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Irene Khan, secretary general of Amnesty International, speaking Mexico City, in August 2007. (AP)

Irene Khan, secretary general of Amnesty International, speaking in Mexico City in August 2007. (AP)

A new Sudan policy out today from the Obama administration — and immediate scrutiny from human rights advocates of its impact on a campaign called genocide.

It’s been a tough decade for human rights. As if terror and torture and war on terror weren’t tough enough to deal with, then came economic collapse.

From dissidents in prison to populations in peril and poverty, it’s a hard world.

This hour, we’ll talk with the secretary general of Amnesty International worldwide, Irene Khan, and The New York Times’s Nicholas Kristof, about human rights up against tough times.

You can join the conversation. Tell us what you think — here on this page, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Guests:

Irene Khan joins us in our studio. She is has been secretary general of Amnesty International, the world’s largest human rights organization, since Sept. 12, 2001. She’s the first woman, the first Asian, the first Bangladeshi, and the first Muslim in the job. Her new book is “The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights.”

Joining us from New York is Nicholas Kristof, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times and author of the On The Ground blog. He is the co-author, with Sheryl WuDunn, of “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.”

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Cindy Cook holds a photo of her mother, former Rep. Alice Cook Bassett, at her home in Calais, Vt., Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Cook took care of her mother in December when she decided to stop eating and drinking to put an end to her life. (AP)

A bipartisan report says medical care at the end of life needs a big overhaul. One bioethicist says, “After 75, no major interventions. Let me go.”

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Levon Aronian, of Armenia, right, moves during his match against Hikaru Nakamura, of the United States, in the sixth round of the Sinquefield Cup chess tournament Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP)

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