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Hearts, Minds and Dead Sunnis in Iraq

Peter Van Buren | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

A critical part of America's plan to resolve all issues left unresolved after nine years of war and occupation is to divide the indigenous Sunnis from the "foreign" Sunnis, i.e., ISIS, and "unite" Iraq.

Kingdom of Slaves

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 09.12.2014 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Since FIFA picked Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, the tiny and uber-rich Gulf emirate has increasingly come under scrutiny for its failure to protect the human rights of its burgeoning foreign workforce.

From Diagnoses to Dignity -- Barriers to Health Care for Transgender People

Kyle Knight | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Kyle Knight

From being labelled as having a disorder to shouldering the burden of some of the highest rates of violence and HIV infection in the world, the perils of daily life for transgender people are multi-layered and can inflict substantial harm, experts and activists say.

Brits' Disappearance Casts Shadow Over Qatari World Cup Efforts and Shines Light on UAE

James Dorsey | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Krisna Upadhyaya and Gundev Ghimire, British nationals of Nepalese origin, vanished in Doha as they were about to leave for the airport. They were in Qatar to investigate labour rights on behalf of the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), a Norway-based group with alleged links to the UAE.

Tell the EPA to Protect Kids From Pesticides

Margaret Wurth | Posted 08.14.2014 | Green
Margaret Wurth

Weak labor laws allow child farmworkers to work from younger ages, for longer hours, and in more hazardous conditions than children working in all other sectors. But inadequate child labor laws shouldn't keep the EPA from adopting strong protections for child farmworkers when it comes to pesticide exposure.

Sisi and the Curse of Rabaa

David Hearst | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
David Hearst

The battle to establish the truth of what happened in Cairo on 14 August last year has only just begun. Although Sisi's road to perdition may be a long one, the HRW report will ensure that the Egyptian leader will be haunted by the ghosts of his victims at Rabaa. 

Slaves to Soccer: At World Cup, Workers Lose

Sam Maron | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
Sam Maron

By glorifying the world's worst human rights offenders and endorsing them to host public displays for an international audience, we help countries like Qatar keep the profitable business of slave-keeping alive.

The Global Crisis Of Child Labor, In 1 Map

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 08.04.2014 | Business

In much of the world, childhood means being forced to go to work. There are approximately 168 million child laborers around the world, according to...

Let Eastern Ukraine Go

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

It doesn't matter. It's a small, totally irrelevant piece of land. Give the separatists a measure of autonomy.

Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Terrorism Sting Tactics Under New Scrutiny In Report, Documentaries

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The undercover terrorism stings that the FBI has conducted in the years since Sept. 11, 2001, are coming under new scrutiny this week, w...

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.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Takes Down Child Labor on Tobacco Farms

Margaret Wurth | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Margaret Wurth

I've done dozens of interviews about child labor in tobacco farming, both as the one asking the questions and the one answering them. But none of them were quite like my interview with Samantha Bee.

REPORT: Syrian Rebels Sending Child Soldiers Into Battle

Reuters | Sylvia Westall | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

BEIRUT, June 23 (Reuters) - Militant Islamist groups in Syria are recruiting children as young as 15 and sending them into battle after promising th...

America Has a Rape Problem

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Victoria A. Brownworth

We need much more than dueling hashtags and op-ed columnists debating rape on the Internet. We need a serious deconstruction of real numbers in real time.

10 Films Every Human Rights Advocate Should Watch

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 06.10.2014 | Arts

The 25th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival is set to launch next month, bringing 11 days worth of visual storytelling to theaters in New...

Guns, Germs and Healing: Attacks on Health Care on the Rise

Kyle Knight | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Kyle Knight

Experts are calling for increased protection to healthcare workers and patients in crisis situations in the face of growing attacks on health facilities, which challenge notions of their neutrality.

This Country Is Accused Of Barrel Bombing Civilians And No, It's Not Syria

Agence France Presse | | Posted 07.26.2014 | World

Iraq's government is dropping barrel bombs and may also be targeting a hospital in its battle with militants in the conflict-hit city of Fallujah, Hum...

Working in Tobacco but Too Young to Smoke

Emma Daly | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Emma Daly

Three-quarters of the children working in tobacco fields we interviewed described symptoms consistent with acute nicotine poisoning, also known as Green Tobacco Sickness.

Rape and War in South Sudan

Skye Wheeler | Posted 07.15.2014 | Women
Skye Wheeler

"It's like nothing before," one woman who saw her sister-in-law gang raped told us. She is just one of many women who have said they had been raped - ...

American Kids Are In Serious Danger Working On Big Tobacco Farms

Reuters | Posted 07.14.2014 | Business

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) - U.S. children working in domestic tobacco fields regularly suffer from breathing probl...

Syria Attacked Rebels With Chemical Weapons, Human Rights Group Claims

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 07.13.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — An international human rights group said Tuesday it has strong evidence that Syrian army helicopters dropped bombs carrying chlorine g...

Mothers Of The Missing

Jamie Lee Curtis | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Jamie Lee Curtis

The situation in Nigeria has focused us on the plight of these abducted girls, but were we blind before to this possibility? It always takes a current event to snap us out of our collective fog, to clear away the cobwebs of our own inaction and make us take notice. What can we do to help them and to make our Mother's Day mean a little more?

Arrest of Human Rights Advocate, Rodrigo Diamanti, Magnifies Abuses in Venezuela

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 07.08.2014 | Latino Voices
Stephanie Rudat

Diamanti joins a growing list of notable figures that have been incarcerated for opposing the authoritative regime of Venezuela's President, Nicolas Maduro.

Syria Accused Of Targeting Civilians

AP | Posted 06.28.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — An international rights organization says the Syrian government is indiscriminately targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure wi...

Groups Demand Release Of Journalists In Ethiopia

AP | Posted 06.28.2014 | Media

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Rights groups are calling on Ethiopia's government to release six bloggers and three journalists arrested last week. ...