Human Rights

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.

Conviction in Crisis: The Image of God and Christian Global Responsibility
Conviction in Crisis: The Image of God and Christian Global Responsibility

This essay examines the perspectives of three eminent Christian leaders—Ambassador Charles Malik, Father Richard John Neuhaus, and Reverend Dietrich Bonhoeffer. They were shaped by different theological traditions (Greek Orthodox, Catholic, and Lutheran, respectively), but each wrestled with the political, cultural, and moral crises of their times according to their Christian convictions.

Meager Words and Memories: Remembering the Holocaust - International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Meager Words and Memories: Remembering the Holocaust

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27. It’s an important and necessary day, given our tendency—as Americans and humans—to convince ourselves that history begins around our date of birth, to forget and move on, to think in terms of news cycles and tweets.

A Study in Totalitarianism: Book Review of Anne Applebaum’s Red Famine
A Study in Totalitarianism: Review of Applebaum’s Red Famine

Applebaum’s analysis of the Holodomor in Red Famine presents not so much a scientific study in human starvation as a political study of the horrifying possibilities of totalitarianism.

Turkey jails activist couple of Armenian origin for social media posts Cemil Aksu - Nurcan Vayiç Aksu
Turkey jails activist couple of Armenian origin for social media posts

The international human rights community should protest the arbitrary imprisonment of the Aksu couple rigorously since they are descendants of a people who have been historically persecuted, violated, and subject to genocide.

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