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'Manuscripts Don't Burn'

Amnesty International | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact
Amnesty International

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

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

Jack Healey | Posted 07.02.2014 | World
Jack Healey

Helping is now big business. Human rights groups have become big industries with big salaries. While I do not believe activism is better with poorly paid staff, the focus should be on helping others rather than personal gain.

War Crimes in the Battle for Mosul

Donatella Rovera | Posted 06.27.2014 | World
Donatella Rovera

Long lines of cars full of terrified families jammed the road as I left Mosul on June 25. The mass exodus is testament to the impact on civilians since fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) took control of the city.

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Torture Survivor's Case

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 06.27.2014 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Over the past 40 years, state and federal courts as well as prosecutors have very seldom been open to providing fair justice to the African-American survivors of Burge-related police torture.

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

Nazanin Boniadi | Posted 06.05.2014 | 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.

Close Guantanamo, End Indefinite Detention and Return from the Dark Side

Coleen Rowley | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

The president's pledge last May to close Guantanamo came amidst a mass hunger strike at the prison by men protesting their indefinite detention. Since then only a handful of men have been released from Guantanamo, where hungers strikes and brutal force-feedings continue.

Why South Sudan Needs to Look Back to Move Forward

Helen Ouyang, MD, MPH | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Helen Ouyang, MD, MPH

While aid is crucial, especially to the 3.7 million people who are currently experiencing emergency levels of food insecurity, transformation for the world's newest country has to come from within.

Treating Death Row Inmates like Disposable Guinea Pigs is Unconstitutional

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.16.2014 | Crime
Michael Shammas

When faced with cruel and unusual crimes, our natural reaction is to demand cruel and unusual punishment. The problem is that even if this sentiment were morally correct, it is legally incorrect.

Boko Haram's Ideology Key to Violence

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Their brazen assault could act as a springboard for international engagement, not only aimed at curbing the violence, but also directed at the ideology that Boko Haram and other groups use to recruit followers, emulate each other and legitimize brutality.

Woman Sentenced To Death For 'Apostasy'

AP | MOHAMMED SAEED and HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — A pregnant Sudanese woman who married a Christian man was sentenced to death Thursday after she refused to recant her Christi...

Women Rights and Gender Equality

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Many Iranian women activists who live in the Islamic Republic, and several of those campaigners whom I have interviewed, have shed light on the reality of women's rights under Rouhani's presidency.

Mother's Day From Near and Far

Maryam Zar | Posted 07.07.2014 | World
Maryam Zar

On the approach to Mother's Day, there's the frivolous smell of flowers in the air, the spur of reservations abound and the light giggle of moms antic...

Death Penalty

Martin Marty | Posted 07.07.2014 | Crime
Martin Marty

Amnesty International reminds Texans and the rest of us that America is in very distinct and distinctive company among executors: Only Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and China, 'disreputable peers,' execute more.

Waleed Abulkhair: Imprisoned!

Elham Manea | Posted 07.06.2014 | World
Elham Manea

Raif Badawi is in jail because he expressed his opinion peacefully and created a liberal website. His lawyer Waleed Abulkhair, on the other hand, is in jail for his defense of human rights and freedom of expression.

Is Maxim 'The Hatchet' Martsinkevich a Political Prisoner?

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

This Russian neo-Nazi activist is facing a second prison term. Could he be prosecuted unfairly?

Why the Women in the World Summit Matters

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact
Andrea Chalupa

While it's easy to get caught up in the famous names gracing the halls of the Women in the World Summit, the main attraction is how the event gives a voice to the voiceless.

Surge in Executions and Human Rights Violations in Iran: Evidence of Rouhani's 'Moderate' Rule?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.04.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

One of the most alarming trends indicating egregious human rights abuses has been the surge in executions, many conducted in public, under the presidency of the moderate Rouhani, particularly since the beginning of 2014.

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.

Number Of Executions On The Rise In 2013

AP | By CARA ANNA | Posted 05.26.2014 | World

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of known executions around the world rose almost 15 percent in 2013, and the United States was among the five countries p...

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.

First Ladies, First Principles, and Foundational Documents

Jack Healey | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

In 1948, Eleanor Roosevelt took examples of the dregs of history and aimed for a better ever after. She shepherded the creation and ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As the legal foundation of the international human rights movement, the document clearly needs help.

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?