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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.

We Can No Longer Turn a Blind Eye To the Suffering in Yemen

Rasha Mohamed | Posted 09.29.2015 | World
Rasha Mohamed

In Yemen, suffering is plain to see, everywhere. Bombs continue to fall from the sky, fierce battles play out on the ground, bringing along sickness, famine, lack of shelter, terror and death.

Western Media's Miscount of Saudi Arabia's Syrian Refugees

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
Anhvinh Doanvo

hanks to a technicality in counting refugees, hundreds of outlets from Amnesty International to the Brookings Institution have claimed that Saudi Arabia has taken zero refugees -- a ludicrous, but rarely fact-checked statement given the comical lack of a "Great Arabian Wall."

Human Trafficking Jam: Sorting Out Consensual Sex From Slavery, Coercion and Abuse

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
Clay Farris Naff

You don't have to approve of the buying and selling of sex to see the wisdom in Amnesty's proposal. I'm certain that humanists, along with everyone else who considers themselves a civilized human being, would join unanimously to oppose human trafficking. However, the conflation of these evils with consensual commercial sex is wrong.

The Cry For Media Freedom in Egypt

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 08.31.2015 | Media
Melissa Jun Rowley

For the sake of the Al Jazeera journalists and media freedom in Egypt at large, Amnesty International is working to resuscitate the lifeline between the truth and truth seekers.

Feds Raid -- Are We Any Safer?

Matt Baume | Posted 08.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

The story that we tell ourselves is that sex work is banned in order to protect victims of trafficking and exploitation. And while that's a worthwhile goal, there's just one problem: Arresting people who exchange money for sex may not stop exploitation, and in fact might make things worse.

Legal in Theory: Germany's Sex Trade Laws and Why They Have Nothing to Do With Amnesty Sex Work Proposal

Katherine Koster | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
Katherine Koster

Germany (and the Netherlands) have been swept into the ire over Amnesty's new Sex Worker proposal: "After Germany legalized prostitution in 2002, police reported it became much more difficult to target abusive pimps" Time Magazine claims.

Group: All Sides In Yemen's War May Be Guilty Of War Crimes

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.19.2015 | World

CAIRO (AP) -- A leading international rights group said Tuesday that all sides fighting in Yemen have left a "trail of civilian death and destruction...

Amnesty International Votes To Develop Policy On Sex Workers' Rights

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 08.11.2015 | Impact

Amnesty International delegates approved a resolution Tuesday to develop a policy on sex workers' rights, recommending that it calls for full decrimi...

Amnesty International: Please Protect the Most Vulnerable in Your Trafficking Debate

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 08.07.2015 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Should prostitution be decriminalized? Few questions attract such heated debate, and few are as likely to divide people and organizations that believe they are championing the best interests of vulnerable people.

Here's What Amnesty International's Sex Work Proposal Really Means

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 08.04.2015 | World

Amnesty International will vote this month on whether to advocate worldwide decriminalization of sex work. If the policy is adopted, the hum...

8 Things To Know About Amnesty's Draft Proposal On Sex Work

Katherine Koster | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Katherine Koster

Confused about the Amnesty International draft proposal? Here are some of the major points, broken down. The safety and human rights of sex workers, not the interest of clients and third parties, drive the call to end indirect criminalization of sex work.

U.S.-Backed Assault on Yemen Putting Over 20 Million Lives At Risk: Where Is the Outrage?

Dan Kovalik | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

The unfolding human rights catastrophe in Yemen is but another example of the U.S.'s brutal and equally inexplicable foreign policy, its cynical posture towards human rights, and the main stream media's utter failure to hold the U.S. accountable on such questions.

Executions In Iran Have Surged This Year, Report Finds

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.23.2015 | World

Iran executed 694 people in the first half of 2015, an "unprecedented spike" in the nation's use of the death penalty, according to a new report...

I Was Sentenced for 'Crimes' that Stopped Operation Streamline

Gabriel Schivone | Posted 07.21.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Schivone

My name is Gabriel Schivone. I'm an educator at the University of Arizona, specifically a learning tutor. I help students find the right words to convey the meaning of what they want to say. When I think of why I locked myself down to that bus that day, I think of family

Norman Finkelstein: Amnesty's Gaza Reports Are 'Just Israeli Propaganda'

Nick Mutch | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Nick Mutch

"The Amnesty reports were just Israeli propaganda, or the best face one could put on the horror Israel inflicted on Gaza."

An Al-Jazeera Journalist, His Wedding, And His Words

Ahmed Charai | Posted 07.12.2015 | World
Ahmed Charai

I believe in a future in which Muslim spiritual leaders and Islamist activists no longer view their faith or their fellow Muslims in these terms -- and where those Westerners who believe in fairness, equality and justice for all open their hearts to all the peoples of the region, not just a privileged few.

Survivors Guide to Earth: Police Shootings

Matthew Cooke | Posted 06.29.2015 | Crime
Matthew Cooke

A shocking report by Amnesty International found not a single state in the U.S. has laws that meet international human rights standards for "use of force" by police officers.

U.S. Intervention and Colombia's Record Displacements

Dan Kovalik | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Dan Kovalik

What the U.S. has had "going on" in Colombia for decades is massive military involvement, both overt and covert, though one would hardly know from the lack of media attention on this issue.

Before This World: Chatting With James Taylor, Plus Joan Baez Receives Ambassador of Conscience Award

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.19.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

According to James Taylor: "Music is that spiritual thing -- that's the thing that compels us so much: It's real. And when it connects with you, you don't make a decision about it."

Aid Group: Refugee Crisis Response Has Been A 'Shameful Failure,' Requires Overhaul

AP | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact

LONDON (AP) — Amnesty International is urging world leaders to radically overhaul refugee policies and create a comprehensive global strategy to dea...

Saudi Supreme Court Upholds Verdict Against Liberal Blogger Raif Badawi

AP | AYA BATRAWY | Posted 06.08.2015 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court has upheld a verdict against a liberal blogger who was flogged in January after bein...

Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions: A Movement The United Church Of Christ Should Reject

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 06.05.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

The General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC), meeting later this month, will consider two resolutions calling for divestment from Israel and another labeling the Israeli treatment of Palestinians as akin to "Apartheid."

African Americans Killed By Cops Are Twice As Likely to Have Been Unarmed As Whites

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.04.2015 | Black Voices
Ian Reifowitz

This is a complicated piece of data, but it reveals something relatively simple. An unarmed black or brown person in America is much more likely to be killed by a police officer than an unarmed white person.

Amnesty International Slams Nigeria's Military For Abuses In Boko Haram Fight

AP | Posted 06.04.2015 | World

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Amnesty International say Nigerian military abuses are responsible for the deaths of some 8,000 people in its fight against Bo...