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For all his promises — and a Nobel Peace Prize — the Obama presidency delivered more hope than change

As Donald Trump prepares to take office, many fear a new hostility to human rights on the part of the United States. From his divisive rhetoric about minorities to his embrace of autocrats abroad, there is plenty to worry about…
U.S. President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington January 12, 2016.
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Eastern Ghouta, Daraya Civilians Denied Food, Medical Supplies

(New York) – The Syrian government should honor its commitments and cease unlawfully hindering the delivery of food and medical aid throughout Syria.
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Men store bags of flour unloaded from a Red Crescent aid convoy in the rebel-held, besieged town of Jesreen in Eastern Ghouta, Syria on March 7, 2016.
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Madaya a Wake-Up Call for International Community

(New York) – The suffering of civilians in the Syrian town of Madaya shows the need for concerted international action to deliver aid to government-besieged areas. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in…
United Nations observers talk with local residents during a field visit to the Madaya area, near Damascus May 6, 2012.
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Opposition Areas Lack Food, Medical Assistance

 (New York) – Insufficient levels of humanitarian assistance are reaching opposition-controlled areas in northern Syria, despite their proximity to the Turkish border and dire medical, food, and other humanitarian needs. Human Rights Watch visited Raqqa…
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The candidates may disagree on some human rights issues, but the next president will face challenges that transcend partisan lines. How might tomorrow's presidential election affect U.S. policy on human rights? The common wisdom is that unlike their sharp…