Mary Tacher Executive Director, Human Rights, United Nations

International Day for Tolerance

Below is a piece written by our Executive Director Bill Holston, commemorating the International Day of Tolerance. Today is the International Day of Tolerance. In 1995, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding of UNESCO, the United Nations adopted a Declaration of Principles on Tolerance. The Declaration …

Africa, Government, Human Rights

Uganda to Pass Anti-Gay Bill

Uganda will pass its anti-gay bill by the end of 2012, according to an article from the Associated Press. The speaker of Uganda’s parliament says the legislation is what Ugandans want despite widespread international outrage of the bill. Currently, the Ugandan penal code criminalizes homosexuality, but this new bill was …

HRI News, Human Rights

Human Rights and the United States

Has the United States lost its moral authority for promoting human rights abroad by weakly instituting its policies and allowing exceptions when it suits our trade or strategic interests?   This article argues that it has, and that promoting our principles may force us, at times, to make sacrifices for the …