Human rights abuses

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar urges Senate to take up a bill renewing the Violence Against Women Act at a news conference outside the US Capitol in Washington, on May 22, 2019. 

Activists argue the US doesn’t do enough to protect domestic workers. Can an international hearing change that?

After 14 years of efforts, activists are calling the US out on an international stage for failing to protect domestic workers.

A woman with a black and white striped shirt sits outside with younger children surrounding her.

Czech Republic may offer justice, compensation to thousands of sterilized Roma women 

Human rights
Workers move a sign at the Olympic Village for the 2022 Winter Olympics in the Chongli district of Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, China, Oct. 29, 2020.

Human rights groups weigh boycott of 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

Global Politics
A man reacts with his hand raised amid a large crowd protesting restrictions due to COVID-19.

Roma persecution intensifies during the coronavirus pandemic in Europe

A black and white photo of a Japanese family (woman, man, child) sitting in a kitchen setting.

The long-lasting scars of Japanese American internment

Critical State
Journalist Anabel Hernandez poses for a photo on a red background.

Book names those allegedly responsible for disappearance of 43 students in Mexico

Mexican journalist Anabel Hernandez has spent years investigating the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico. Hernandez believes the Army — who was helping the local drug lord — thought the students had seen too much.

Women at the Corniche in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

How rising numbers of Gulf women are escaping abuse to seek asylum

A Troubled Kingdom

Women from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries are increasingly risking their lives to flee. Some plan their escapes for years, and even with so much planning, there are times when things go wrong.

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This Holocaust survivor convinced a Dutch rail firm to make reparations

During World War II, hundreds of thousands of Jews in the Netherlands paid for their train, operated by the Dutch state-run company NS, that later deported to them death camps. The parents of Holocaust survivor Salo Muller were on one of those trains.

Shadowy figures walk down a dark street.

Dozens of Indigenous women forcibly sterilized file a class-action lawsuit against the Canadian government


Sterilization is a form of torture according to the United Nations. “This class action is there to stop it [forced sterilization], punish it and prosecute it,” said lawyer Alisa Lombard who filed suit last year.

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US deports accused former Nazi guard to Germany

The White House said Jakiw Palij served as a guard at the Trawniki Labor Camp, where about 6,000 Jewish men, women and children were shot dead on Nov. 3, 1943, in one of the single largest massacres of the Holocaust.