The United Nations hopes the deployment of its first-ever combat brigade and the recent appointment of Mary Robinson as Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region will help stabilize the human rights and security situation in eastern Congo.
Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, emphasized recently to the council in Geneva that the country operates a system of “widespread and systemic” torture and a policy of harassment, arrests and attacks against human-rights activists.
The Islamic Republic of Iran remains high on the radar of the HRC and other international human rights organizations concerned with the poor treatment of the country’s citizens who speak out against repression and corrupt laws.
Two years ago, commemorating International Domestic Workers Day on June 16, governments, labor unions and employers’ associations voted overwhelmingly to create global labor standards to help promote the rights of the 50 to 100 million domestic workers worldwide.
The recent admission by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry that it believes media working inside the country are spies for the U.S. and British government is troubling news indeed.
Imagine a new world of innovative, inexpensive and successful learning, where dusty streets in rural towns in developing countries are lined with self-powered computer kiosks and children from poor neighborhoods have the same ability to work with new technology as children in richer areas do. That dynamic is the goal of new education policies put [...]
I was mesmerized by the captivating drama which unfolds in the film Argo. It is sure to win many accolades next month at the Academy Awards. Nevertheless, it was irresponsible of Affleck and his collaborators to distort what actually happened, especially during this very turbulent time in the US-Iran relationship. In one of the first [...]
The Reverend Richard Cizik is on a mission. To talk to him is to encounter an energy and intensity that seem to spring from a divine source, and indeed, he sees his current efforts to put climate change back on the agenda of evangelicals during the 2012 U.S. presidential elections as part of his Christian [...]
We all know the Iranian government does not support free expression. Iran remains the largest prison for journalists – over 40 behind bars. But just where does the government currently stand in terms of censorship and surveillance of its people? The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was himself a victim of his own filtering program, when [...]
By Andrea Salazar Demanding good jobs for the 99 percent, protesters from around the country took their message to members of Congress Tuesday as part of the “Take Back the Capitol” rally. Elbridge James, president of the board at Progressive Maryland, one of the participating organizations, said the group is in support of a plan [...]