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.
Joe Biden speaks with U.S. voters at an Iowa elementary school in January (AN/Phil Roeder)
November 7, 2020
(AN) — Elected 46th president of the United States on Saturday, Democrat Joe Biden wasted no time signaling a rapid series of policy reversals to come starting with renewed multilateral efforts to combat the pandemic and global warming.
For the first time in a U.S. election, New Jersey Army National Guard members help at polls due to the pandemic (AN/Mark Olsen)
October 22, 2020
(AN) — Election observers from the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization reported widespread concerns on Thursday about U.S. President Donald Trump’s efforts to undercut voters’ confidence in the November 3 U.S. elections.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet addresses the Human Rights Council in Geneva (AN/OHCHR)
September 14, 2020
(AN) — U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet denounced violence against protesters in Belarus and systemic racism in the United States on Monday, also singling out Afghanistan, the Americas, Iran, Lebanon, Palestine and the Philippines as hotspots for abuses compounded by the coronavirus pandemic.
Muslim students on a field trip in Uganda (AN/John Heilprin)
July 29, 2020
(AN) — Government officials inflicted almost half of all the violence suffered by people risking grave dangers to transit through North Africa for a chance at news lives in Europe, the U.N. refugee agency and Danish Refugee Council reported on Wednesday.
U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet addresses the opening of the Human Rights Council in Geneva (AN/OHCHR)
June 30, 2020
(AN) — The challenge of preventing abuses worldwide is rising sharply as racism, discrimination and social inequalities accelerate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.N. human rights chief said on Tuesday.
A Minneapolis police officer watching a crowd of protesters in late May (AN/Chad Davis)
June 29, 2020
(AN) — Crackdowns on protesters and journalists landed the United States on an updated watchlist of nations where a global alliance on Monday said it had “serious concerns regarding the exercise of civic freedoms.”
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a State Department press briefing in March (AN/Ronny Przysucha)
June 20, 2020
(AN) — The top American diplomat on Saturday rebuked the U.N. Human Rights Council as “a haven for dictators and the democracies that indulge them” a day after it commissioned a report on racism and police brutality.
Youth-led U.S. demonstrators at Baltimore, Md., raise hands for racial justice in George Floyd's killing (AN/Elvert Barnes)
June 19, 2020
(AN) — The U.N. Human Rights Council approved a resolution on Friday calling for a report on systemic racism and police brutality against Black people in the wake of protests over George Floyd’s killing by police.
U.S. protests in Miami over the killing of George Floyd (AN/Mike Shaheen)
June 17, 2020
(AN) —The world’s top human rights body heard pleas on Wednesday to authorize two separate U.N.-mandated Commissions of Inquiry into racism and police violence against protesters in the United States and worldwide.