by Lauren Green McAffee and Michael McAffee

It is in Christianity and, more specifically, in the Bible that we find the source of universal human rights. All humans are created in the image of God - this is the abolitionists’ argument for the dissolution of slavery.

by Human Rights Watch

North Korea in 2020 remained one of the most repressive countries in the world. The totalitarian government deepened repression and maintained fearful obedience using threats of execution, imprisonment, enforced disappearance, and forced labor.

by Loyiso Sidimba
March 6, 2021

Outgoing Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng defiantly told retired Gauteng Deputy Judge President Phineas Mojapelo that the Palestine-Israel dispute was peripheral and not inherently South African in his response to complaints against him.

by Joseph Klein
June 20, 2018

The United Nations' refusal to heed calls for reform led to the withdrawal of the US from the United Nations Human Rights Council.

by  Alex Newman
November 8, 2016

More than half of the regimes sitting on the United Nations Human Rights Council after last week's election have been categorized as unfree, sparking criticism and further ridicule of the global body ostensibly tasked with upholding the UN's vision of human rights.


The HALO Trust is the world’s largest humanitarian mine clearance organisation. We save lives and restore communities threatened by landmines and other weapons of war, such as cluster bombs, stockpiles of small arms and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Born out of a desire to help the people of Afghanistan in 1988, we now have over 6,000 staff in 19 countries and territories, working to get vulnerable communities back on their feet following conflict.

by Fox News
February 15, 2016

Russian warplanes are being blamed for carrying out what is being called a "deliberate attack" on two makeshift hospitals and a school in northern Syria Monday that killed nearly 50 people, according to the United Nations. "The destruction of the hospital leavesthe local population of around 40,000 people without access to medical services in an active zone of conflict."

by ZME Science

It saddens me to say this, but most of the time, the “civilized world” just prefers to a blind eye towards what is happening in Africa – many atrocities have been taking place for decades, and most people just want to ignore them; right now, I’d like to shed some light on what it’s like to be an albino in Africa – especially in Tanzania.

by Dr Serge Solomons
April 16, 2015

Xenophobia has again risen its ugly head in South Africa. This time the epicentre of the carnage and destruction is Durban, Kwazulu Natal. Newspapers report that at least 6 people (including a 14 year old boy) have lost their lives in xenophobic clashes. Foreign owned shops and businesses have been looted and destroyed by a mob of people bent on attacking foreigners in their midst.

by Simon Tisdall

Obscured by the uproar over migrant trafficking in the Mediterranean, the dire plight of tens of thousands of refugees, This week’s callous move by Malaysian patrol ships to turn back two boats carrying about 600 people, many in critical physical condition, and similarly unconscionable, coordinated actions by Thailand and Indonesia may soon shift attention to one of the world’s other big migration crises.

by The Economist
April 25, 2015

South Africa’s poor are turning on those even more downtrodden. Thousands of fearful foreigners, many from Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, have sought refuge in makeshift camps. Others have returned home.

by Erik Manning
October 20, 2012

Recently I saw a skeptical friend of mine share a slogan very similar to this one. It makes a very powerful point, reducing to the absurd any notion of getting morality out of the pages of the Bible. On one hand the Bible seems to be condemning a loving relationship between two members of the same-sex, while at the same time endorsing such a reprehensible act as kidnapping Africans and shipping them overseas as pieces of property. Surely we’re beyond such an antiquated and silly book by now, right?

by Matt Lee ‘15, Elon University
August 13, 2013

One of the worst massacres in history: millions of people taken from their homes, tortured for information, forced to work, brutally killed and buried in mass graves. If you think I am talking about the Holocaust, you are mistaken. Thirty years after the Holocaust, another genocide occurred—only this time in the remote country of Cambodia.

by Free Korea

Those who have lived to tell us about Camp 22, located in the bleak northeastern tip of North Korea, can be counted on the fingers of one hand, and all of them are former guards or staff. Of all of North Korea’s numerous labor camps and detention facilities, large and small, Camp 22 is one of the largest, and almost certainly the most terrible, if only for the inhuman experiments witnesses say were done to the men, women, children, and even infants sent there.

by Human Rights Watch

Armed actors committed serious abuses including indiscriminate attacks against civilians including aid workers, unlawful killings, beatings, arbitrary detentions, torture, sexual violence, looting and destruction of property. Some of the abuses may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity.

by Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)

The following list offers only an abbreviated glimpse of the hellish lives Afghan women are forced to lead under the Taliban, and can not begin to reflect the depth of female deprivations and sufferings. Taliban treat women worse than they treat animals.


Today, most historians call this event a genocide–a premeditated and systematic campaign to exterminate an entire people. However, the Turkish government does not acknowledge the enormity or scope of these events. Despite pressure from Armenians and social justice advocates throughout the world, it is still illegal in Turkey to talk about what happened to Armenians during this era.

by Irwin Cotler
February 6, 2014

And so, together with them we must remember – and pledge – that never again will we be indifferent to incitement and hate; never again will we be silent in the face of evil; never again will we indulge racism and anti-Semitism; never again will we ignore the plight of the vulnerable; and never again will we be indifferent in the face of mass atrocity and impunity.

by Irwin Cotler
April 8, 2014

As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, where approximately one million Rwandans – mostly ethnic Tutsis – were murdered in less than 100 days – we must ask ourselves: What have we learned?

by Irwin Cotler
March 6, 2014

On Monday, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) began its first session since electing 14 new members last fall. Among them are Saudi Arabia, Cuba, China and Russia, all regimes that violate the human rights of their own populations as a matter of course.

by Physicians for Human Rights

While much of what happens behind the wires of Guantanamo Bay and other interrogation centres around the world remains shrouded in mystery, many of the techniques used by secret service interrogators have become increasingly public knowledge in recent decades. - National Geographic Channel

By BC News Africa
30 April 2014

More than 9,000 child soldiers have been fighting in South Sudan's brutal civil war, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has said.

Both the army and rebel forces had recruited the children, she said.

By Jennifer Rosenberg

Beginning on April 6, 1994, Hutus began slaughtering the Tutsis in the African country of Rwanda. As the brutal killings continued, the world stood idly by and just watched the slaughter. Lasting 100 days, the Rwanda genocide left approximately 800,000 Tutsis and Hutu sympathizers dead.

By Ansh Bahri - Daily Trojan
November 4, 2013

According to the Walk Free Foundation index, there are 29.6 million people in modern slavery globally.

by Doctors Without Borders - Medecins Sans Frontieres

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. Today, MSF provides independent, impartial assistance in more than 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need

By Beginning and End
June 26, 2012 

The aftermath of a Christmas Day car bomb attack at a church just outside of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.

Human Rights Watch

Kim Jong-Un’s succession as North Korea’s supreme leader after the death of his father, Kim Jong-Il, in December 2011 had little impact on the country’s dire human rights record.

by United Human Rights Council

The Ukrainian Famine was dreadful famine premeditated by the Soviet Union, headed by Joseph Stalin during 1932-1933, as a means to undermine the nationalistic pride of the Ukrainian people. It served to control and further oppress the Ukrainian people by denying them the basic vital essentials they needed to survive. The Ukrainian Famine is also known as Holodomor, meaning “death by hunger.”