Human Rights

Human Rights

Staying in Afghanistan: Unending occupation

August 2011

While the US focuses on consolidating its permanent military presence in Afghanistan, designed to guard and exploit Central Asian energy reserves, its earlier rational "to fight terrorism" is a faded memory. Afghanis, meanwhile, continue to lose their lives and humanitarian conditions worsen.

Libya: Too Soon to Declare Victory

August 2011

The success of Libya's uprising will have a great deal to do with the willingness of its leadership to break its dependency on the United States and NATO.

The Crisis of Humanitarian Intervention

August 2011

Events in Libya and Syria have again brought the legitimacy of armed humanitarian intervention and so-called “responsibility to protect” into question.

Mubarak behind bars: Human rights and justice

August 2011

Human rights standards may not be met in this trial, but the more essential purpose is to prove there's no going back to the days prior to the Tahrir revolution.

Obama offers token troop withdrawals in Afghanistan while maintaining "war on terror” mindset

June 2011

President Obama passed up an opportunity to end the war in Afghanistan and respect the views of the vast majority of the American people.

International community must support non‐military solutions in northern Myanmar

TNI
June 2011

Following new eruptions of violence in northern Myanmar, civil society organizations have issued a statement calling for urgent international engagement and dialogue to support non-military solutions. 

A Shameless Secretary General versus Freedom Flotilla 2

June 2011

A year after Israel's violent attack on the first aid flotilla, it has failed to keep its promise to end the blockade of Gaza, where the humanitarian crisis continues to worsen. The second flotilla planned this year will again try to ease conditions, amid the failure of political actors to bring any real change to the situation.

Can Democracy Activists Undo US and IMF Damage?

June 2011

Obama's speech on the Middle East and North Africa missed the point of the Arab uprising, and offered little sign of conciliation or support for the Palestinians.

Euro-Med Uprising: Analysis from the frontline

May 2011

Speakers from across the Middle East and Europe discuss the wave of social unrest across the wider region; what do these struggles have in common? What opportunities are there for building solidarity between movements across the Mediterranean?

Book review - Maoist and Other Armed Conflicts.

May 2011

The authors provide a remarkably comprehensive and lucidly written survey of the armed conflicts currently taking place within India.