United Nations Human Rights Council

A man holds a placard depicting Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sissi and reads he is a criminal as he stages a protest by the National Assembly in Paris, Dec. 8, 2020. 

Powerful countries break their silence on Egypt’s human rights abuses 

Human rights

It’s the first time the UN council has weighed in on the situation in Egypt in seven years. And, it represents a policy shift by the US, which was among 31 countries that brought a resolution forward.

A demonstrator displays a picture of the defaced image of the commander in chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, also chairman of the State Administrative Council to protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, Feb. 17, 2021. The UN expert on human

UN Human Rights Council starts work to address a ‘pandemic of human rights abuses’

Human rights
A Black American man wears glasses and a blue suit jacket and speaks via video with a blue background

International lawyers and activists organize independent inquiry into US police violence

Global Politics
Delegates, wearing masks, listen to speeches during the 45th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European UN headquarters in Geneva, Sept. 14, 2020.

At the UN review of US human rights, the Trump administration gets an earful

A white woman with medium length light brown hair holds a banner while in a protest march.

A US transgender activist is stuck in Sweden. The UN wants to investigate.

Indian women stand in a line for food.

At 70, is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights doing its job?

Conflict & Justice

Under the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone is entitled to a healthy, adequate standard of living. But from the start, there was a tension within US politics about whether America would submit to international justice.