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Does Amnesty International's Sex Work Resolution Support "Gender Apartheid?"

Katherine Koster | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Katherine Koster

Addressing inequality, a complex web of intersecting oppression and societal discomfort with the inclusion of people who engage in commercial sex is harder than blaming the sex trade for the exploitation and marginalization of women.

The Framing of Gender Apartheid: Amnesty International and Prostitution

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

What would happen if every country decriminalized prostitution? Not just the few that have already disastrously done so, but what if every government legitimized pimps and brothel owners and failed to hold men accountable for purchasing human beings for sex?

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

Amnesty International | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Amnesty International

We called for a reform of Executive Order 12333, a primary legal authority for global surveillance, to ensure that it meets international human rights standards. We also demanded measures to ensure that all U.S. surveillance programs comply with international human rights law.

The Conversation on U.S. Prisons We Should Be Having

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 07.18.2015 | Politics
Steven W. Hawkins

This week, President Obama has put a much-needed spotlight on the vicious cycle of mass incarceration. In the past three decades, the prison population in the U.S. has ballooned due to a number of factors that have created a system rife with discrimination and other abuses.

After 30 Years, Accountability for Police Torture in Chicago

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 05.29.2015 | Black Voices
Steven W. Hawkins

The vast majority of Burge's survivors were never compensated for their ordeal, and not a single survivor has ever received adequate reparations. Burge and his detectives were never held accountable for the crime of torture.

From Ferguson to Selma: One Activist's Journey

Amnesty International | Posted 05.11.2015 | Black Voices
Amnesty International

This weekend in Selma, I marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. I marched, and I saw people from every community acknowledging and revering each other with love. I'm not an isolated activist. I'm one of many, one of many.

Capturing Humanity Through the Arts

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Steven W. Hawkins

The public space between social activism, advocacy and art can be profound. In their own ways, art and social justice are universal languages. The idea that all people should be treated fairly and respectfully transcends backgrounds and cultures.

Changing the World One Letter At a Time

Amnesty International | Posted 02.08.2015 | Impact
Amnesty International

We all have the power to bring human rights home.  We all have the power to change the world.  Join us. Write a letter, change a life.

Evaporating Hope for My Missing Daughter

Amnesty International | Posted 02.08.2015 | World
Amnesty International

The next morning, a year ago today, I woke up to hear the news of the kidnapping of my daughter along with her husband and two friends, Samira and Nazem.

Break the Cycle Of Mass Incarceration

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Steven W. Hawkins

As a nation that claims to value fairness and equality for all, mass incarceration is a disgrace. But it doesn't have to be this way. And this Election Day, Calilfornians have an opportunity to take a significant step toward ending it.

How Long Will the U.S. Turn a Blind Eye to Its Role in this Bloodshed?

Sunjeev Bery | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Sunjeev Bery

Though a ceasefire hangs over Israel and Gaza today, the open wounds from 50 days of conflict remain unresolved.

'Happy' Video Shows Iran: It's Time to Let Your People Dance

Nazanin Boniadi | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Nazanin Boniadi

Despite the onslaught of attacks against freedom of expression in Iran, the international community has largely averted its gaze until now, when Pharrell Williams' smash hit song "Happy" thrust Iran's dismal human rights record back into the spotlight.

Youth Lighting the Way in Chicago

Katie Sewell | Posted 06.01.2014 | Chicago
Katie Sewell

In the face of violence and fear, when dignity is on the line, it's standing up together that makes a difference.

In the Age of the Selfie, Privacy Still Paramount

Ann Burroughs | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Ann Burroughs

This USA Freedom Act isn't simply a reaction to NSA spying; it is a recommitment to protecting the right to privacy.

The Death Penalty Is the Tip of an Iceberg of Injustice

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Steven W. Hawkins

Years from now we will know that we stood on the right side of history.

Love Is a Right, Hate Is a Crime

Adotei Akwei | Posted 04.29.2014 | Impact
Adotei Akwei

Lest anyone suggest discrimination in the United States is benign in comparison to what has unfolded in Uganda, we should take a closer look at the pain and suffering -- and yes, the hatred -- laws like these fuel.

Pussy Riot Says It Will Take the Fight Against Putin to Parliament

Andrey Tolokonnikov | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Andrey Tolokonnikov

Marat Gelman, a well-known Russian art figure, wrote that he would like to see, as president of Russia, not Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, but Nadia Tolokonnikova.

What Comes Next in Russia's Struggle for Freedom?

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Steven W. Hawkins

As the Sochi Olympics come to a close, what is in store for the struggle for freedom and rights in Putin's Russia?

After Death Row in Texas, I'm Fighting to End the Death Penalty

Kerry Max Cook | Posted 04.24.2014 | Impact
Kerry Max Cook

My name is Kerry Max Cook, but for two decades, I was known as "Cook, Execution number 600."

The Time to Stand Up for Human Rights Is Now

Samir Goswami | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Samir Goswami

Amnesty International continues to document the many instances of human rights violations in Russia. In a one year period since Vladimir Putin announced his candidacy to return to the president's office, over 5,000 people were arrested in more than 200 protests.

What Will President Obama Whisper in This King's Ear?

Sunjeev Bery | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Sunjeev Bery

As Morocco's strategic partner, the U.S. must ensure that its dollars, military support, and political support generate momentum for human rights. Moroccan authorities shouldn't be allowed to presume that their relationship with the U.S. is a blank check.

Lou Reed Was a Powerful Ally in the Cause of Human Rights, says Amnesty International USA

Ann Burroughs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ann Burroughs

With the sad passing of Lou Reed, the human rights movement has lost a powerful voice for humanity and a strong ally in the defense of freedom and justice.

Journey From the Killing Fields: An Arms Trade Treaty at Last

Frank Jannuzi | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Frank Jannuzi

Last week's carnage in Nairobi underscores the importance of curtailing the flow of guns into the hands of governments like that of Syria or groups like the Somali-based Al-Shabab who use conventional arms to commit atrocities.

Pussy Riot Protest To Target Russian Embassy

The Huffington Post | Eliza LaJoie | Posted 07.27.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Political activists and punk musicians will unite outside the Russian Embassy on Friday to demand that three members of the Russian femi...

Amnesty's Shilling for US-NATO Wars

Coleen Rowley | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

By Ann Wright and Coleen Rowley The new Executive Director of Amnesty International USA -- Suzanne Nossel -- is a recent U.S. government insider. So ...