Bob Bernstein and Human Rights Watch: A Mixed Record

by Helena Cobban Washington DC, May 28—Robert Bernstein, the founder of Human Rights Watch (HRW) and a pioneering leader of the publishing company Random House, died earlier this week, aged 96. His passing provides a good opportunity to examine the… Continue Reading  

Democracy Activist’s Hunger Strike Exposes UAE Tolerance Charade

by Joe Stork Ahmed Mansoor, the United Arab Emirates’s most prominent human rights activist, has been on a hunger strike for the last three weeks to protest abysmal prison conditions and the flagrantly unjust trial that put him there. He… Continue Reading  

Twitter: Tool against Genocide?

by Austin Bodetti The Rohingya, Myanmar’s largest Muslim minority group, have suffered persecution at the hands of the country’s Buddhist-dominated military, the Tatmadaw, for decades. The United Nations has accused the Tatmadaw of waging “genocide” against the Rohingya, whom many… Continue Reading  

Not Breaking News: Trump Administration Does Not Believe in Occupation

by Lara Friedman Starting from virtually the moment President Trump took office in January 2017, he and his Middle East team began implementing a far-reaching transformation of U.S. policy vis-à-vis Israel and the Palestinians. Their intention: to erase the very… Continue Reading  

Freedom Rings Faintly from the U.S.

by Paul R. Pillar The watchdog organization Freedom House recently released its latest annual report on the state of political rights and civil liberties around the world. The picture is mixed as always, with many reasons for pessimism along with… Continue Reading