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Why the World Needs a UN Leader Who Stands Up for Human Rights

Anna Neistat | Posted 05.13.2016 | World
Anna Neistat

The UN has not failed, yet. But its ability to fulfill its purpose is in grave jeopardy. The governments who select the next Secretary-General have to answer the critics who question whether the organization is fit for purpose in the twenty-first century.

A Revolution With Promises to Keep

Barbara E. Joe | Posted 05.11.2016 | World
Barbara E. Joe

Back in June 2015, at a book talk at a New York City public library, an audience member had asked me about Sirley Avila, the first time I'd ever heard her name. She had been attacked on May 24. I'd tried to find out more, but reliable information from Cuba is not easy to obtain. Now, less than one year later, here she was, sitting with me.

Even Brazilian Icon Rivaldo Thinks We Should Stay Away From Rio 2016

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 05.10.2016 | Sports

As the rest of the world watches on in anticipation of the 2016 Summer Olympics, the infrastructure of Rio de Janeiro is crumbling -- literally and fi...

Standing Up for Oppressed Journalists on World Press Freedom Day

Amnesty International | Posted 05.03.2016 | World
Amnesty International

It is not just American journalists like Jason Rezaian who are targeted. And in too many cases, countries that the United States considers allies are the ones whose oppressive policies stifle the freedom of the press.

Torture In Iraq Cannot Go Unpunished

Esteban Beltrán | Posted 05.02.2016 | World
Esteban Beltrán

Investigations into human rights violations should not be carried out in military courts; they should be investigated in civilian courts.

Footage From Inside Besieged Syrian Community Shows Terrifying Reality For Thousands Of Civilians

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 04.20.2016 | World

"Please do not leave me," a young Syrian boy weeps to the bloodied corpse of his brother, bound tightly in a white sheet. "Oh, God, it's as if you are...

My Father's Tragedy And a New Hope For the UAE

Marwa Alaradi | Posted 04.19.2016 | World
Marwa Alaradi

I have been campaigning for my father's freedom for over 600 days. For over 600 days our family, human rights groups and the United Nations have been stressing that Salim Alaradi is innocent.

Amnesty Reveals Squalor Thousands Of Refugees Face In Greece

The Huffington Post | Danae Leivada | Posted 04.19.2016 | World

ATHENS, Greece -- A new Amnesty International report decries the predicament of refugees and migrants trapped in Greece and highlights the EU's lack o...

Why FIFA's New President Must Act Now to Prevent a World Cup Built on Abuse

Salil Shetty | Posted 04.19.2016 | World
Salil Shetty

Qatari authorities and FIFA, world football's governing body, were quick to dismiss our findings when we published them last month. But when FIFA's new President Gianni Infantino visits Qatar this week, he must confront the issue head on.

Paramilitaries Continue to Haunt Colombia Despite U.S. Denials

Dan Kovalik | Posted 04.15.2016 | World
Dan Kovalik

It is the denial of the very existence of the paramilitary death squads -- the worst human rights abusers in Colombia -- which gives the U.S. the pretext to certify Colombia's human rights record and to continue delivering lethal military assistance to that country.

Pakistan Went From No Executions To Hundreds In Just One Year

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 04.05.2016 | World

The worldwide use of the death penalty has hit a more than 25-year high and Pakistan is one of the main reasons for the spike, according to Amnesty In...

Silenced Angolans Originate International Noise

Catarina Rocha Ferreira | Posted 03.29.2016 | World
Catarina Rocha Ferreira

On the same month that Angola takes the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council; Let me introduce you 17 (seventeen) Angolan activi...

Bombs and Band-Aids Won't Cure Terrorism

Wahab Raofi | Posted 03.28.2016 | World
Wahab Raofi

As the blood of innocents - spilled by terrorist bombers - is wiped from Brussels Metro and airport walls, politicians amp up their dithering about ho...

An historic Week: Bringing War Criminals to Justice

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 03.27.2016 | World
Stefan Simanowitz

The fact that these cases were heard in the same week may be merely coincidental, but it nevertheless sends out a strong signal that commanders who commit or permit atrocities will ultimately be held responsible.

Egypt’s Young “Anti-Torture T-Shirt” Detainee Finally Free After Nearly 800 Days Behind Bars

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.25.2016 | World

ISTANBUL -- Mahmoud Hussein, detained in Cairo while wearing an anti-torture t-shirt, is finally free after nearly 800 days behind bars during which h...

This Syrian Refugee Has Been Trapped In A Turkish Airport For Over A Year

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 03.18.2016 | World

While many travelers gripe about being stuck at the airport for hours after delayed flights, a 28-year-old Syrian man is still waiting to leave a Turk...

We Will Not Stop Until Our Father Comes Home

Marwa Alaradi | Posted 03.11.2016 | World
Marwa Alaradi

What was supposed to be a family vacation turned into the nightmare of our lives when my father was kidnapped into a mysterious black car on the streets of Dubai. As we waited for the UAE government to sort out my father's unjust detainment, we realized that dead silence is not the answer.

Youth Activists: A Force to be Reckoned With

The Youth Assembly at the United Nations | Posted 02.29.2016 | Impact
The Youth Assembly at the United Nations

by Aashka Merchant, Coordinator for Executive Operations and Special Projects at Amnesty International USA One of the most crucial resources in both...

Meet The People Fighting Homophobia And Transphobia In Africa

HuffPost Spain | Sara Elkamel | Posted 05.05.2016 | Queer Voices

Photographs of LGBTI activists in Kenya, South Africa, Cameroon, Zambia and Uganda are currently exhibited on the streets of Spain’s industrial city...

South Koreans, Banned From Protesting, Plan 'Ghost Rally' With Holograms

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 02.03.2016 | World

Seoul activists plan to take to the streets in a very 21st century way after South Korea refused to allow anti-government protesters to demonstrate ou...

Two Little Piggies: How a Cuban Artist's Protest Went Viral

Barbara E. Joe | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts
Barbara E. Joe

He had carefully painted, using bright red capital letters, the names "FIDEL" and "RAUL" onto two squirming piglets. It's traditional in Cuba between Christmas and New Year's to release pigs to be kept by anyone who can catch them. But Danilo never got to release his pigs.

New Vietnamese Leadership Must Urgently Rehabilitate Country's Appalling Human Rights Record

John Coughlan | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
John Coughlan

With the news that incumbent Nguyễn Phú Trong is poised to continue as General Secretary of the Viet Nam Communist Party, following a secretive leadership race with outgoing Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, he must urgently move to rehabilitate the country's longstanding appalling human rights record.

More Than 100 Teens Have Been Sentenced To Die In Iran

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 01.28.2016 | World

At least 160 young Iranians are currently awaiting execution and 73 others have been put to death between 2005 and 2015, a chilling new report from Am...

Photographer Leila Alaoui's Death In Terror Attack Shows Journalism's Danger

The Huffington Post | Judah Robinson | Posted 01.21.2016 | Media

The death of Leila Alaoui, a world-acclaimed photographer on assignment in the West African nation of Burkina Faso who was killed this week in a terro...

How Apple Profits From A System That Abuses Children -- And Why It's So Hard To Stop

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 01.25.2016 | Technology

A new report from Amnesty International suggests that companies including Apple, Samsung and Sony are profiting from child labor in Africa -- and no o...