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Why Jailhouse Confessions Are The Hot New Thing On Chinese TV

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan | Posted 01.20.2016 | World

BEIJING -- What’s the hottest new thing in Chinese prime time television? Nationally televised “confessions” from those who have crossed the Chi...

It's Time for Business to Take the Sons and Daughters Test

Sharan Burrow | Posted 01.20.2016 | Business
Sharan Burrow

Conversations which start in Davos, a Swiss mountain resort where governments, business, trade unions and NGO's gather at the start of every new year, can sometimes turn into a dialogue which can change the world.

Material In Your Smartphone May Have Been Mined By Child Workers

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 01.19.2016 | World

A new report alleges material found in the batteries of popular tech gadgets may stem from child labor. The report, a joint venture between Amnesty In...

UAE To Prosecute Salim Alaradi After 17 Months Of Detention Without Charge

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 01.15.2016 | World

A Canadian man of Libyan origin who has been imprisoned without charge in the United Arab Emirates for over a year will finally have his day in court ...

Madaya Shocked the World, but This Story Isn't Over

Diana Semaan | Posted 01.14.2016 | World
Diana Semaan

BEIRUT -- The media have played a pivotal role in highlighting the suffering in Madaya, but this attention must not fade away. Such attention is crucial to help ensure that further aid deliveries are allowed into Madaya, as well as all other besieged civilian areas, and that ultimately these sieges are lifted once and for all.

Saudi Executions: Beyond the Numbers

Halim Shebaya | Posted 01.12.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

Every nation that proclaims the rule of law at home must respect it abroad and every nation that insists on it abroad must enforce it at home. - Kofi...

Saudi Executions: Beyond the Numbers

Halim Shebaya | Posted 01.10.2016 | Politics
Halim Shebaya

This is a crucial point for our societies. Let us not get lost in an argument about who executes more or fewer individuals every year, as if a lower ranking signals an achievement of sorts for us to take pride in.

Republican Candidates Defend Killing Civilians to Fight Terrorism -- and so do Democrats

Stephen Zunes | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

For a number of years now, prominent Democrats have also been advocating very dangerous ideas, with Democratic leaders also defending the large-scale killing of civilians in the name of "fighting terrorism."

Beyond Bono: Music and Philanthropy

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 12.28.2015 | Entertainment
Linda Novick O'Keefe

I wish I could sing, and belt out every feeling like Nina Simone or sing a love letter to my daughter like Paul Simon. I love music and have long been impressed with the artists that enrich our world in so many ways.

Lebanon: Media Put Humanity in the Picture as Refugee Crisis Takes Hold

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.17.2015 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

If there is one country where migration is a meaningful crisis story it is Lebanon, which, according to Forbes-Statista/UNHCR, has the most refugees per 1,000 inhabitants -- 257 in mid-2014.

On Human Rights Day, Haitians Have A Message for the UN

Beatrice Lindstrom | Posted 12.11.2015 | Impact
Beatrice Lindstrom

UN peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti in 2010 by discharging untreated human waste into Haiti's largest river. Haiti now has the world's worst cholera epidemic - over 9,000 people have died and over 760,000 have sought hospital care.

Executions of Juvenile Offenders in Iran Are an Affront to Our Conscience

Amnesty International | Posted 12.09.2015 | World
Amnesty International

Iran is one of the very few countries in the world that continues to execute juveniles. At least four juvenile offenders -- including one female -- have been executed already in Iran in 2015.

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 10.20.2016 | 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 10.13.2016 | 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 10.13.2016 | 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 10.01.2016 | 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 09.29.2016 | 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 09.23.2016 | 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 09.17.2016 | 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 08.30.2016 | 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 08.27.2016 | Queer 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.