Russia’s commissioner for children’s rights, who has been accused by the International Criminal Court of the war crime of forcibly deporting Ukrainian children from areas of the country occupied by Russian forces, on Tuesday rejected that characterization of her actions as “a farce” and instead sought to portray her work as a humanitarian project. Since […]
Ms. Wydrzynska, who has been an abortion rights activist in Poland for the past 16 years, said in an interview last summer with The Times that she had always been careful to provide only instructions on buying and using abortion medications, and not to provide the pills themselves. But in February 2020, she said in […]
A Moscow court abolished one of Russia’s oldest rights groups. Russian prosecutors banned the work of a group of journalists in exile, labeling it an “undesirable organization.” And on Friday, President Vladimir V. Putin used the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day to restate false claims justifying the invasion of Ukraine, as his government used the […]
Iran was kicked out of the United Nations women’s agency on Wednesday in a U.S.-led vote that comes months into Tehran’s brutal crackdown on an uprising organized by women and young people demanding the end of the Islamic Republic’s rule. The resolution, backed by 29 members of the U.N. Economic and Social Council, was the […]
The Supreme Court is struggling to draw a line between two kinds of rights: those afforded to gay people and protections for free speech. Yesterday, the justices heard a highly anticipated case about whether a Colorado website designer who opposes same-sex marriage should be compelled to serve gay couples. The designer, Lorie Smith, said she […]
LOD, Israel — The sectarian unrest between Arabs and Jews that swept across Israeli cities in May 2021 helped end Benjamin Netanyahu’s last term in office. Seventeen months later, fallout from that same unrest has helped put him back in power — at the head of one of the most right-wing coalitions Israel has ever […]
President Biden said that Washington “will be unabashed in promoting” a vision of a free world.
Maksym Butkevych made his name in Ukraine as a journalist and human rights activist, campaigning on behalf of refugees and internally displaced people and serving on the board of Ukraine’s chapter of Amnesty International. At the end of June, he was captured by Russian forces while fighting for Ukraine, and his hard-earned reputation became a […]