Human Rights Articles

The tanker “Foscari” arrives in port carrying 562 immigrants, Naples, Italy, May 6, 2015 (Photo by Alessio Paduano/NurPhoto, Sipa via AP Images).

Not the Usual Suspects: No Easy Answers for EU Migrant Crisis

By Ellen Laipson
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As the EU struggles to cope with maritime humanitarian disasters and influxes of new migrants, many have demonized those who argue that there are limits to what Europe can offer these migrants. But a more textured analysis of the chain of responsibility for this terrible human drama is needed. more


Global Insider

Though Still Repressive, Cuba Slowly Improving Human Rights Record

By The Editors
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Last week, officials from the United States and Cuba held their first formal talks on human rights since both sides announced they were working to restore diplomatic ties last December. In an interview, Ted Piccone, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, discussed the human rights situation in Cuba. more

Special Report

Chavismo After Chavez: Venezuela in the Maduro Era

By The Editors
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Two years after the death of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela finds itself mired in crisis. A drop in energy prices has devastated an already weak economy, while a crackdown on civil society has stifled the political opposition. This report draws on articles covering Venezuela from the outset of President Nicolas Maduro’s tenure. more

Global Insider

Labor, Human Rights Concerns Make Satellite Campuses a Risky Choice

By The Editors
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A professor from New York University was recently barred from entering the United Arab Emirates, where the school has a new campus, after he criticized the country’s labor practices. In an interview, Stephen Wilkins of Plymouth University discussed the challenges facing Western satellite campuses. more

World Citizen

In United Arab Emirates, Sharjah’s Sheikh Talks Democracy

By Frida Ghitis
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Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad al-Qasimi, the ruler of the emirate of Sharjah and a member of the Supreme Council that governs the United Arab Emirates, does not shy away from the term “democracy.” Whether he can actually carve a path toward a more inclusive form of government remains to be seen. more

Country Report

Moment of Truth: Sri Lanka’s Chance for Reconciliation

By Charu Lata Hogg
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Editor’s note: It came to our attention after this report was published that it contained several passages closely resembling or directly duplicating previously published work by other authors, as well as previously published work by the author. After initially amending the report to include the missing attributions, we subsequently decided to remove the article. WPR regrets the error, and we apologize to the authors concerned and our readers.
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