Human Rights Articles

The Philadelphia Inquisition

Its two weapons are fear and surprise .  .  . and ­ruthless inefficiency.
May 06, 2013


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Podcast: Hemingway on the 'Thought Police'—America's Human Rights Commissions

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:45 PM, Jan 28, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Mark Hemingway, hosted by Michael Graham: 

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Iranian Regime Exerts Pressure on Green Movement

Advance work before the election.
5:45 PM, Jan 09, 2013

As the June 2013 presidential election in Iran draws near, it appears there is an effort underway to rekindle a national debate about the regime’s legitimacy.

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Free 'Pussy Riot' Protest in Washington

3:18 PM, Aug 17, 2012

A group of protestors gathered this afternoon outside the Russian ambassador’s Washington residence to protest the jailing of the three Russian punk rock musicians from the group Pussy Riot. The musicians—Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29—were sentenced to two years in prison today for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred,” the BBC reported.

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Saudi Women: A Force to Be Reckoned With

2:59 PM, Aug 01, 2012

For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, Saudi women are being allowed by their ultra-conservative government to compete. As the Saudi athletes marched in the opening ceremonies in London, the women’s faces and open arms showed a joyful sense of emancipation from the yoke of political, religious, and traditional marginalization. By the standards of free and advanced societies, the advance is small, but by Saudi standards, it is a gigantic step forward, with far-reaching implications for Saudi Arabia and the international community.

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Efforts Fail to Advance Human Rights With China—Again

11:16 AM, Jul 26, 2012

Low expectations for the 17th round of the U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue, conducted on July 23 and 24 in Washington, were borne out by Assistant Secretary Michael Posner’s briefing yesterday.

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Another Massacre in Syria, Hundreds Reportedly Dead

10:57 AM, Jul 13, 2012

The Syrian regime has reportedly perpetrated another episode of sectarian cleansing. Yesterday, the army and paramilitary gangs loyal to president Bashar al-Assad killed more than 200 people in the Sunni village of Tremseh, in Hama province.

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Syria Is Running for a Spot on U.N. Human Rights Council

10:38 AM, Jul 05, 2012

Syria is running for a spot on the United Nations Human Rights Council. The Syrian regime, for over the past year, has ruthlessly engaged in suppressing protesters by murdering and detaining thousands of opposition figures, and now hopes the international body will be more accepting.

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Report Details Horrors in Syria

12:01 PM, Jul 03, 2012

Human Rights Watch has just released an 81-page report detailing the Syrian regime’s systematic use of torture against opposition figures.

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards Cracks Down on Christians

8:50 AM, Jun 13, 2012

As the U.S. and its allies prepare to return to the negotiating table with Iranian representatives, hoping to reach a deal on their nuclear ambitions, the Islamic Republic has significantly ratcheted up its efforts to repress religious minorities in the country.

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Listen to the Children of Kafranbel

12:39 PM, Jun 11, 2012

While the Obama administration and its allies at the New York Times are waiting for Russia to intervene and get Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to step down, the children of Kafranbel show a clearer sense of strategic reality:

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The U.N. Excuse

10:28 AM, Jun 01, 2012

From the Washington Post: "Asked Thursday whether he could envision a situation in which the United States would take military action in Syria without U.N. authorization, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said, 'No, I cannot envision that because, look, as secretary of defense, my greatest responsibility is to make sure when we deploy our men and women in uniform and put them at risk, we not only know what the mission is, but we have the kind of support we need to accomplish that mission.'"

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Saudi Woman Blasts Religious Police for Harassment Over Nail Polish

7:56 AM, May 29, 2012

In this video, obtained by the Middle East Media Research Institute, a Saudi women blasts religious police for harassing her in a public mall for wearing nail polish:

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George W. Bush Returns to Washington to Celebrate Freedom

11:10 AM, May 15, 2012

President George W. Bush was back in Washington today, to mark the opening at his Bush Institute in Dallas of the “Freedom Collection.”

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Chen Guangcheng Ignored by Hillary Clinton

7:05 AM, May 03, 2012

Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese dissident who briefly took refuge in the U.S. embassy, recently expressed his hope that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would rescue him. "My fervent hope is that it would be possible for me and my family to leave for the U.S. on Hillary Clinton’s plane," Chen told the Daily Beast.

