human rights

Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Sentenced to 38 Years and 148 Lashes

38 Years Prison and 148 Lashes for Iranian Human Rights Defender

March 18, 2019

Nasrin Sotoudeh defended political prisoners and worked to abolish Iran’s death penalty. Human rights groups are worried her sentence could signal increased repression of peace activism in Iran under a judiciary with a history of human rights violations

UN Commission Report Accuses Israel of War Crimes in Gaza

UN Commission Report Accuses Israel of War Crimes in Gaza

March 7, 2019

International law professor Kevin Jon Heller discusses the report of the UN Human Rights Council, which says Israel must be held accountable for war crimes committed against unarmed civilians and that Israeli courts do not hold them accountable

Lima Group Members Invoke Human Rights While Trampling On Them

Lima Group Members Invoke Human Rights While Trampling On Them

February 24, 2019

Venezuelan human rights activist Antonio Gonzalez Plessman discusses the human rights situation in Venezuela and other Latin American states

UDHR: Setting Limits On Power Still Pending Since 1948

UDHR: Setting Limits On Power Still Pending Since 1948

December 31, 2018

An attentive review of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights suggests that 70 years on we have not fully averted the kinds of mistakes that the drafters of the UDHR sought to prevent from ever being repeated

Counterbalancing Disproportionate Power: The Message from Harris Gleckman

Counterbalancing Disproportionate Power: The Message from Harris Gleckman

December 26, 2018

No major democratic country deals with domestic civil or criminal matters related to human rights based on a voluntary system, explains Harris Gleckman, in an op-ed on the disproportionate power wielded by transnational businesses in the current world system

Airbnb Pressured to Remove Listings in Illegal Israeli Settlements on Occupied Palestinian Land

Airbnb Pressured to Remove Listings in Illegal Israeli Settlements on Occupied Palestinian Land

November 28, 2018

House-sharing company Airbnb was pressured to remove listings in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, after a campaign by human rights organizations. CODEPINK’s Ariel Gold says this is a big victory for peace activists

Palestinian Authority and Hamas Regularly Torture and Arrest Political Dissenters

Palestinian Authority and Hamas Regularly Torture and Arrest Political Dissenters

October 28, 2018

Omar Shakir discusses the Human Rights Watch report on how the two Palestinian governments continue the practices of the Israeli occupation to which they are opposed. Even Facebook posts can get activists arrested and tortured by the Palestinian Authority

Israel’s Two-Tiered Legal System: Apartheid is Not Hidden Anymore

Israel’s Two-Tiered Legal System: Apartheid is Not Hidden Anymore

September 26, 2018

Diana Buttu explains the connection between the cancellation of parole committees for Palestinian prisoners, and the court which used the Law of the Nation to rule for extra compensation for Jews

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights partners with Discovery Education to launch new education program

September 4, 2018

Khalilah Harris and Kerry Kennedy discuss RFK Human Rights’ launch of the Speak Truth To Power education initiative; engaging young people in schools to be aware of and take action on global human rights issues; and, the need to support teachers with the right tools and resources to be effective in the classroom

Baltimore Ceasefire Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

August 8, 2018

Eze Jackson recaps one year of quarterly 72-hour ceasefires called by Baltimore residents to address the city’s murder rate