The UN's new rights focus has the potential to overhaul the punitive nature of the war on drugs.
The revolution begun by Syrians exactly eight years ago has been won – by the murderous leader they rebelled against. But the struggle for freedom, dignity and justice Syrians launched is not over.
What's the best thing I can do to help the climate? How long is the planet going to last? These questions and more answered by a climate scientist.
The UN doesn't have the magic formula to end tensions in Burundi. It's up to the country's leadership.
Many of the men and women who left homes in the West to join ISIS or similar terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq as fighters or supporters now want to come home. Should they be allowed back?
South Sudan's road to peace has been bumpy but there's hope.
Having Egypt at the helm of the African Union might not bode well for human rights on the continent.
Despite the adoption of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of 1948, signatories have never made an effort to end mass killings.
The Versailles Conference set up the ill-fated League of Nations. We must not allow the United Nations to suffer the same fate.
China is influential, but would not have succeeded in changing the UN human rights system without quiet consent from countries who wished to trade with it, including Canada.
The UN Security Council's response to the most recent Ebola outbreak has been weak. But what options does it have?
The United Nations Declaration on sustainable development stresses "leaving no-one behind," but what about the factors that cause many to be behind in the first place?
The refugee and migration compacts are not perfect, but they offer the chance for countries to do better by people on the move, and should be joined.
The number of countries withdrawing seems to be growing by the day.
Human Rights Day might not be a reason for celebrations. But it's a useful reminder of what's been achieved over 70 years.
The awarding of the Nobel Prize for Peace to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad should strengthen efforts against the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.
For decades, international law did not allow one country to attack another that was using chemical weapons on its own people without UN approval. That’s changed, which means trouble for Syria.
The first President Bush had some impressive foreign policies wins, but could he be best remembered for getting the US entangled in Iraq?
Without an array of ecosystems and species, it's tough for farmers to grow crops or ranchers to raise animals.
There's increasing global recognition that violence against women and children often occur together in homes.