Defenders of Human Rights Are Making a Comeback

With larger powers in retreat, small countries and civil society groups have stepped up — and they have won some significant victories

Foreign Policy
Jan 18, 2019 · 9 min read
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A participant holds a banner with photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in front of the presidential palace during a demonstration on Dec. 21, 2018. Photo: Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images

By Kenneth Roth

In some ways these are dark times for human rights. Yet while the autocrats capture the headlines, the defenders of…

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