International Human Rights
Human Rights in North Korea
The government of North Korea, known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), is guilty of systemic human rights abuses and human rights violations.
Definition: Human Rights
A definition of human rights.
A short biography of Laurent Gbagbo, president and dictator of Ivory Coast.
History of Human Rights
The concept of human rights as we know it today has a very recent history or a very old history, depending on how you look at it. Belief in moral universals has historically been the domain of philosophy and religion, reflected in every system of thought ever recorded, but belief that governments are obligated to respect the fundamental...
Human Rights in the People's Republic of China
The People's Republic of China (PRC) is the most populous nation on Earth, and the sole remaining Communist superpower. Like its Stalinist predecessor, the Soviet Union, it is also repressive. Its history is of a radical Communist autocracy that has, over time, shifted to a more open market and a legal system that has greater respect for the rule of law, a system that is less restrictive than it …
Should human cloning be banned?
Should human cloning be banned? Tom Head weighs the pros and cons.
Amnesty International (AI)
A profile of Amnesty International.
The War Crimes of Saddam Hussein
From the time of the July 1978 decree condemning his political enemies to his eventual capture, Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was one of the most brutal dictators on Earth.
Human Rights in Israel and the Occupied Territories
A summary of the human rights situation in Israel.
Human Rights in Iran - Iranian Human Rights Abuses
A human rights profile of the government of Iran, which is guilty of systemic human rights abuses and human rights violations.
The Darfur Genocide
The crisis in the Sudan has already claimed 350,000 lives and displaced 1.8 million. Here is Jen Brea's engaging, easy-to-follow primer on exactly what has happened, what is happening now, and what you can do to help.
Afghanistan: Christian Convert Granted Asylum in Italy
Abdul Rahman was subject to a possible death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity, then acquitted on grounds of insanity, then threatened with multiple bounties on his life. The Italian government has agreed to grant him amnesty and a new identity.
Iran: Police Attack Crowd Celebrating International Women's Day
While a prominent Morocco-based Islamic cultural organization celebrated International Women's Day on March 8th by endorsing women's rights, police in Iran fell back on their time-honored holiday tradition of violence and oppression.
Iraq: Badr Organization Targets Gays for Murder
The Badr Organization, which represents a theocratic strain of Shiite Islam and holds immense political power in postwar Iraq, is targeting gay men and transgender persons for death.
North Korea: Physician Says Government Encourages Infanticide
A North Korean dissident reports that the government routinely encourages the murder of disabled newborns as part of a mass "purification" effort.
Sierra Leone: Charles Taylor May Be Tried in the Hague
The government of Sierra Leone is working to indict warlord Charles Taylor on war crimes charges, and is negotiating with the Dutch government to hold the trials at the site of the International Criminal Court.
CIA World Factbook 2005
One of the most useful and up-to-date resources on international human rights is the CIA World Factbook, which is available online in a searchable format.
Amnesty International Report 2005
Amnesty International's annual report on human rights is more specific, and probably less biased, than the CIA factbook--but it also glosses over more general information. I recommend reading them side by side.
Human Rights Watch World Report 2005
The Human Rights Watch World Report isn't as comprehensive as the CIA or AI reports, but it makes up for that by focusing on a specific series of topics each year. The 2005 report emphasizes the Darfur genocide, Abu Ghraib, religion and terrorism, and anti-sex legislation.
Human Rights Watch World Report 2004
The 2004 report addresses a wide range of diverse topics including the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the broader War on Terror, regional intervention in Africa, child soldiers, sexual violence, ethnic tension in the Balkans, international courts, and cluster bombs.
U.S. State Department International Religious Freedom Report 2005
The U.S. Department of State publishes an annual report on international religious freedom. The format is similar to the CIA and AI reports, but focuses on freedom of religion.
A New U.N. Human Rights Council
The U.N. Human Rights Council has been steadily losing power and relevance over the past several decades, but a March 2006 reorganization plan may change that.
Morocco: Prominent Islamic Group Declares Support for Women's Rights
In honor of International Women's Day 2006 (March 8th), the Morocco-based Islamic Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) issued a statement in support of women's rights.
Australia: Howard Administration to Veto Civil Unions Bill
Like the United States, Australia is currently run by a conservative administration that opposes expanding protection of gay rights.
China: Communist Hardliners Condemn Censorship
In China, pleas for a free press are very common--but they don't usually come from Mao Tse-tung's old guard.
China: Government White Paper Defends Human Rights Record
In 2000, the Chinese government published a report documenting what it described as significant progress in human rights over the past 50 years.
The American Civil Liberties Union - International Human Rights
The ACLU's advocacy page for international human rights issues, with up-to-the-minute news, links, and special reports.
Issue Summary: Geneva Conventions
Do the Geneva Conventions apply in the War on Terror? U.S. Politics Guide Kathy Gill examines both sides of the issue.