National emergencies allow for the purest expressions of sovereign power, testing the government’s commitment to human rights. Some leaders are failing the coronavirus test, experts say.
In any national health disaster calling individuals to voluntarily restrict their movements and interactions, the conflict between public interest and personal autonomy is bound to become messy.
An absence of laws governing the digital space has allowed the government to tinker with internet accessibility as it sees fit.
History is full of examples of despots making use of emergency powers to manipulate citizens, which is why states must act responsibly in times of crisis.
South Korea's COVID-19 testing programme relies on what many would call privacy invasions.
There are many hurdles to a successful prosecution of individuals accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity. But trying to seek justice is not a futile exercise.
Television series Stateless examines our treatment of asylum seekers through 'people like us'. It also highlights how far conditions for people transferred to offshore detention have deteriorated.
The doctrine of equality is ingrained both in theory and in the express provisions of Lesotho's constitution.
Canadians with disabilities often have little to nothing left after paying for food, shelter and other living expenses. We need policies that target the root causes of their inequality.
As Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day is marked around the globe, a historian examines the little-known players in the long-running fight in the US Congress to pass a bill acknowledging the Genocide.
In urban Namibia, performance poetry provides a safe space for women to share their experiences and challenge traditional ideas.
To bring about genuine change, middle-power countries like Canada must adopt a leadership role in pursuing an ethical agenda to ensure the security and survival of humanity.
Is Canada ready to lead?
Australia has long been at the forefront of human rights internationally, while side-stepping questions about its own treatment of Indigenous peoples and refugees.
For the first time, the EU has withdrawn some trade preferences for a developing country on its Everything But Arms tariffs.
Governments must think very carefully before sacrificing the very human rights that give the state its identity and democracy.
The conflict between Iran and the US has gone on for decades. A scholar of social movements in Iran asks why the US has consistently failed to support that country's activist reform movements.
Refugee legislation introduced after the end of apartheid was lauded as being progressive. But implementation has fallen short of international standards.
The International Court of Justice ordered Myanmar to protect its Rohingya minority and preserve any evidence relevant to the genocide charges against it. But compliance is not guaranteed.
Research in Sicily finds that anti-immigration policies don't slow the flow of immigrants, but do hurt local residents in communities where migrants first arrive.
The precedent-setting ruling may cause jitters in dysfunctional municipalities around the country.