David Keyes is the executive director of Advancing Human Rights and a contributor to The Daily Beast.  He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy and Reuters and appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg TV and Al Jazeera.  He can be reached at david.keyes@advancinghumanrights.org.

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The diplomats in Vienna wanted to talk about absolutely anything but Iran’s record of hanging gays and torturing human-rights activists. So I not-so-gently raised the subject.

Exporting Intolerance

American diplomats pay lip service to human rights while tens of billions of dollars in arms are shipped to the Kingdom of Hate, where you can be executed for 'sorcery' or tweeting about Islam.

Human Rights

Congress wants to christen the street in front of the Chinese Embassy after jailed Nobel Prize winner and dissident Liu Xiaobo—and Beijing’s not thrilled.

Iran’s foreign minister arrived in Moscow today to do a diplomatic victory lap with his Russian allies over America’s withering influence in the Middle East.


After releasing Majid Tavakoli due to an outcry at home—and an article on The Daily Beast—Iran’s regime has quietly reimprisoned the famous dissident.


During their New York charm offensive at the U.N. General Assembly, Iran’s foreign minister and U.N. ambassador joked about Facebook—despite banning it at home—and denied any knowledge of Tehran’s prominent political prisoners, says David Keyes.