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Founded in 1961, Amnesty International works to protect human rights and people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. Amnesty investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and helps transform societies to create a safer, more just world. Amnesty International received the Nobel Peace Prize for their life-saving work.

With more than 2.2 million supporters, activists and volunteers in over 150 countries, they work with complete independence from government, corporate or national interests.

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A Time For Solidarity - And Action

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 5:29 PM

by Margaret Huang, interim executive director of Amnesty International USA

It's been a couple of days since the horrific shooting in Orlando, and it's still impossible for any of us to fully comprehend the magnitude of what happened.

Forty-nine people - many of them LGBT people and...

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Standing Up for Oppressed Journalists on World Press Freedom Day

(3) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 10:56 AM

By Margaret Huang, interim executive director of Amnesty International USA

This year's White House Correspondents Dinner included one notable new guest who was absent from the previous year's proceedings. Last year, President Obama paid tribute to Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who was imprisoned in Iran for 18 months on...

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Executions of Juvenile Offenders in Iran Are an Affront to the Conscience of the World

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 10:08 AM

By Elise Auerbach, Iran country specialist, Amnesty International USA

In a very rare piece of good news in an otherwise bleak landscape, Iranian authorities recently postponed the scheduled execution of juvenile offender Salar Shadizadi at the eleventh hour. He was to be hanged on November...

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Create Independent Investigations Systems for Police Accountability

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 12:09 PM

By Matthew Kennis, member of the Amnesty International USA Board of Directors

Every time there is news of another shooting or killing by police, the question arises of whether the action was justified. Given that nearly everyone now carries a cell phone with a camera or video, not to mention...

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Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, Replies to Amnesty International USA Board of Directors

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 12:42 PM

By Ann Burroughs and Pratap Chatterjee, Members of AIUSA Board of Directors

James Clapper, U.S. Director of National Intelligence, sent a reply to a letter from the Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) Board of Directors asking the Obama administration to conduct a review of U.S. signals intelligence practices that threaten the...

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From Ferguson to Selma: One Activist's Journey

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 4:07 PM

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By Larry Fellows III, activist, community organizer and Amnesty International USA Youth Leader Fellow

I'm sitting close to the stage where President Obama is giving his speech. It is surreal. He says, "Ferguson is unique but not isolated." Ferguson is unique...

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Changing the World One Letter At a Time

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 4:59 PM

By Harry Belafonte and Steven W. Hawkins

A young black man, Ricardo Mattos dos Santos, is killed while playing soccer with his friends in the Bahia state of Brazil, shot to death while begging for his life and insisting he was not who the attackers were looking for. Five years...

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Evaporating Hope for My Missing Daughter

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 2:58 PM

By Munira al-Hamwi, mother of Syrian human rights activist Razan Zaitouneh

They asked me to write about my daughter, Razan Zaitouneh. I am not a journalist or a writer but I will write what is on my mind. I will not talk about Razan's work or her achievements...

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'Manuscripts Don't Burn'

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 4:23 PM

By Steven W. Hawkins, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA and Gregory Nava, Writer-Director, Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- International Outreach Committee

Freedom of expression is both an essential human right and a foundational requirement for art. When the ability to create...

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This Tibetan Filmmaker Has Been in Prison for 4 Years - It's Time For the Chinese Government to Let Him Go

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 11:12 AM

By James H. Zimmerman, Jr., Amnesty USA China Country Specialist

Dhondup Wangchen and his wife, Lhamo Tso, were running a restaurant in Lhasa, Tibet in 2006 when he got a video camera.

Although he had never used one before, Dhondup Wangchen and his friends conceived the idea to film some...

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Standing With the Villagers of Nabi Saleh

(2) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 10:18 AM

By Edith Garwood, Amnesty International USA Country Specialist on Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the Palestinian Authority

Iyad Burnat, who is featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary 5 Broken Cameras, was shot last month by Israeli security forces. He was participating in the weekly peaceful demonstration held...

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End the Gravest Human Rights Abuse

(3) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 2:47 PM

Today, 140 countries have banned the death penalty in law or in practice. And the United States needs to be the 141st. This archaic and cruel act is not punishment served or justice delivered. It is cruel, inhuman and degrading, and the ultimate denial of human...

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Sarah Shourd: What Everyone Ought to Know About Angola 3 and Solitary Confinement

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 12:00 PM

Until recently, both Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox had been held in solitary confinement for 4 decades in Louisiana - longer than almost any other known prisoner in recent U.S. history. It's long enough for one's body to forget it ever knew anything else but four white walls and for...

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On International Justice Day, an Inconvenient Truth

(5) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 11:08 AM

By Scott Edwards

Just as storms overwhelm unattended levees, political strife and armed conflict can overwhelm the system of international law created to ensure we do not repeat the darkest periods of human history. Wednesday marks the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statue, which established the International...

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Why I'm Standing with Amnesty International to Demand an End to Appalling Police Violence in Turkey

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 3:49 PM

By Susan Sarandon, Actress and Activist

Freedom of expression is a right we have to value and protect, which is why I'm joining Amnesty to demand justice for the thousands of peaceful protesters who have been injured due to police violence in Turkey.

The use of excessive force...

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Not a Billion More

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 2:15 PM

I was in Delhi on December 17 when tens of thousands marched in solidarity to support a young victim of rape.

On the evening of December 16, this young woman and her friend boarded a bus to return home after watching a movie. Her friend was attacked, while she was...

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Why Martin O'Malley Needs to Lead Maryland to Death Penalty Abolition

(9) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 3:32 PM

By Brian Evans, Interim Director of Amnesty International USA's Death Penalty Abolition Campaign

Opposing the death penalty is not the political third rail it used to be (or at least was considered to be). It has become a mainstream choice. Especially now, and especially in a state like Maryland, with...

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To Stop Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Look to Rwanda

(2) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 8:37 AM

By Sarah Milburn and Ken Harrow

The last time armed militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo unleashed a campaign of violence, five million people were killed and 2.5 million people were driven from their homes. Governments in the region and the United Nations failed to hold anyone accountable. And...

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President Obama Must Carry a Human Rights Message to Myanmar or Risk Setting Back Momentum for Reform

(3) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 4:00 PM

By Suzanne Nossel

Some human rights organizations and Burmese activist groups have derided President Obama's decision to travel to Myanmar next week and become the first U.S. president to set foot in the nation long known as a pariah regime.

The concern isn't idle. The few hours...

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Revelations That Iran Is Arming Syria Is One More Example of Why the World Needs an Arms Trade Treaty

(44) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 7:35 PM

By Suzanne Nossel

The Obama administration is understandably concerned after this week's revelations that Iran is arming Syrian troops and is flying through Iraqi airspace to do it. While the slaughter in Syria has claimed well over 16,000 lives, efforts by the United States, the United Nations and...

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