Australians Should Know That Apartheid Is Still Happening Today

Click to expand Image Protestors hold placards as they take part in a rally in Melbourne, Australia on May 15, 2021. © 2021 William West/AFP via Getty Images When Human Rights Watch released its report on April 27 finding that Israeli authorities are committing the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution, it was covered by dozens […]

UN Should Speak Out on Security Service Abuses in South Sudan

The United Nations Security Council should signal clearly when it meets today that it will maintain an arms embargo on South Sudan as well as individual travel bans and asset freezes on government officials as long as widespread abuses continue. South Sudan’s National Security Service (NSS) spreads fear and terror throughout the country and serves […]

South Korea: Scrap Bill Shielding North Korean Government

Click to expand Image People watch a news program showing an image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.  © 2020 AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon (New York) – The South Korean National Assembly should reject a […]

Covid-19 Backlash Targets LGBT People in South Korea

Expand A rainbow flag is carried during a parade as a part of the Seoul Queer Culture Festival in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, July 14, 2018. © 2018 AP Photo/Lee Jin-man South Korea is experiencing a marked increase in online threats and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people who are being unfairly […]

UN Security Council Should Renew South Sudan Arms Embargo

Expand FILE: Opposition soldiers chant “Viva IO”, meaning “long live the opposition”, during a visit in August 2019 by a ceasefire monitoring team, at an opposition military camp near the town of Nimule in Eastern Equatoria state, South Sudan.  © AP Photo/Sam Mednick The United Nations Security Council should prioritize the protection of civilians in […]

South Sudan Academic Suspended Over Opinion Piece

Expand Academic and writer, Taban Lo Liyong.  © 2014 Private South Sudan’s University of Juba has suspended a renowned academic and writer from his teaching position over an opinion article on the issue of states and their boundaries – a controversial issue that has yet to be addressed by South Sudanese leaders before a Unity government […]

African Union: Ramaphosa Should Prioritize Rights

Expand Cyril Ramaphosa is sworn in as the new South Africa president at the parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 15, 2018. © 2018 Reuters (Johannesburg) – South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa should use his new leadership of the African Union to promote human rights and justice for violations across the continent, Human Rights […]

Cameroon: Make Humanitarian Response More Inclusive

Expand Blind people hold white canes they received from a local organization working with people with disabilities in Buea, South-West region, December 3, 2019. © 2019 Private (Nairobi) – Concrete action is needed to make the humanitarian response to the crisis in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon more inclusive of people with disabilities, Human Rights […]

South Korea Shouldn’t Backslide on LGBT Rights

Expand Participants march with a rainbow flag during a gay pride parade in Seoul © AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon   Conservative lawmakers in South Korea have already blocked the passage of nondiscrimination laws that would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and other minorities. Now, they’re trying to defang one of the few watchdogs […]