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A Family, a Coffin, and Communist China

12:05 PM, May 02, 2012

Of the books I have read about China, The Corpse Walker, which I reviewed for THE WEEKLY STANDARD, is one of my favorites. Written by Liao Yiwu, The Corpse Walker contains stories about the strange mix of people Liao met while traveling around China and serving time in jail for writing and recording a poem commemorating the victims of the Tiananmen massacre.

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America’s Syria Policy Emboldens Assad—and Iran

11:03 AM, May 01, 2012

Bashar al-Assad’s security forces have brazenly slaughtered more than 10,000 Syrian civilians, and injured or detained tens of thousands more, since the anti-regime protests began in March 2011.

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Special Report Panel on China

9:07 AM, May 01, 2012

Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News: 

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The Real War on Women

4:05 PM, Apr 26, 2012

An essay in the latest issue of Foreign Policy by Egyptian-born activist and journalist Mona Eltahawy, “Why Do They Hate Us? The real war on women is in the Middle East,” couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time.

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Tibetan Envoy Pushes for Change

4:02 PM, Apr 24, 2012

The Chinese Communist party’s preoccupation with its leadership transition, expected to be made final next fall when Xi Jinping becomes general secretary, should not dissuade the U.S. from making a “strong intervention at the highest level” regarding Tibet, according to Lodi Gyari, who spoke yesterday at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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The Whole World Is Watching

Obama’s Atrocities Prevention Board institutionalizes indifference to mass murder.
11:55 AM, Apr 24, 2012

Yesterday, the White House’s Atrocities Prevention Board held its first meeting. Chaired by NSC staffer Samantha Power, author of A Problem from Hell: America in the Age of Genocide, the board will “coordinate action across the entire government on stopping genocide and liaise with the NGO community.”

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Assad's Violence Continues

2:34 PM, Apr 15, 2012

Here's video from Homs, documenting yet more violations of the Kofi Annan-brokered Syrian ceasefire that the Obama administration is celebrating:

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‘Look World’

The White House says the ceasefire in Syria is "fragile"—but there is no ceasefire at all.
10:33 AM, Apr 14, 2012

Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan sought a ceasefire in Syria between forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and the opposition. The Obama administration insists that the ceasefire is holding. "What we saw in the last day or so was a very fragile truce emerge, a very fragile first step," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said yesterday in a press briefing.

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Will Obama Defend Freedom in the Americas?

10:34 AM, Apr 05, 2012

In April 2009, four months after taking office, President Obama wooed Latin American leaders and liberal elites at the Summit of the Americas by apologizing for decades of U.S. foreign policy and promising a new era of cooperation. Obama said:

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Arm the Free Syrian Army Now

9:15 AM, Mar 08, 2012

During the decades of international sanctions against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, successive U.S. administrations yearned for regime change.

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‘A Betrayal of Who We Are’

10:29 AM, Feb 25, 2012

On March 28, 2011, Barack Obama defended his decision to intervene days earlier with military force in Libya, arguing that for the United States to stand by without responding would have been “a betrayal of who we are.”

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Hugo Chávez Seeks Seat on U.N. Human Rights Council

9:46 AM, Feb 22, 2012

Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chávez is seeking a seat on the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, the group U.N. Watch reports. The independent watchdog group also says that Pakistan is additionally “slated to run unopposed for seats on the UN’s 47-nation Human Rights Council this year.”

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Biden Checks a Box

10:16 AM, Feb 10, 2012

Ron Paul’s Bad Record on China

11:52 AM, Jan 19, 2012

In a recent presidential debate, Congressman Ron Paul made a bizarre equivalence between a Chinese dissident taking refuge in America and Osama bin Laden hiding in Pakistan, as he was attempting to criticize American foreign and defense policies generally.

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'China Is the Largest Hypocrisy in the World'

4:44 PM, Jan 11, 2012

“China is the largest hypocrisy in the world,” Richard Gere told an interviewer from Indian television station NDTV yesterday, while attending a major Buddhist teaching by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Bodh Gaya.

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