Consider some recent political events:
1. Civil unrest in Iran.
2. The Honduran military arrests the country’s President and gives him a free trip out of the country.
3. China (at least according to Friday’s Washington Post) launches a crackdown on human rights lawyers by letting their bar licenses “lapse.”
4. Vietnam arrests a leading human rights lawyer and charges him with treason (last week)
5. Thailand continues to face turmoil between supporters and opponents of ex-Prime Minister Thaksin (that started last fall with the airport shutdown, but it’s still going on).