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Human rights news and analysis from The Nation
November 29, 2022
Torture in the Heart of Venezuela
A UN report concludes that the Venezuelan intelligence agency abuses and torments detainees, including human rights defenders, miners, women, children, and Indigenous people.
Mie Hoejris Dahl
November 21, 2022
Why My Organization Has Chosen to Defy Israeli Military Orders
Al-Haq was among seven civil society groups raided by Israel and ordered closed in August, but we do not believe in following illegal orders—and so we will remain open.
November 3, 2022
Debt and Inequality Will Be Key Issues at the UN’s Next Climate Conference
At COP27, activists will be focused on all the ways developed nations have made it harder for developing nations to survive the climate crisis.
October 27, 2022
For Iranian Women, the Uprising Was a Long Time Coming
The protests are about choice—elective rather than mandatory hijab—not unlike the demands of abortion rights supporters in the United States.
October 12, 2022
The Radical Polymath Who Fought for Freedom
Chandler Davis was a mathematician, editor, poet, composer, science-fiction writer, and lifelong activist.
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September 28, 2022
We Like the Idea of Asylum Seekers, but Not the Real Thing
The 12-foot-tall puppet of a Syrian refugee has been welcomed in New York and around the world. Real refugees? Not so much.
August 15, 2022
The Long Shadow of the Fatwa
We don’t know the motives behind the attack on Rushdie yet, but it is just one more threat to his life in a series of them.
August 5, 2022
The Economic Cost of “Dobbs”
More people who need an abortion will now be unable to obtain one, which will plunge many of them into financial turmoil and curtail their ability to pursue their dreams.
August 3, 2022
Public Pension Funds—the Next Battleground for Human Rights
As the fight in Oregon to divest from the Israeli manufacturer of Pegasus spyware shows, pension funds can use tools like proxy votes and responsible contractor policies to hold private equity firms accountable.
July 26, 2022
“Roe” Is the Past, Human Rights Are the Future
Roe v. Wade
didn’t guarantee unfettered abortion access in the United States. It’s past time human rights were placed at the center of our demands.