Category Archives: human rights

Fighting for Darfur by Rebecca Hamilton

The new book Fighting for Darfur: Public Action and the Struggle to Stop Genocide is a wonderfully clear, thoughtful history of the Darfur advocacy movement and its effect on policy.  Rebecca Hamilton stopped by The World‘s studios last Friday and spoke with Marco Werman. The shorter radio interview is here, and the longer version that ran on the history podcast is here.


The Trouble with the Congo

I interviewed political scientist (and former aid worker)  Severine Autesserre about her new book The Trouble with the Congo for How We Got Here #53. She’s done some really interesting work on violence in Congo and the failures of peacebuilding there.

War over in Darfur?

I hosted PRI’s The World again on Friday August 28th. It gave me the opportunity to interview human rights lawyer Rebecca Hamilton about her recent month-long research trip to Sudan, which included a trip to Darfur. She’s immersed in a really interesting book project on the Darfur advocacy movement and was able to win rare access to a wide range of actors inside Sudan. Here’s the link to the audio of our interview:


The U.N. focuses on rape as a weapon of war

The UN Security Council held a debate on women and peace and security today at which UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon called for an independent commission of inquiry into the use of rape as a weapon of war in Chad, the DRC and Sudan. Just over a year ago the UN Security Council passed a resolution enshrining rape as a weapon of war as a threat to peace and security–the idea was to take the issue more seriously given the epidemic rates of sexual violence in conflict zones around the world. The resolution, 1820, mandated the UNSG to write a report laying out proposals for action to help prevent sexual violence and punish perpetrators. That report is now out and it includes the proposal for a commission of inquiry that would investigate crimes of sexual violence, identify those responsible and report back on what’s being done to ensure accountability. The report also raises the possibility of a new high level position on sexual violence at the U.N., an idea U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice endorsed in her remarks today.

UN human rights chief on U.S. detention policies

Navi Pillay: “People who order or inflict torture cannot be exonerated…”

Here’s the WPost piece by Colum Lynch.

How We Got Here #9


It’s Friday, time to post another podcast. This week’s is perfect for the history-behind-the-headlines theme–The World’s Clark Boyd takes us to Guatemala and the unfolding story of the archives of the former National Police there. They were discovered in 2005 and Clark did a story last year about the massive project underway to clean up, preserve ,and scan the documents so they could be used by prosecutors, human rights activists, journalists, historians, and  posterity. Now he’s updated the story with news of the first arrest in connection with evidence from the archives.  It’s great stuff–the story itself and the radio journalism unpacking it. Clark also did a TV piece for the PBS show Frontline/World.   

You can find How We Got Here on iTunes,  via RSS feed, or right here, neat.

And here’s the Facebook page.

And some links to the Guatemala info:

The National Security Archive

Guatemalan National Police Archive Project

Alison Des Forges

Alison Des Forges was killed in the plane crash in Buffalo last night. She wrote the Human Rights Watch account of the Rwandan genocide Leave None to Tell the Story. She was a go-to source for journalists and a relentless critic of the current Rwandan government under Paul Kagame.  Here’s the Human Rights Watch press release and the NYT obit. Marco Werman interviews Kenneth Roth of HRW for The World. The coverage begins with President Obama paying tribute to another victim of the crash, Beverly Eckert.  Listen here: