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Memories Of Torture And Hope For Redemption In A Chinese Village

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan | Posted 11.23.2015 | World

YAOYU VILLAGE, China -- For Liu Renwang, the village where he grew up is part home and part hell. Today he lives here in a one-story brick building th...

The Myanmar Election and the Myitsone Dam

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.11.2015 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

The subterfuges of the military, religious "leaders," and others seeking to influence the election, stand in stark contrast to Zaw's story. His efforts recount a simple tale of a fight for environmental justice against exploitation, with the goal of protecting a national treasure -- the Irrawaddy River.

Egypt Arrests Renowned Human Rights Activist And Journalist

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 11.09.2015 | World

Egypt arrested a prominent journalist and human rights advocate on Sunday after he was questioned by military intelligence over a report he published...

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.

Playboy, Lamar Odom, Amnesty International and the Value of Women

Jonathan Walton | Posted 10.20.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

The value of a woman's nude body has been reduced to a dollar figure so low by producers and consumers of pornography that they decided to stop taking pictures of them for the pleasure of men and boys.

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?

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o: Memories of Who We Are

Louisiana Channel | Posted 10.13.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"Memory is what makes us who we are," says Kenyan Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o - a frequent contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature - in this video about how colonizers sought to erase the memories of the natives by severing their linguistic connections.

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.