UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein delivered a blistering assessment today of the state of human rights around the globe.

Over 26 years of civil war in Somaliland completely decimated its health services. In the chaos, many health care professionals were either killed or fled the country, more than half a million people lost their lives, and a further million became refugees. Civilians were…

UNICEF’s “statement” on mass casualties of children in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta consisted of 10 empty lines, with quotation marks to represent missing text, CNN reports.An editorial note explaining the blank statement reads:

“Catastrophic” doesn’t begin to describe the horrific siege on 13 medical facilities in Syria’s East Ghouta.In recent days, aerial bombardments have killed at least 260 civilians and injured over 600, reports the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS). So far this year,…

Graphic footage has surfaced of the Burmese government destroying evidence of mass graves of slain Rohingya Muslims after media investigations exposed several sites in Rahkine state.The disturbing footage obtained by The Arakan Project documents mass graves being bulldozed…

Afghanistan’s sole high-security psychiatric facility is saddled with the growing mental health fallout of decades of conflict.The BBC’s Sahar Zand visited the 300-patient Red Crescent Secure Psychiatric Institution, where patients—many former militants—are restrained and…

Decades after the Iran-Iraq war, Iran provides rare testing grounds for the long-term impact of chemical attacks that killed 5000 Iranians and sickened more than 100,000, according to Iran's Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans Affairs.A dozen research centers in Iran are…

Diphtheria’s recent resurgence in disparate, crisis-ridden nations represents a “shameful” reality that the bacterial infection, virtually eliminated even in poor countries, is still killing vulnerable populations, writes Michael Edelstein of the Centre on Global Health…

Amid mounting concerns over the risk of nuclear war, North Korea has been quietly amassing the infrastructure needed to create bioweapons as well.From building factories equipped to manufacture microbes "by the ton" and laboratories capable of genetically modifying…

In a world of 22.5 million refugees and counting, retraining displaced medical staff is a necessity, writes Vural Özdemir, MD.But the “inherently political” process has led to a patchwork of approaches, some smarter than others.