Human Rights Articles

Russian police officers check the identity papers of migrant workers arriving at Red Square ahead of New Year’s Eve festivities, Moscow, Russia, Dec. 31, 2013 (AP photo by Ivan Sekretarev).

Migrant Workers in Russia Hit by Ruble Collapse, Xenophobia

By David Klion
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Russia is not the only country affected by the ruble’s collapse. Under President Vladimir Putin, it has been one of the world’s leading destinations for immigrants, many of whom send remittances home to Central Asia and the Caucasus. The projected cost to these economies in 2015 could be as high as $10 billion. more


FATA: The Never-Ending War on Pakistan’s Periphery

By Asad Hashim
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The recent attack on a school in Peshawar, and the Pakistani government’s response, sum up life in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)—a frontier region on the edge of Pakistan that has been overtaken by militants, the military and the struggle to survive in the tiny space between them. more

Special Report

Getting to Yes: Cuba’s Slow Path to Reform

By The Editors
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The announcement that the U.S. will normalize relations with Cuba came as a surprise, but Cuba’s opening has been years in the making. This report includes WPR’s coverage of the island nation going back to 2007, tracing the post-Fidel transition and Raul Castro’s slow but steady reforms. more

In Context

U.S. Reform Agenda in Myanmar on Shaky Ground

By Maria Savel
, , Trend Lines

Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Myanmar, where he will attend the East Asia Summit and the U.S.-ASEAN summit. The visit, two years after Obama’s first to the country, comes amid growing concerns over Rohingya minority rights and stalled constitutional reform. more

Justice Deferred: Rule of Law in Central America

By Michael Allison
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One of the primary historical causes of political violence in Central America has been the absence of democratic rule of law. Since the 1990s, reformists have mobilized to strengthen institutions in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. However, these efforts have been for the most part unsuccessful. more

Waiting for Disruption: The Western Sahara Stalemate

By Jacob Mundy
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The Western Sahara conflict is fast approaching its 40th anniversary with no end in sight. A web of geopolitical interests keeps the conflict in a permanent state of limbo. Therein lies the paradox: The peace process now exists to contain the conflict, but only a crisis will save Western Sahara. more