s Need to Adapt

June 09, 2021

Since February, security forces have arrested at least 24 people in Cameroon for alleged same-sex conduct or gender nonconformity. In Uzbekistan, videos showing the abuse, humiliation and beatings of gay men have been circulated around social media groups. In Poland, the...

Athletes Shake Up Sports Governance

April 14, 2021

Sports governance worldwide has had its legs knocked out from under it. Yet national and international sports administrators are slow in realizing the magnitude of what has hit them. Tectonic plates underlying the guiding principle that sports and politics are unrelated have shifted, driven by a...

COVID-19: Balancing Health Emergencies and Human Rights

July 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to governments around the world imposing state emergencies under the pretext of protecting public health. Such measures, which have included both partial and full lockdowns to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease, have had an...

Violence Against Women Is an Assault on Human Rights

December 16, 2019

Meena (name changed), a 26-year-old woman from Pune, India, has been receiving assistance from the Family Planning Association. One day, she rushed to the clinic in tears, desperately hoping for some help. Meena continued to cry as the counselor screened her for signs of domestic violence. She...

Could Change Come to North Korea?

February 19, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Andrew Yeo, associate professor of politics at The Catholic University of America. There are few reports with encouraging overtones emerging from North Korea. The country is mostly known for its contentious nuclear program and pervasive...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Legitimate” Exercise of Free Speech

February 22, 2018

An activist faces prison for criticizing the Chinese government’s suppression of Tibetan identity. Various media outlets are reporting the story of a Tibetan activist, Tashi Wangchuk, threatened by the Chinese government with 15 years in prison for the crime of “inciting separatism.”...

It’s Time for America to Join the ICC

July 19, 2016

America’s role as self-proclaimed primary supporter of human rights makes it essentially unavoidable for the US to join the ICC. On July 11, the International Criminal Court (ICC) determined that “the Republics of Uganda and Djibouti had failed to comply with the request for arrest and...

What Has the ECHR Ever Done for Us?

April 27, 2016

Even on the serious subject of Brexit, there is space for humor. The debate over the UK’s role in the European Union (EU) and its relationship with Brussels has been picking up speed as the date of the referendum approaches. Many in the leave camp believe that Britain would be stronger outside...

The Right to Health is a Human Right

February 26, 2016

Social rights can no longer be relegated to a secondary position in the US Constitution. According to a study by the Toronto Initiative for Economic and Social Rights, more than 90% of 195 constitutions around the world guarantee at least one economic and social right. Nearly 68% of those...

Killing for Honor in Pakistan

January 29, 2016

In Pakistan, around 1,000 women die in honor killings every year. Since becoming an independent state, the young nation of Pakistan has been plagued by lawlessness, corruption and inequality. It is the third worst country in the world to be a woman, with over 90% of women in tribal areas...

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