Iran’s Top Five Human Rights Abuses

Iranian Foreign Minister: 'We expect and demand respect for our dignity'
AP

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appeared in a video Tuesday claiming that Iran has the right to enrich uranium and that there is a path forward in negotiations over its nuclear program.

West Criticizes, China Defends Human Rights Record at U.N.

Xi Jinping / AP

GENEVA/BEIJING (Reuters) – Western countries accused China on Tuesday of arresting activists, curbing Internet use and suppressing ethnic minorities, as the United Nations formally reviewed its rights record for the first time since Xi Jinping became president.

Tweeting Hate

Controversial proponent of terrorism handed human rights award
Mona Seif, Ibrahim El-Houdaiby / WC, Facebook

Several Washington-based human rights groups are facing criticism for awarding two radical Egyptian Islamists who have endorsed terrorism and expressed hostility toward Israel.

Freedom Flagging in South America

Human rights advocates condemn Ecuadorian president’s assault on free speech
Ecuador's President Rafael Correa / AP

Human rights and press freedom advocates are sounding the alarm on an effort by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa to undermine an international watchdog charged with ensuring freedom of the press.

Khmer Crackdown

Cambodian government cracks down on dissent prior to summit between Obama and Hun Sen on Monday
Obama, Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen / AP

The government of former Khmer Rouge commander Hun Sen carried out a major political crackdown in Cambodia in the months leading up to this week’s East Asia Summit as President Barack Obama met with the leader in Phnom Penh.

Burma Blunder

Human rights groups criticize Obama over Burma visit
Burmese President Thein Sein / AP

Burmese dissidents and human rights observers say President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Burma will confer undue legitimacy on a non-democratic government that continues to restrict freedoms and engage in ethnic cleansing.

U.S. Rejoins U.N. Human Rights Council

United States rejoins human rights organization despite U.N. group's anti-Israel stance
AP

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Monday that the United States is “pleased” to have been reelected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), a controversial body that has been repeatedly chastised for its anti-Israel bias.