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Topic: International Human Rights

Security personnel stand guard on a street in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5th, 2019.

India's Clampdown on Kashmir Threatens Afghanistan Peace Negotiations

Pakistani officials warn Indian military action on the border may derail Taliban–U.S. negotiations in Doha, Qatar.

Members of the Venezuelan Indigenous group Warao take refuge at the Janokoida United Nations shelter on April 6th, 2019, in Pacaraima, Brazil.

How Much Longer Can Venezuela's Neighboring Countries Handle the Refugee Crisis?

The number of Venezuelan refugees will reach 5.4 million by the end of 2019, according to projections from the United Nations.

Locals gather near the site of a complex attack that killed at least 20 people and injured 50 more in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 28th, 2019. The target of the attack was the campaign headquarters of President Ashraf Ghani's vice presidential running mate, Amrullah Saleh.

Afghan Election Season Begins With a Deadly Attack and a U.N. Report That Civilian Casualties Are Down

As peace talks between the U.S. and Taliban proceed, the U.N. notes that more civilians have been killed by airstrikes than insurgent attacks this year.

Social workers gather outside the legislative council building to participate in an anti-government march in Hong Kong on July 21st, 2019, in Hong Kong.

As Unrest Escalates in Hong Kong, Pro-Democracy Demonstrators' List of Demands Lengthens

Here's what you need to know about the development of the conflict in Hong Kong and the protesters' motivations.

President Donald Trump takes part in the Third Annual Made in America Product Showcase on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, D.C., on July 15th, 2019.

Can Mexico Qualify as a Safe Third Country?

In 1994, attorney Susan Gzesh wrote in a report that Mexico was not a safe third country. Has anything changed?

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta holds a press conference at the U.S. Department of Labor on July 10th, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

The Secretary of Labor Wants to Cut Funding for an Agency That Combats Human Trafficking

Acosta, who is currently under scrutiny for his 2008 plea deal for Jeffrey Epstein, has proposed an 80 percent cut to the Bureau of International Labor Affairs' budget.

Aisha Yesufu, co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls movement, delivers a speech on April 14th, 2019, during the fifth annual commemoration of the abduction of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls by Boko Haram from a government secondary school in Nigeria.

The True Story of the Nigerian Schoolgirls Who Survived Boko Haram

Isha Sesay's new book gives a full and harrowing account of what happened to the 276 girls kidnapped by the jihadist group.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Can Economic Pressure Curb Jair Bolsonaro's Anti-Indigenous Agenda?

An impending trade deal with the E.U. has instigated further pushback from non-governmental organizations and local activists against any deal with the Brazilian government.

Locals line up to vote at a polling station in San Pedro Sacatepuez, Guatemala, on June 16th, during general elections. Corruption-weary Guatemalans were set to elect a new president Sunday after a tumultuous campaign that saw two leading candidates barred from taking part and the top electoral crimes prosecutor forced to flee the country, fearing for his life.

Guatemalans Vote in an Atmosphere of Distrust and Corruption (in Photos)

The national election in Guatemala likely marked the bitter end to what was once the most hopeful anti-corruption movement in the hemisphere.

Salvadorean migrants heading in a caravan to the U.S. cross the Suchiate River to Mexico, as seen from Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on November 2nd, 2018.

Why Cutting Off Aid to Central American Countries Won't Curb Migration to the U.S.

Slashing aid is counterproductive because foreign assistance can address the root causes of migration, such as violence and poverty, argues one expert.

Members of Sudan's Rapid Support Forces, led by General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (deputy head of Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council and commander of the paramilitaries, also known as Himediti), stand guard during the general's meeting with his supporters in Khartoum on June 18th, 2019. Sudanese protesters are seeking civilian rule as the Transitional Military Council retains power after the removal of Omar al-Bashir.

Viewfinder: Members of Sudan's Rapid Support Forces Stand Guard

Members of Sudan's Rapid Support Forces stand guard during General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo's meeting with his supporters in Khartoum on June 18th, 2019.

Protesters hold placards and shout slogans during a rally against the extradition law proposal on June 9, 2019, in Hong Kong.

What's Driving the Anti-Extradition Protests in Hong Kong?

The now-suspended legislation to allow China to extradite Hong Kong citizens to the mainland has revealed concerns over the growing creep of Chinese government influence.

People celebrate after Ecuador's highest court approved same-sex marriage in a landmark ruling, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on June 12th, 2019.

Does Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Decrease Homophobia?

Botswana decriminalized homosexuality, and Ecuador just legalized same-sex marriage. Here's how research suggests LGBTQ policy might impact antigay bias.

Then-nominee Donald Trump holds an LGBT rainbow flag at a campaign rally in Colorado in October of 2016.

For Trump, LGBT Rights Are Foreign Policy, Not a Domestic Concern

The president pledged to protect LGBT people, but instead has infringed on their rights domestically.

Four Umbrella Movement activists at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre, by Perry Dino; oil on canvas, April 24th, 2019.

Thirty Years After Tiananmen Square, Hong Kong Artist Perry Dino Is Chronicling His City's Struggle for Democracy

Perry Dino is capturing Hong Kong's demonstrations against the mainland in a series of unique and powerful paintings.

People hold candles as they take part in a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park on June 4th, 2019, in Hong Kong, China. As many as 180,000 people were expected to attend a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on Tuesday during the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Commemorations took place in cities around the world to remember those who died when Chinese troops cracked down on pro-democracy protesters. Thirty years ago, the People's Liberation Army opened fire on protesters in Beijing after hundreds of thousands of students and workers gathered in Tiananmen Square for weeks to call for greater political freedom. No one knows for sure how many people were killed, as China continues to censor any coverage or discussion of the event.

Viewfinder: Hong Kong Marks 30 Years Since the Tiananmen Square Massacre

People hold candles as they take part in a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park on June 4th, 2019, in Hong Kong, China.

Colombian President Ivan Duque.

Why Is Colombia's President Working Against a Landmark Peace Deal With the FARC Guerrillas?

Colombia's new president, Ivan Duque, wants to weaken the deal, which he sees as "too lenient" on the fighters who once terrorized the country.

Portraits depicting late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro on display during a May Day rally in Caracas, Venezuela, on May 1st, 2019.

As Venezuela Divided, So Did My Family

Separated by ideology, we carried on with our lives in starkly different places, each sticking to the truth we'd chosen to listen to, unable to see the other's reality.

Workers unload medicines and disposable medical supplies from a Chinese Yangtze River Express Airlines Boeing 747 cargo plane after landing at Simon Bolivar International Airport on May 16th, 2019, in Maiquetia, Venezuela.

Viewfinder: International Aid Arrives in Venezuela

Workers unload medicines and disposable medical supplies from a cargo plane after landing at Simon Bolivar International Airport on May 16th, 2019, in Maiquetia, Venezuela.

Heads of Argentina's armed forces are sworn in following the coup to overthrow President Maria Estela Peron.

Newly Declassified Documents Outline America's Bloody History in Argentina

U.S. government archives narrate the human rights abuses committed by Argentina's military junta, often with the assistance of the American government.

Protesters in Hong Kong march against the proposed extradition law, which would allow the territory to transfer crime suspects to mainland China for trial there, on April 28th, 2019.

Viewfinder: Protests in Hong Kong

Tens of thousands marched against the territory's proposed extradition law, which would allow the transfer of crime suspects to mainland China for trial.

A Honduran child and her mother, fleeing poverty and violence in their home country, wait along the border bridge after being denied entry from Mexico into the U.S.

What Detention Does to the Women Fleeing Violence in Central America

For many victims of domestic violence, being detained by customs or border enforcement agencies can re-open or exacerbate past traumas.

Nasib speaks with students and teachers at a youth organization in Kabul.

The Education of an Afghan American Who Ran for Parliament in Kabul

Attaullah Nasib came of age in the United States. When he ran for Afghan Parliament, he learned how difficult re-building a democracy can be.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega speaks to supporters.

Why Nicaragua's 'Tropical Spring' Failed to Unseat President Daniel Ortega

But for a few flare-ups of protest—all quickly and violently quashed—the movement to rid the country of its powerful ruler is all but over.