Human Rights

Should Human Rights Be on the Table in Korea Talks?
To Meet or Not to Meet? North Korean Interests, Ideals, and Summits

If Trump can somehow cajole or charm Kim into beginning a process that would allow the North Korean people to be treated like people, that would be a win for humanity.

Shock and Options: Lessons from the Malaysian Election
Shock and Options: Lessons from the Malaysian Election

Mahathir Mohamad and his party’s victory in the general election this month shows that Malaysians care about not only economic growth but also religious freedom.

US State Department Report Exposes Turkey’s Human Rights Abuses
US State Department Report Exposes Turkey’s Human Rights Abuses

Although Turkish human rights abuses may seem like a secondary concern for the US in light of Turkish threats against US partners in Syria and Turkey’s deepening relationship with Russia and Iran, these issues cannot be separated.

Britain Has a Flawed Response to Islamist Terrorism’s Threat
Britain Has a Flawed Response to Islamist Terrorism’s Threat

The UK’s very broad counter-extremism strategy is inadequate to address terrorism and violent extremism, Islamist or otherwise.

China Begins 2018 by Cracking Down on Religion
China Begins 2018 by Cracking Down on Religion

Three months into 2018, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is carrying out a campaign to tighten its grip on the…

Advice for Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback
Advice for the Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom

While the work of the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom is vital, the ambassador is most effective when he or she influences the department and US policy as a whole. The combination of ambassador-at-large and religion is thus a difficult one at State, so having someone as politically experienced as Brownback in the role is vital.

Paraguay’s Ejercito del Pueblo Paraguayo (Paraguayan People’s Army, or EPP) Insurgency Frees Mennonite Hostages: An Analysis
Paraguay’s EPP Insurgency Frees Mennonite Hostages: An Analysis

The conundrum that the Paraguayan government faces is choosing one of two evils. Either it lets the police handle the Ejercito del Pueblo Paraguayo (Paraguayan People’s Army, or EPP), which has not worked so far as evidenced by ongoing attacks and violence, or Asuncion deploys the armed forces, which could risk greater human rights abuses and repression.

“Universal Values” or Western Exceptionalism?
“Universal Values” or Western Exceptionalism?

President Trump’s purported remarks about “s—hole countries” have echoed off the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights—an echo being the usual response of a hollow institution.

The Distorted Image of God Imago Dei
The Distorted Image

Too often in our contemporary discussions about justice, Christians have turned to the idea of the “image of God” as the grounds for our social and political ethics.

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