Not Breaking News: Trump Administration Does Not Believe in Occupation

David Friedman visits yeshiva in Sderot (U.S. embassy via Wikimedia Commons)

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.

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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  

China and the Battle over Human Rights

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by James M. Dorsey China is leading the charge in a bid to undermine accepted concepts of human rights accountability and justice. The Chinese effort backed by autocrats elsewhere has turned human rights into an underrated, yet crucial battleground in… Continue Reading  

Syrian return: A Matter of Politics or Humanitarianism?

Syrian refugees in Lebanon

by Roshan De Stone and David Suber Under international law, refugees with a well-founded fear of persecution in their country of origin cannot be forcibly repatriated. The rights-based language used around return usually frames the issue as a humanitarian one; often… Continue Reading  

Bahrain: Drop Charges in Rights Defender’s Case

Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab

by Human Rights Watch The following statement was issued on December 18, 2018 by 57 rights groups, including Human Rights Watch: