On the Newly Elected Members of the Security Council

On the Newly Elected Members of the Security Council

...candidates for membership on the Security Council should be contributors to the maintenance of international peace and security and support the other purposes of the UN, including promoting universal respect for human rights. Regional groups have a responsibility to put forward candidates that satisfy these criteria and fully support the principles of the UN Charter. This year, Venezuela ran unopposed for the 2015-2016 Latin American seat.

Venezuela’s conduct at the UN has run counter to the spirit of the UN Charter and its violations of human rights at home are at odds...

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ISIL’s Dehumanization of Women and Girls

ISIL’s Dehumanization of Women and Girls

Just days after we saw the best of humanity when Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, we again confront the worst of inhumanity in ISIL....

ISIL now proudly takes credit for the abduction, enslavement, rape, forced marriage, and sale of several thousand Yezidi and other minority women and girls—some as young as 12 years old. Just as despicably, ISIL rationalizes its abhorrent treatment of these women and girls by claiming it is somehow sanctioned by religion. Wrong. Dead wrong.

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U.S. Remarks at the 69th General Assembly, Sixth Committee Session on the Rule of Law

U.S. Remarks at the 69th General Assembly, Sixth Committee Session on the Rule of Law

Civil legal aid can thus help mitigate the terrible consequences of domestic violence. In fact, as Vice President Biden has remarked, “[r]esearch tells us that effective legal representation is the single most important factor in whether victims are able to escape this domestic violence cycle...we believe for these reasons that it is critical to highlight the value of civil legal aid in access to justice.

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Celebrating the International Day of the Girl: Why Adolescent Girls are a Smart Investment

Celebrating the International Day of the Girl: Why Adolescent Girls are a Smart Investment

But despite the vast potential they represent, adolescent girls confront a unique set of vulnerabilities, including the increased threat of violence, in their communities, at their schools, or in their homes. UN Women estimates that 150 million girls worldwide experience sexual violence each year, and nearly half of all sexual assaults are committed against girls younger than 16 years of age.

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‘The Most Important Title is Citizen’

‘The Most Important Title is Citizen’

Raif Mokretar-Karroubi from Algeria observed, “I knew I was coming on a State Department program, but I was surprised to discover that IVLP is a partnership with NGOs and civil society. It shows the team spirit among government and NGOs; they are part of the same team.”

Returning home, the participants now have a deeper understanding of how citizens, ordinary men and women determined to forge their own futures, are the true agents of change and progress.

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