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Jack Healey
Jack Healey is the Director of the Human Rights Action Center.

Entries by Jack Healey

The CIA Dipped Our Flag into the Dirt

(5) Comments | Posted January 18, 2015 | 11:18 PM

2015-01-19-SenateComm.Torture.cover.jpgSenator Feinstein has called for giving a pass on prosecution to former CIA Director David Petraeus for leaking classified information to his biographer. Yet, this same senator wants to prosecute to other "leakers" and call them traitors. If I had taken a...

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Taiwan's 30-Day Medical Release of Former President: A Joke or Continued Vengeance

(25) Comments | Posted January 11, 2015 | 1:44 PM

The decision of Taiwan's Ma administration to release former President Chen Shui Bian brought joy and relief to many of Mr. Chen's followers. But joy quickly turned to grief when the public learned the release was for 30 days only. After that time, health officials will determine whether Chen's health...

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I WILL: Call for Leonard Peltier Clemency

(10) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 6:37 PM


Leonard Peltier has been in prison since 1977 in spite of overwhelming calls for clemency. It is enough now. Clemency is long past due for Leonard Peltier.

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I WILL... call the White House to request clemency.

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Vengeance in Taiwan

(28) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 2:24 PM

Three years ago, Professor Jay Tu of North Carolina State University wrote me concerning the plight of the former president of Taiwan, Mr. Chen Shui-Bian. Mr. Chen was jailed immediately after his two terms as president of Taiwan for corruption, real or imagined. Jay felt no one was...

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Burma's Slave or Burma's Save: Democratic Reforms, Human Rights, and the Reluctant Generals of Myanmar

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 10:46 AM


The world is waiting, trying to decipher how to angle itself to an American government that appears to be changing, but may be just end up being same-old, same-old. In spite of the "shellacking" given to Democrats in the elections two...

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Chairman Ma: To Support Hong Kong Democracy, Support Taiwan's and Free Chen

(34) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 11:47 AM

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Even the best possible world of media will make mistakes and omissions from time to time. We live in a complex world and the sheer quantity of trying to keep track of things will sometimes flood the most devoted news junkie. In the past few...

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Ebola Panic and Human Rights: Racism and Public Health in the United States

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 3:24 PM


With only a handful of cases in the United States or afflicting Americans abroad, the country is adrift on an apparently boundless sea of anxiety. Although worthy of more energy to contain and resolve this outbreak, it would be far wiser to extend...

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Destroying Dictatorships and Wagging the Dragon: On Umbrellas, Sunflowers, and Beijing's Chance to Change

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 3:01 PM


A little over 25 years ago, the Chinese military -- grimly named the People's Liberation Army, or PLA -- had encircled Beijing and finally stormed Tiananmen Square with machine guns and tanks in a brutal attempt to extinguish voices of courage and hope...

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Mad Monks: Wirathu, Sri Lanka, and Diverting Democracy in Burma

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 1:01 PM


The news out of Hong Kong for the past few days has had many of us watching the reports and videos that are coming out of the Occupy Central movement with admiration and anxiety. We have seen this before, with students...

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Ma Lies While Chen Dies: Ugly Party Politics on a Beautiful Island

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 11:55 AM


Once again, it's time to look at Taiwan. Unfortunately, there is still a need to call for freedom from prison for Chen Shui-bian and a need to call out Ma Ying-jeou (the most unpopular president in Taiwan's...

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Without Reservations: Supporting Human Rights for Native Americans

(11) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 12:23 PM


Indigenous peoples in the Americas, American Indians, have been decimated several times over. While a lot of loss came from diseases for which there was no native immunity, it is impossible to overstate the intentional displacement, disrespect, and active destruction of indigenous peoples....

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Humor, Hope, and Human Rights: On the Loss of Robin Williams

(5) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 10:45 AM


Luckily for me, though perhaps not for them, I have had the opportunity to meet, work with, and come to know a few comedians. I was the advance man for Dick Gregory's cross-country Run Against Hunger in 1976 and had a...

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Human Rights Are for All Folks: Security and Liberty

(6) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 10:34 AM


This spring, Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein, traditionally sympathetic to the intelligence community, accused the CIA of searching and spying on the computers of Senators and their staffers. CIA head John Brennan loudly asserted that "nothing could be further from...

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Female Troubles: Women's Rights as Human Rights

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 11:20 AM


Why does the world seem to have so much trouble recognizing women's rights as human rights? It's not as if any can claim that women are an imported or foreign idea or something that doesn't occur in a particular culture. It's not as...

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Manifest Delusion: Debunking American Exceptionalism to Protect Human Rights

(19) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 10:21 AM


It's hard to not think about America with our Independence Day recently renewing fresh memories of fireworks, barbecues, and flags. A country of superlatives in matters economic, military, and cultural exports, talking about America's future finds fountains of opinions often strong...

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Ladies and Generals in Burma and Thailand: Forward and Backward Progress in Human Rights

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 10:58 AM


At independence in 1949, Burma's fortunes seemed the brightest in the region. With a full slate of buildings old and new, good transport infrastructure, very high levels of literacy and education at-large, a well-trained civil service, a prolific publishing industry, and agricultural potential...

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Revolvers: Blurred Lines Between Human Rights Organizations and the State Department

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 9:33 AM


Americans have long held governments, as well as politicians, as not quite worthy of trust. With a public that already believed that governments trick the citizenry to enrich politicians and insiders, people have been further shaken in recent years. In the past decade...

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On Universal Human Rights: Navi Pillay, Prince Zeid, and Keeping a Strong Voice at the United Nations

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 9:27 AM


My first meeting with Navanetham ("Navi") Pillay was when she was studying law while at Harvard University along with Jessica Neuwirth. Neuwirth eventually became the legal advisor at Amnesty International USA and one of the producers of the Human Rights Now...

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Chen Shui-bian, Prison, and the Human Rights Choice Facing Taiwan

(8) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 6:23 AM

By the end of the year, Taiwan's first (and to date, only) opposition president will have been held in detention or prison for seven years. There are supporters who maintain his unquestionable and pristine innocence of all charges against him and there are detractors who say that he...

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Everybody Counts, Except in Burma's Census

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 9:54 AM

From a brief moment of being a region that looked like it might fully transform and embrace human rights, the nations of ASEAN are having a bad time with them now. Brunei has announced the intent to stone people for being LGBT. Singapore doesn't even allow...

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