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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...

Kigali's Secret Shame

Darcy Ataman | Posted 11.22.2015 | World
Darcy Ataman

This unofficial prison of Kigali was recently the focus of a report released by Human Rights Watch, which details the practice of randomly arresting the poor and disenfranchised of the city, including petty thieves, street workers, suspected political dissidents and orphaned children.

Repression Unbound: Egypt Under Sisi

David Mepham | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
David Mepham

Under the leadership of President al-Sisi, Egypt is engaged in an unprecedented crackdown on opposition, entrenching the authoritarian state that so many Egyptians bravely revolted against in 2011. David Cameron -- who hosts President al-Sisi this week -- should not be allowed to brush these issues aside.

Saudi Arabia Is Set to Crucify Pro-democracy Teenage Protester

Michael Sainato | Posted 11.04.2015 | World
Michael Sainato

Al-Nimr was tortured into giving a false confession, never had a lawyer, had his appeal done in secret without his knowledge. A criminal justice system as medieval and gruesome as this should not exist in the world today.

On Human Rights Advocacy: We Must Be Brave in Our Attempts to Effect Change

Paras Shah | Posted 10.30.2015 | World
Paras Shah

A deep stigma toward disability coupled with a lack of resources and cultural beliefs around mental health conditions have contributed to the conditions for widespread abuse in West Africa.

Kurdistan's Slow Rolling Coup d'état

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

A capital city in Iraq is in turmoil. The government has been hit hard by collapsing oil prices and is under pressure from an array of activist groups to reveal the fate of missing oil revenues, and be far more transparent.

'Uber For Activists' Connects Dissidents With Skilled Professionals

The Huffington Post | Krithika Varagur | Posted 11.17.2015 | Impact

Update: The Huffington Post has partnered with to publish activist blogs from places like Iran and Syria. You can read them all he...

Subway Dreams: Disability, Inclusion and Identity in New York

Paras Shah | Posted 09.29.2015 | New York
Paras Shah

I hope to work with governments, and partner with other organizations and advocates for people with disabilities to remove barriers and promote equity.

Western Media's Miscount of Saudi Arabia's Syrian Refugees

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 09.23.2015 | 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."

More Bad News Emerges About Shiite Militias Central To ISIS Fight

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mostly Shiite militias who are at the core of the Iraqi government's strategy to combat the Islamic State group and have worked alongsi...

Guinea Liberate

David Mixner | Posted 09.01.2015 | Gay Voices
David Mixner

In order to deflect from its record of torture and lack of any human rights, the government has attempted to make the LGBT community and women scapegoats. These two groups have suffered greatly under the current government and the military.

What the West Should Understand About Human Rights in the Emirates

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Mohammed Fairouz

Human rights have been a curious case when it comes to the UAE and the other Gulf Arab states for quite some time. The most widely reported concerns in the Emirates have had to do with workers in Dubai, the UAE's second city.

Safe Zones In Name Only

Bill Frelick | Posted 08.21.2015 | World
Bill Frelick

While the U.S. has emphasized its commitment to supporting an ISIS-free zone on the Turkish border, it has categorically rejected putting U.S. troops on the ground or declaring and enforcing a no-fly zone.

The Fight To Document The ISIS Massacre Of The Yazidis

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.15.2015 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with Christoph Wilcke about the...

Republican Debate Shows Delusional Sabre-Rattling Foreign Policy

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

The Republican Party doesn't seem to understand the fact that threats to the United States originate from the actions of human beings. These human beings resort to violence when they are marginalized by society to the point where they believe that the only way to better their country is to work around the democratic system through violence.

Rights Groups Say New World Bank Proposal Endangers People And Environment

The Huffington Post | Michael W. Hudson | Posted 08.07.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The World Bank’s latest proposal for redoing its standards for financing dams and other big projects represents a “dangero...

U.S.-Backed Assault on Yemen Putting Over 20 Million Lives At Risk: Where Is the Outrage?

Dan Kovalik | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

The unfolding human rights catastrophe in Yemen is but another example of the U.S.'s brutal and equally inexplicable foreign policy, its cynical posture towards human rights, and the main stream media's utter failure to hold the U.S. accountable on such questions.

In Iraq and Syria, Kurdistan Fighting ISIS Isn't Exactly Prince Charming

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 07.27.2015 | World
Anhvinh Doanvo

It turns out that the Kurds aren't our perfect match. They will be no exception to the trend, with their massive human rights violations, political conflict with Syrians and Iraqis, and destabilizing role in the Middle East.

For World's Worst Crimes, Justice Really Matters

Elise Keppler | Posted 07.16.2015 | World
Elise Keppler

July 17, International Justice Day, is a reminder both of how difficult it is to bring the people responsible for the world's worst crimes to justice and of how crucially important it is not to give up.

An Al-Jazeera Journalist, His Wedding, And His Words

Ahmed Charai | Posted 07.12.2015 | World
Ahmed Charai

I believe in a future in which Muslim spiritual leaders and Islamist activists no longer view their faith or their fellow Muslims in these terms -- and where those Westerners who believe in fairness, equality and justice for all open their hearts to all the peoples of the region, not just a privileged few.

The Wrong Message to Vietnam

John Sifton | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
John Sifton

President Obama should not be rewarding rights abuses on this scale by meeting with Secretary General Trong. But if he must, he needs to raise the volume on the human rights concerns -- especially so if the two countries are planning to announce a new level in their diplomatic ties.

Standing at the Crossroads of Violence and Human Rights

Jonathan Horowitz | Posted 07.01.2015 | Books
Jonathan Horowitz

Violence All Around invites readers to see through John Sifton's eyes as he wanders through conflict zones investigating human rights abuses asking age old questions: why do we inflict violence on each other, and how can it be stopped, or at least reduced?

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 | 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...