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Erdogan's Fall From Grace

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.25.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The steady erosion of sociopolitical conditions, the growing restrictions on free speech and the pervasiveness of the governing Justice and Development (AK) Party created deep anxiety and fear among the general public as they witnessed the gradual transformation of their country from a democracy to a police state.

U.S. Intervention and Colombia's Record Displacements

Dan Kovalik | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Dan Kovalik

What the U.S. has had "going on" in Colombia for decades is massive military involvement, both overt and covert, though one would hardly know from the lack of media attention on this issue.

Matt Ferner

U.S. Deports Tens Of Thousands Each Year For Minor Drug Crimes

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tens of thousands of people are deported each year for minor drug offenses, even if they served their time long ago, because of draconia...

10 Films Every Human Rights Advocate Should Watch

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 06.17.2015 | Arts

The stars of this year's Human Rights Watch Film Festival are as eclectic and awe-inspiring as ever -- a gang of 18 revolutionary cows in a Palestinia...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

With ISIS At Its Door, Kurdistan Struggles To Accommodate Sunni Arabs And Yazidis

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Asked about Kurdistan in Iraq, the autonomous region that has become the United States' favored partner on the ground against the Islami...

Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions: A Movement The United Church Of Christ Should Reject

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 06.05.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

The General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC), meeting later this month, will consider two resolutions calling for divestment from Israel and another labeling the Israeli treatment of Palestinians as akin to "Apartheid."

Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Chutzpah

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Jonathan Marshall

It's hard to be shocked by anything that happens in the Middle East, but this act of chutzpah comes close: Saudi Arabia is lobbying to head the United Nations Human Rights Council when the current German president's term expires at the end of this year, according to Le Tribune de Genève.

The Criminalization of People With Mental Illness in America: A Matter of Human Rights

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

It is beyond time to reject criminalization as an acceptable substitute for the funding and development of qualitative and recovery focused community based systems of care. It is time to recognize that America's human stain -- is one of basic human rights.

Sudan's Prospects for Reform

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.22.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

In spite of declarations to pursue reform following South Sudan's secession from Sudan in 2011, the political landscape in Sudan has remained bleak, with the government of Omar al-Bashir continuing to repress the country's marginalized populations.

Zach Carter

Human Trafficking Still Plagues Obama's Trade Ambitions

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on Tuesday threatened to do "everything possible to have a floor fight" if President Barack Obama undercut...

Post Mortem on Gaza

Fred Abrahams | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Fred Abrahams

Nine months since the end of major fighting in Gaza, a dispute still rages over how and why so many civilians died -- 1,563, according to the United Nations. Recently the Israeli organization Breaking the Silence entered the debate.

Who Will Tell Our Stories?

Aaron Elster | Posted 06.28.2015 | Impact
Aaron Elster

Every man, woman and child has a story. For some it is found in the most unlikely of places, during one of the most horrific of times, where actions of a few meant life versus death. Mine is a story of survival: my own and my family's.

Does Fast Track Supporter Earl Blumenauer Also Support Israeli Settlements?

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

From the point of view of the administration, Blumenauer is an extremely rare commodity: a House Democrat who supports the Ryan-Hatch fast track legislation.

New Measures Help Offenders Who Can't Afford Fines, Legal Fees Avoid Cycle Of Debtors' Prison

New York Times | TINA ROSENBERG | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact

When Jack Dawley returned in 2007 to his hometown, Norwalk, Ohio, after eight years in prison and on parole in Wisconsin, he knew getting by would be ...

HRW's Kenneth Roth Lambasted for Tweeting 'Fabricated' Photo of Saudi Arabia

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.12.2015 | Media
Faisal J. Abbas

Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth came under fire this week after posting a photo on Twitter in what users called a "fabricated" picture of Saudi Arabia.

UAE Embarks on Global Campaign to Market Its Brand of Autocracy

James Dorsey | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The United Arab Emirates has embarked on an all-out effort to broaden its regional influence and achieve global acceptance of its autocratic definition of terrorism that encompasses all non-violent, legitimate expressions of political Islam.

Here's What's Being Done To Get Child Laborers Working 16-Hour Days Off Of U.S. Tobacco Fields

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact

Advocates are speaking out on behalf of child workers' health and well-being after a bill that would have regulated Virginia's tobacco farming industr...

Will the U.S. Government Stand Alone in Rejecting Children's Rights?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 04.11.2015 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Treaty ratification requires support from two-thirds of the U.S. Senate―a level of support that has been lacking thanks to Republican Party opposition and, especially, the fierce hostility of the conservative Republican base, including groups like the Christian Coalition, the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, and the John Birch Society.

The Death Sentence That Could Inflame Sectarian Tensions Across the Middle East

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Last October, Saudi Arabia's Special Criminal Court sentenced Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr -- a popular Shi'ite cleric and outspoken political dissident -- to death.

Sophia Jones

Human Rights Watch Slams Rampant Torture And Abuse In Egyptian Prisons

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 01.21.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- Egyptian authorities have blood on their hands, Human Rights Watch said in a damning report published Wednesday that detailed scores of de...

Leaked Report Says World Bank Violated Own Rules in Ethiopia

ICIJ | Sasha Chavkin | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business

This article was reported by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a Washington DC-based global network of 185 reporters in 65 co...

The Price of Standing Up for Rights in Saudi Arabia

Adam Coogle | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Adam Coogle

Many times over the past year, I've wondered whether Saudi Arabia's relentless campaign against independent activists and peaceful dissidents could get any worse, yet authorities have always managed to find a new low.

A Tale of Two Countries: Cuba and Vietnam

Llewellyn King | Posted 03.02.2015 | World
Llewellyn King

One way or the other, the United States has this choice: Maintain the servitude in Cuba that the brothers Castro have been able to blame on U.S. policy since 1960, or let the force of openness prevail.

President Obama Touts Partnership With Egypt's Military Regime: Yet Repression Continues Unabated

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.19.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

In any case, Washington's influence is limited: The Sisi regime will do whatever it believes necessary to retain power. Whatever America does, Egypt is likely to end up without liberty or stability. Washington should step back from a crisis that it can't resolve.

Waiting for the Outrage About Congo Massacres in Beni

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 02.17.2015 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

Those of us with emotional and friendship ties to the Congo have been waiting. We have been waiting for the outrage, or at least some western media coverage after reports of massacres in the Beni area of North Kivu began to trickle out in October.