Category Archives: Commentaries and Interviews

China aspires to global leadership, undermines fundamental human rights

China Sees Space on the High Moral Ground By Aaron Rhodes Davos, 19.01.2017 (Providence) – With Europe faltering and a new United States president attacking globalization and international organizations, and vowing to focus on national interests, leaders and experts are … Continue reading

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Human Rights Day: Challenges and Opportunities of Our Time

The Freedom of Religion as a Human Rights Priority  Comment by Aaron Rhodes Vienna, 10.12.2016 (FOREF) – The following is based on a presentation by Dr. Aaron Rhodes at the Seminar, “Challenges and Opportunities of Our Time,” held in the … Continue reading

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A Contribution in Commemoration of the Annual International Day of Religious Freedom

Century of Genocides: End or Continuity?  By Ján Figeľ   Brussels, 27.10.2016 (FOREF) – The annual International Day of Religious Freedom on October 27 is a reminder that freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) is neither a self-evident reality, nor … Continue reading

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Internatinoal bureaucratization could be watering down the Idea of Human Rights

Does Multilateralism Benefit Human Rights? A Comment by Aaron Rhodes Vienna, 03.10.2016 (Providence) – It is virtually an article of faith that multilateral approaches are the morally superior way to address human rights problems. Unilateralism is a term of approbation … Continue reading

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Review of A Perilous Path: The Misguided Foreign Policy of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton & John Kerry – by Anne R. Pierce

Weak: Obama’s Human Rights Record A Review by Aaron Rhodes Washington D.C./Chicago, 15.08.2016 (HuffPost) – It is widely understood, particularly among peoples who have suffered the consequences, that the Obama administration’s foreign policy has downplayed human rights and freedoms; has … Continue reading

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Persecution of Religious Minorities in the Middle East urges EU to act

Figel’: “Action for Religious Freedom is a Moral Obligation” Interview by FOREF Europe with Dr. Ján Figeľ, EU Special Envoy for the promotion of FoRB      Vienna, 03.08.2016 (FOREF Europe) – During his short stay in Vienna, Ján Figeľ, … Continue reading

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Attempts to inhibit any kind of “discrimination” lead to discrimination against the free practice of Judaism and other faiths

The Fear of Religious Liberty Essay by Richard Samuelson Washington D. C., 03.08.2016 (Mosaic Magazine) – Not so long ago, doubts about the ability of Jews to live and practice Judaism freely in the United States would have been dismissed as … Continue reading

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