Declare Yourself a Vocal Opponent of Torture Today!

Today, as citizens, patriots, and protesters descend on Washington DC, to observe, celebrate, or decry the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States, we must all rise to the most pressing challenge of our time—the fight for justice, accountability, human rights-based policy, and, most importantly, the definitive abolition of torture. As a […]

Democracy in Turkey (but not for Kurds)

No longer can we assume—if anthropologists ever comfortably did—that human rights and formal democracy are mutually constitutive. Worldwide we witness the rise of ostensibly democratically-elected leaders who violate the law and the spirit of both representative democracy and human rights as easily as they invoke these to justify repression or intervention. In this inaugural column […]