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Burma Today: What the Aung San Suu Kyi Victory Means

Jack Healey | Posted 01.03.2016 | World
Jack Healey

Much like the citizens of Chile in 1990, the Burmese got tired of the military running and ruining their nation and they did something about it this year. The people voted, and Aung San Suu Kyi won (again) by a massive majority.

Chen Shui Bian at Home, but for How Long?

Jack Healey | Posted 04.25.2015 | Impact
Jack Healey

The point here is not to debate the validity of Taiwan's independence or lack thereof but to assert that Chen Shui Bian should not suffer any longer for his own political platform and beliefs, and to argue that government institutions set up to protect diversity should not be used to stifle opposing voices.

Kennedy Center Honoree Sting Deserves Highest Regard for His Work In Human Rights

Jack Healey | Posted 04.11.2015 | Impact
Jack Healey

The 11-hour closing show in Giants Stadium was filmed live by MTV--its first ever. The Police were the closing band. At the end of his set, Sting handed his guitar over to Adam of U2 to signal their new rise. It was a gesture of grace and beauty for all to see.

The CIA Dipped Our Flag into the Dirt

Jack Healey | Posted 03.20.2015 | Impact
Jack Healey

We Americans must ask ourselves why we are not clear enough; why we are not serious enough; why we are not decent enough to call the American torturers into court and give the victims a chance to look at their violators?

I WILL: Call for Leonard Peltier Clemency

Jack Healey | Posted 03.07.2015 | Impact
Jack Healey

Leonard Peltier has been in prison since 1977 in spite of overwhelming calls for clemency. It is enough now. Clemency is long past due for Leonard Peltier.

Vengeance in Taiwan

Jack Healey | Posted 03.01.2015 | Impact
Jack Healey

Time has arrived for mercy and compassion. The future of Taiwan should not put this blot on their record in 2015. Allowing an ailing man to go home is easy. Medical opinion must be observed. Allowing him to die in jail will never die in the history of Taiwan.

Burma's Slave or Burma's Save: Democratic Reforms, Human Rights, and the Reluctant Generals of Myanmar

Jack Healey | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Jack Healey

In Burma, if one were to mention "the election" on the street this morning, the listener would likely not conjure up concern for the productivity and potential of Obama's final two years holding office, but rather of the possibility of Aung San Suu Kyi holding it and being able to create durable and sustainable reconciliation in a divided nation.

Ebola Panic and Human Rights: Racism and Public Health in the United States @HuffPostBlog

Jack Healey | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Human rights would be empowered by a proportional and rational response, but knee-jerk fear has a history of racism in this country when it comes to public health. Unfortunately, current media reactions, prevalent in mainstream and social media, are fanning flames of xenophobia in America and withholding care from those that need it most.

Mad Monks: Wirathu, Sri Lanka, and Diverting Democracy in Burma

Jack Healey | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Human rights are for all, and Burma's freedoms have been long fought for both inside the country and internationally that sought to increase freedoms and not to merely switch roles in a game of oppression. Let us move forward for human rights for all and to realizing the dream of the UDHR.

Ma Lies While Chen Dies: Ugly Party Politics on a Beautiful Island

Jack Healey | Posted 11.23.2014 | World
Jack Healey

Once again, it's time to look at Taiwan. Unfortunately, there is still a need to call for freedom from prison for Chen Shui-bian and a need to call out Ma Ying-jeou (the most unpopular president in Taiwan's history) to stop abusing human rights principles for shameful political hunts.

Without Reservations: Supporting Human Rights for Native Americans

Jack Healey | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

We think that times are good for American Indians in this country but we fail to look at the very real and very grave problems that actually persist across the lives of native peoples today.

Humor, Hope, and Human Rights: On the Loss of Robin Williams

Jack Healey | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

He had a legion of fans who found him a fountain for laughter, but he also had a number of us who knew him as a wellspring for support for human rights and human dignity.

Human Rights Are for All Folks: Security and Liberty

Jack Healey | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Trying to trade away values and principles that should be cherished does not make America safer, but only makes enemies abroad and diminishes America everywhere.

Female Troubles: Women's Rights as Human Rights

Jack Healey | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

How can anyone fail to recognize that the advancement and protection of women's full equality is a requisite to any future for human rights? No country nor international body has done enough to realize equality. With just over half of humankind being female, we can not wait any longer.

Manifest Delusion: Debunking American Exceptionalism to Protect Human Rights

Jack Healey | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

As a country, we have continued to lose standing throughout the world as a legitimate voice for human rights, as a responsible member of a community of nations, as an arbiter of peace, or as a party protective of the planet. We have seen our standing reduced from a beacon of freedom to a beacon of financial self-interest.

Ladies and Generals in Burma and Thailand: Forward and Backward Progress in Human Rights

Jack Healey | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
Jack Healey

Without real and continuing steps towards resolving problems and the will to stay the course for human rights and civil liberties, the country will become darker than ever.

Revolvers: Blurred Lines Between Human Rights Organizations and the State Department

Jack Healey | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Jack Healey

Helping is now big business. Human rights groups have become big industries with big salaries. While I do not believe activism is better with poorly paid staff, the focus should be on helping others rather than personal gain.

On Universal Human Rights: Navi Pillay, Prince Zeid, and Keeping a Strong Voice at the United Nations

Jack Healey | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

We hope that Prince Zeid is prepared to be as inclusive and courageous as Navi Pillay in mandating the truly universal nature of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for all of the planet.

Chen Shui-bian, Prison, and the Human Rights Choice Facing Taiwan

Jack Healey | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

By the end of the year, Taiwan's first (and to date, only) opposition president will have been held in detention or prison for seven years.

Everybody Counts, Except in Burma's Census

Jack Healey | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

In the formal exclusion of all Rohingya by identity and all conflict zones in Kachin State, the validity of the entire census is called into sharp question.

Twenty Five Years After Tiananmen

Jack Healey | Posted 08.03.2014 | World
Jack Healey

The Tiananmen Square Massacre occurred 25 years ago, with troops moving into Beijing and the Square by late on the morning of June 3 and with a full assault going on by the early hours of June 4.

On a Human Rights Attitude and Advocacy: The Gregory-Chappelle (or Angelou-Baldwin) Doctrine

Jack Healey | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Take Angelou's injunction seriously with regard to human rights and keep your anger to defend them and march it and vote it and let your representatives know that you intend to do so, wherever you may be.

Truth, Justice, and Accountability: The Luck of the Irish?

Jack Healey | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Jack Healey

Let the memory of Abu Ghraib be a cautionary warning to all citizens everywhere of the need to protect human rights even in times of war. Let accountability have a form and a process and let the outcome be reconciliation.

An American Retreat from Human Rights?

Jack Healey | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Jack Healey

We should be ashamed of the way we treat human rights standards right now and we should be ashamed at the way we treat our soldiers and veterans. We deserve better and we can do it with a united voice.

Sunflowers, Symbols, and Nukes: A 2014 Taiwan Primer

Jack Healey | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Only a month or so after the Sunflower Movement willingly ended their occupation of the Taiwanese legislature, there is another mass movement afoot, this one demanding an end to the attempts to complete another nuclear power plant on the island.