A 2019 SADC conference for self-determination in Western Sahara co-hosted by South Africa and Namibia (AN/S.A.)
January 11, 2021
(AN) — Pro-independence leaders in Western Sahara want U.S. President-elect Joe’s Biden incoming administration to resolve an apparent contradiction: shifting U.S. foreign policy runs counter to U.N.-led peace efforts in the disputed region.
The U.S. Capitol in Washington (AN/John Heilprin)
January 7, 2021
(AN) — International organizations and leaders reacted with shock and sadness at the state of American democracy after pro-Trump insurrectionists violently stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and delayed Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.
European Council President Charles Michel at an E.U.-China leaders' video meeting (AN/E.U.)
December 30, 2020
(AN) — The European Union on Wednesday moved to clinch a major business investment deal with China that has been seven years in the making, despite concerns from the United States and human rights organizations.
A Milwaukee protester against U.S. detention of migrant children in 2019 (AN/Charles Edward Miller)
November 13, 2020
(AN) — With U.S. elections just barely decided, the United Nations Human Rights Council finished putting America’s human rights record under a microscope on Friday in a peer-review process applied to all member nations every four years.
IRMCT's headshot of Rwandan fugitive Félicien Kabuga arrested in the 1994 genocide (AN/IRMCT)
October 26, 2020
(AN) — French authorities made it possible for a high-profile genocide trial to proceed by transferring a long-sought fugitive in the 1994 Rwanda genocide to the custody of a United Nations criminal court on Monday.
Cacao fruits growing on a tree in Ivory Coast, the world's largest cocoa producer (AN/SOCODEVI)
October 19, 2020
(AN) — Almost two decades ago, the $100 billion chocolate industry promised the International Labor Organization it would eliminate child slavery on West African cocoa plantations. A new report on Monday finds that pledge not only remains unfulfilled — things have gotten worse.
The U.N. Human Rights Council chamber, in Geneva, with its dome painted by Spanish artist Miquel Barceló (AN/Eric Bridiers)
October 13, 2020
(AN) — Despite stinging criticism from the U.S. government and human rights campaigners, China, Cuba and Russia were among 15 nations that won seats on the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday.
A U.S. protestor speaks with a line of police officers during the George Floyd protests in Seattle, Wash. in late May (AN/Derek Simeone)
October 2, 2020
(AN) — Democracy and human rights deteriorated in 40 percent of the world’s nations from rising authoritarianism and inequalities in health systems during the coronavirus pandemic, Freedom House reported on Friday.
International Women's Day March in Los Angeles in March 2017 (AN/Molly Adams)
October 1, 2020
(AN) — Leaders at a high-level United Nations meeting on Thursday lamented the world’s slow progress over the past quarter-century since adopting a landmark agreement in Beijing for advancing the rights of women and girls.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosts U.S. President Donald Trump on a visit in February (AN/Shea Craighead)
September 29, 2020
(AN) — Amnesty International announced on Tuesday it must halt its human rights advocacy work in India because Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government froze the international organization’s bank accounts.