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May 23, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Violence Against Women in the Inter-American Human Rights System: A Case Study of Jessica Gonzales v. United States

In 1999, Jessica Gonzales’ three daughters were abducted by her estranged husband and killed after the Colorado police refused to enforce a restraining order against him. Caroline Bettinger-López and…

Podcast Women in Peru march holding sign reading: ' We want us alive' during a protest against violence against women, November 25, 2017.

October 1, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
The Security Implications of Human Trafficking

A new report from the Women and Foreign Policy program, launched this week, highlights the security implications of human trafficking and offers recommendations to prevent human trafficking and advan…

Women travel in a truck in the town of Mararaba after the Nigerian military recaptured it from Boko Haram. Adamawa state. May 10, 2015.

March 4, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Aid To Egypt: Do Human Rights Matter?

The White House read-out of the President’s February 26 call with Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi said this: The President...emphasized President Morsy’s responsibility to protect the democratic p…

August 21, 2012

United States
Human Rights and the Mexican Military

Human rights abuses within Mexico’s drug war are garnering increasing attention, both in Mexico as well as in the United States (holding up some 15 percent of Merida money in 2010). A recent Trans-Bo…

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April 18, 2018

Human Rights
The Long Arc of Human Rights: A Case for Optimism

Drawing on decades of research into transnational civil society networks and international institutions, political scientist Kathryn Sikkink counters skeptics from the left and the right who have arg…

A woman from the Rohingya community from Myanmar cooks food outside her makeshift shelter in a camp in New Delhi, September 13, 2014.

September 18, 2011

Human Rights
Is There a U.S. Human Rights Policy?

Now in its third year in office, the Obama Administration has never championed the cause of human rights. Its slow reaction in June 2009 to the stealing of the election in Iran and the birth of the “…

October 21, 2019

Civil Society
Should There Be a "Right to Assist" Campaigns of Civil Resistance?

A "Right to Assist" could help prevent violent conflict and ease democratic transitions. But several important questions remain unanswered. 

Anti-government protesters gather at the start of a protest march in Hong Kong's tourism district of Tsim Sha Tsui, China.

May 5, 2017

Global
Human Rights and Diplomacy

David Kramer, Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy at the McCain Institute and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, joins CFR's James M. Lindsay …

July 31, 2019

Rwanda
Alongside Real Progress, Kagame’s Human Rights Abuses Persist

President Paul Kagame’s Vision 2020 roadmap for Rwanda has led to remarkable progress with respect to women’s equal place in society. But these great strides in gender equality occur alongside Kagame’s human rights abuses. 

Diane Rwigara is held and escorted by two police officers in Rwanda.

June 4, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
NGO Verdict in Cairo, Failure in Washington

Here is what happened in Cairo in the case of 43 NGO workers whose crime was to promote democracy in Egypt: An Egyptian court on Tuesday convicted 43 nonprofit workers, including at least 16 America…