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"Assessing the 2012 UN Human Rights Council Elections” evaluates the 18 candidates running for seats on the UN Human Rights Council to determine if they meet the UN’s stated criteria that members must “uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights.”

Rights groups express concern in a joint statement to the U.S. government regarding weak requirements for U.S. investment in Burma.

Susan Corke delivered a statement on freedom of expression at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)'s Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM), Europe's largest annual human rights and democracy conference, which is organized every year by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).


We, the undersigned international and regional human rights organizations would like to convey our deepest concern to international donors regarding the increasing human rights violations in Cambodia.

Human rights groups call for the immediate release of land and housing rights activists in Cambodia, and condemn the Cambodian government's ongoing persecution of human rights defenders.

The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan (IPGA), coordinated by ARTICLE 19, is deeply concerned by the deteriorating freedom of expression situation in Azerbaijan.

In the following letter, we urge the United States delegation to the United Nations to oppose the Bahraini government’s nomination of Saeed Mohammed al-Faihani for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Advisory Committee. His position on the committee would undercut U.S. efforts to bolster the reputation and credibility of that body and undermine the independence of the Advisory Committee.

The Lukashenka regime’s decision to force Sweden to close its embassy in Belarus for its support of human rights and alleged contact with opposition groups is the most recent example of the outrageous behavior of the government in Minsk and underscores the need to adopt stronger measures against Europe’s last dictatorship. Freedom House and the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) urge other European countries to show solidarity with Sweden in its efforts to draw attention to human rights abuses in Belarus.

More than a dozen of the nation’s leading human rights organizations and experts released a policy paper on 10 human rights priorities for the next administration. This paper serves as a roadmap to navigate increasingly complex foreign policy issues and strengthen the United States’ position as a global leader in human rights.