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Human Rights Priorities for the Next U.S. President

David J. Kramer | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
David J. Kramer

The United States should review its relations with all authoritarian regimes to give human rights greater attention. While it may cooperate with them on counter-terrorism and other shared interests, it cannot turn a blind eye to the abuses these regimes commit.

Yes We Can! (End Rape in War)

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

Can we do anything useful to stop sexual assault in conflict, and, if so, is the United Nations the entity to do it? To the first question, the answer is a resounding yes.

John Rudolf

'Silently Screaming 24 Hours A Day': Report Slams Calif. Solitary Confinement | John Rudolf | Posted 09.27.2012 | Crime

California's extensive use of solitary confinement in two state prisons subjects thousands of inmates to "cruel and degrading" conditions and amounts ...

In America, Our Inalienable Right to Vote Is in Jeopardy

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

The U.S. government -- including both the executive and the legislative branches -- has the obligation to ensure that the right to vote is more than an illusion for all U.S. citizens, regardless of their ethnicity, home, or history of conflict with the law.

International Day Of Peace: 5 Ways To Take Action

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 01.15.2013 | Impact

Precipitated by recent acts of violence in Benghazi, Syria and elsewhere around the world, International Day of Peace comes at a crucial moment. Th...

Health of Prominent Cuban Hunger Striker Martha Beatriz Roque Is Deteriorating Rapidly

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.17.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I visited Martha at her home in the capital neighborhood of Santo Suarez and witnessed firsthand her physical deterioration. Dry lips, sallow skin and trembling limbs were some of the symptoms of the famous economist.

A Progressive Corporation and Its Campaign to Take Down 10 Tea Party House Members

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

While the conventions and the two men who would be president have been uppermost in our minds for the past two weeks, we should not lose sight of other critical races going on across the country, in particular those in the House of Representatives.

Revelations That Iran Is Arming Syria Is One More Example of Why the World Needs an Arms Trade Treaty

Amnesty International | Posted 11.11.2012 | World
Amnesty International

The crisis in Syria is the most stark, current example of how the current laissez-faire global arms trade can exacerbate conflicts.

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison Gets Support Calling for Accountability for Torture

Coleen Rowley | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

In connection with the 10 year anniversary of the shameful "torture memos," peace and human rights activists in Minnesota managed to get their Congresspersons and Senators to declare torture is wrong and, in varying degrees, touch on the need for accountability.

LOOK: Pussy Riot Activists Target Russian Embassy

The Huffington Post | Eliza LaJoie | Posted 07.30.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- About a hundred protesters, many donning bright balaclavas, dresses and tights, gathered in front of the Russian Embassy late Friday aft...

Greg Rosalsky

Obama Administration Blinks In First NRA Showdown Since Aurora | Greg Rosalsky | Posted 07.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One week after the Aurora, Colo., mass murder brought gun-control back to the forefront of political discourse, the Obama administration...

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...

The Triumph Of Hypothetical Evil Over Real Evil

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Aaron Daniel Taylor

Sometimes evil triumphs not when good people do nothing, but when good people fail to distinguish between hypothetical evil and real evil. Case in point: A conservative Christian radio host's attempt to thwart the Arms Trade Treaty.

Iran's Drug Policy: Hypocrisy in Action

Chris DeVito | Posted 09.18.2012 | World
Chris DeVito

Iran sees much of the world's heroin supply travel through its territory. However, Iran isn't simply a transit point. By most estimates the country has one of the highest rates of heroin and opium addiction in the world.

Fact vs. Fiction: Arms Trade Treaty and Gun Ownership in the U.S.

Amnesty International | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Amnesty International

That industry is estimated to exceed $60 billion annually and benefits immensely from the current free-for-all in the global trade in weapons and ammunition. Let's break down fact from fiction.

The Importance of a Great Pen: An Appreciation

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.10.2012 | Home
Marshall Fine

Somehow, when the right pen hits the right paper, there's a little bit of magic. Writing becomes fast and effortless. The pen glides across the paper, capturing the words almost as they're spoken.

Street Harassment: A Means of Control That We Need to Get Under Control

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 09.02.2012 | World
Marianne Mollmann

Imagine what would be said of someone who acknowledged that a professor or other student had made an unwelcome pass at them. I certainly understand not wanting to expose oneself to that.

'The Future We Want'

Bianca Jagger | Posted 08.27.2012 | Green
Bianca Jagger

What Rio+20 has demonstrated is that we can no longer stand by and wait for world leaders to provide solutions to prevent us from reaching the tipping point, or point of no return.

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 ...

Erin Mershon

Dream Act Supporters Rally In Front Of White House | Erin Mershon | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics

More than 100 people rallied outside the White House Friday, just hours after the Obama administration announced it will stop deporting Dream Act-elig...

WATCH: Amnesty Accuses Syria Of War Crimes

Reuters | Posted 08.13.2012 | World

By Tim Castle and Tessa Unsworth LONDON, June 14 (Reuters) - Syrian government forces are killing civilians in organised attacks on to...

Human Rights Without People

Jack Healey | Posted 08.06.2012 | World
Jack Healey

For those who work in the field of human rights, their ambition is not idealistic. On the contrary there is a real sense of passionate pragmatism.

When Hogwarts Came to Harvard: Real Life Villains and the Universal Power of Imagination

Christine Horansky | Posted 07.24.2012 | Impact
Christine Horansky

What universal appeal might the story of Harry Potter, with its young upstart wizards and Dark Lord, have for the real struggles of so many people around the globe?

Mike Sacks

Deportation And Wiretapping At The Supreme Court | Mike Sacks | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With five weeks remaining in its term, the Supreme Court on Monday morning chipped away at its 20-plus cases yet to be decided by issuin...

With Eurovision 2012 Around The Corner, Azerbaijan Gets Much Unwanted Attention

Jeff Burbank | Posted 07.18.2012 | World
Jeff Burbank

As this year's host of Eurovision, Azerbaijan may well impress visitors with its beautiful, entertaining capital city of Baku and friendly, considerate people, but not with how its government treats the people.