human rights

Africa and the International Criminal Court: Is Global Justice Blind?

Applying a global standard of justice seems near impossible for crimes that stem from vast inequalities in wealth and power, particularly when judgement shades into race and gender. But the ICC has tipped the scales, slightly, toward a collective moral gravity.

U.S. Gov. Secretly Infected Thousands of Guatemalans with STDs

Government scientists infected 5,500 Guatemalans with syphilis and gonorrhea between 1946 and 1948 to study the effects of penicillin, according to recent findings of a U.S. presidential panel.

Colombia Moves Past Reconciliation and Revives the Idea of Reparation

The war-torn nation will allow victims of violence to petition for compensation. If the project works, it just may rewrite the rules of justice for human rights atrocities.

Halfway Through Term, Obama Still Hasn't Earned His Nobel Prize

As Obama greets Chinese President Hu Jintao this week, he does so with a record of more words than deeds on human rights.

There Are Many More Political Prisoners Than You Think

It doesn’t stop with high-profile people like Aung San Suu Kyi. Governments lock people up for their beliefs by the thousands.

White House Says Child Soldiers Are Ok, if They Fight Terrorists

By giving a pass to four countries using kids in war, the U.S. undermines a global moral guidepost.

Native Human Rights Advocate Defies Conservative Attacks in Iowa

Karen Mackey, executive director of the Sioux City Human Rights Commission has stood up amid political controversy driven by the right.