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An Indian Court Decision Takes One Step in the Right Direction for the Rights of Women

Last week, a two-man bench of the Indian Supreme Court ruled that sex with any underage girl, regardless of whether she is married or not, would be considered an act of rape.

This Supreme Court Case Could Have a Big Impact on US Foreign Policy

A case that is pending before the Supreme Court of the United States could have profound implications for human rights and corporate social responsibility around the world.

“America First” does not mean “America Alone” for a Majority of Trump Voters

A new poll of suggests that people who voted for Donald Trump last year interpret “America First” somewhat differently than what one might expect.  In fact, according to a the poll released today by the Better World Campaign, Trump voters join all voters in being favorably disposed to the US working cooperatively with other countries rather than “going it alone.”    The poll finds that a strong majority of Trump voters — 67% —   believe it is better for the United States to work with allies and through international organizations.

New Evidence Suggests that What’s Happening in Myanmar is no longer a “potential” genocide. It’s the real thing

A recent report by the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) details the brutal treatment of the Rohingya by the Myanmar military and armed gangs.

PODCAST: Journalist Alexis Okeowo Writes Profiles of Resistance in Africa


Alexis Okeowo is a staff writer for the New Yorker whose debut book was published earlier this month.

Map of the Day: The World’s Most Dangerous Megacities for Women


Today’s map comes from the Thompson Reuters Foundation, which launched a first-of-its kind poll ranking the world’s megacities in terms of how hostile they are for women living in them.

Lynch mobs in southern Malawi are on the hunt for vampires. No, really.

Lynch mobs in southern Malawi are on the hunt for vampires. No, really. At least seven people have been killed amid rumors of “blood suckers” in four district.

Will Trump Destroy the Iran Nuclear Deal?

The diplomatic fallout from President Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran Nuclear Dead will be far and wide.

The United States is Leaving UNESCO and That is a Terrible Thing

The Trump administration formally announced today that is is withdrawing from UNESCO, the UN’s scientific and cultural agency.

The World is Sidestepping the International Criminal Court to “Investigate” War Crimes in Yemen and Iraq?

Yemen and ISIS’s crimes in Iraq are two of the most dire human rights situations in the world right now.

Donald Trump’s Decertification of the Iran Nuclear Deal Would Put the United States in a Uniquely Awkward — and Dangerous — Diplomatic Pickle

President Trump is widely expected to “decertify” the Iran nuclear deal this week. According to press reports, he will contend that continuing with the deal is not in the national security interests of the United States (despite his top generals explicitely stating otherwise).

Liberian Presidential Elections are a Chaotic But Peaceful Transfer of Power. Here’s What You Need to Know


Liberia is going to the polls today to elect a new president. With no incumbent – Nobel peace prize winner Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the current president, is finishing her second term – this vote presents an opportunity for Liberia to affirm its democratic ideals.

Can UN Peacekeepers Prevent the Central African Republic from Descending Deeper into Conflict?

The Central African Republic is facing some serious challenges right now. Four years ago, the country was on the brink of genocide after the longtime strongman Francois Bozize was ousted in an armed rebellion.

For the first time, Women Outnumber Men in Senior Posts at a UN Agency


Something looked very different when the Director General of the World Health Organization introduced his senior leadership team this week.

What the Kurdish Independence Referendum Means for the Middle East

People in Kurdish region of Iraq have voted overwhelmingly for independence in a popular referendum that took place in late September.

Why Are Protesters Being Shot Dead in Cameroon?


Over the course of the past year, Cameroon has been experiencing internal turmoil and instability related to grievances pitting an Anglophone minority against a majority Francophone establishment.

Why Did the US Vote Against a UN Resolution Condemning the Execution of Gay People?

On September 29, the United States joined Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, China, India, Iraq, Japan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in opposing a Human Rights Council resolution that specifically condemned the use of the death penalty as a punishment for consensual same sex relations.

Chart of the Day: What Policy Makers Don’t Know About the Data They Need to Achieve Gender Equality By 2030


A new survey shows big gaps in what policy makers in key countries know about achieving gender equality by 2030–a key target of the Sustainable Development Goals.

PODCAST: Keith Harper was the first American Indian to Become a US Ambassador

When Keith Harper was confirmed as President Obama’s representative to the UN Human Rights Council he became the first American-Indian to achieve the rank of Ambassador.

More and More Children are in School Around the World, But They Are Not Learning Much


Getting kids into school is only half the battle. Making sure they’re learning is also critical. But according to a new report by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), more than 617 million children and youth globally are “not learning.” That’s three times the population of Brazil, or six out of 10 children worldwide who are not able to read or do basic math with minimum proficiency.


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