Read and listen to interview excerpts from WNYC's Brooke Gladstone and Nicholas Kristof.
Medical student Leana Wen reflects on the meeting with General Laurent Nkunda, a guerrilla leader in the eastern Congo. This post was originally published on June 21, 2007 in the New York Times blog Two for the Road: In Africa with Nick Kristof.
High school teacher Will Okun describes the difficulties and violence many encounter living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This post was originally published in the New York Times blog Two for the Road: In Africa with Nick Kristof.
Reporter Jeffrey Gettleman details the battles between local militias and villagers in the Eastern Congo.
On July 17, 1998, the Rome Statute, the founding document of the International Criminal Court, was overwhelmingly approved by the countries attending the Rome Conference. one hundred twenty voted in favor of the document. While representatives from the United States made many important contributions to the Rome Statute, the United States was ultimately one of only seven nations who voted against it.* President Bill Clinton signed the treaty in the last days of his presidency in 2000. However, it was never submitted to the Senate for ratification. The fact that the United States is not a member of the ICC has sparked strong opinions on both sides of the issue. In this reading you will find two documents that exemplify the debate around the United States decision not to join the ICC.
Statements from representatives at the Evian Conference in July 1938, discussing the Jewish-refugee situation in Europe.
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Draft of telegram from Martha Sharp to Boston Unitarian leadership with update on children's rescue, September 5, 1940
World War II brought a new awareness of human rights around the world. After the horrors of the Holocaust came to full light, few people could deny the dangers of racism. The anti-colonial movement was growing stronger around the world, and with the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 by the newly formed United Nations, many turned their attention to the rights of colonized people globally. In Africa, Asia, and the Americas, liberation movements helped bring the plight of millions under European colonialism to public attention.
In the 1990s, residential schools scholars such as James R. Miller and many indigenous leaders began to argue that the efforts of the Canadian government to assimilate the Indigenous Peoples in the residential schools embodied the principle of cultural genocide: assimilation was intended to destroy the Indigenous Peoples as culturally distinct group.