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Hillary Swank Regrets Attending Chechen Concert

AP | By MANSUR MIROVALEV | Posted 12.13.2011 | World

MOSCOW -- Hollywood celebrity Hilary Swank said she "deeply regrets" visiting a concert held on the birthday of the Kremlin-backed Chechen leader, who...

Faces of Change, Women Activists on the Front Lines: Leyla Yunus

Kiri Westby | Posted 12.10.2011 | Women
Kiri Westby

How would you react if you had five minutes to evacuate your home, all the while knowing the destruction was taking place because you had the audacity to speak the truth?

Africa and the International Criminal Court: Is Global Justice Blind?

Michelle Chen | Posted 12.10.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

When several prominent Kenyans appeared before the ICC recently, they were judged by a legal standard that no one should be above. But to critics, the court itself isn't above politics that too often get in the way of real justice.

Rights Group: 13 Military Leaders Commited War Crimes In Ivory Coast

AP | By LAURA BURKE | Posted 12.05.2011 | World

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- An international rights group says in a Thursday report that 13 military leaders from both sides of Ivory Coast's political di...

No More Mr. Nice Guy -- Europeans Force Vote on Syria at UN

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 12.05.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Tuesday's proceedings showed divisions among Security Council members severe enough to be uttered in an open session. They also pointed to a future deadlock on Middle East issues as well as human rights violations elsewhere in the world.

National Cashew Day: More Than Nuts

Joe Amon | Posted 12.03.2011 | World
Joe Amon

Vietnam advertises itself as a tourist paradise and low-cost hub for manufacturing. But unless the government ends the torture and forced labor of drug users in the name of "treatment," it may be equally well known as well as the source of "blood cashews."

Study: Colombia Anti-Union Violence Undeterred

AP | FRANK BAJAK | Posted 12.02.2011 | Latino Voices

BOGOTA, Colombia — A new study challenges claims from the administration of President Barack Obama that Colombia is making important strides in ...

Children With Disabilities: Please Stay Home

Shantha Rau Barriga | Posted 11.21.2011 | World
Shantha Rau Barriga

Imagine for a moment that you are the father of a 13-year old girl with autism, living in Nepal. You approach public and private schools alike and are repeatedly told that the school can't handle your child.

PHOTOS: At Least 13 Mass Graves Discovered In Libya (WARNING: Graphic Content)

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.14.2011 | World

GENEVA -- The International Committee of the Red Cross says at least 13 mass graves have been found in Libya over the past three weeks. The Geneva-...

From Condoms to the Pill: Trust, Control and Violence

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 11.01.2011 | Women
Marianne Mollmann

Putting more contraceptive options on the table, also for men, is a social good. But as I mentally review the testimonies of the hundreds of women I have spoken to about their lack of autonomy in contraceptive use, I find women's right to birth control neither inevitable nor sad.

Human Rights Group: Pro-Gaddafi Forces Slaughtered Detainees As Rebels Entered Tripoli

AP | Posted 10.27.2011 | World

TRIPOLI, Libya (The Associated Press) -- -- A man has told The Associated Press he survived a massacre by Moammar Gadhafi loyalists who opened fire on...

Time for New Approach to Burma: War Crimes Mounting

Matthew Smith | Posted 09.21.2011 | World
Matthew Smith

Last week, human rights groups released a damning report documenting how ordinary Burmese convicts are brutally forced by the state to carry heavy munitions and supplies for the Burma Army, acting as human shields.

Pledging Allegiance in Bahrain

Dan Williams | Posted 09.18.2011 | World
Dan Williams

Allegiance "events" have been held all over the island kingdom, where citizens lined up dutifully to sign the pledge. No reports yet on whether the campaign includes prisons, where hundreds of political protestors and dissidents are held.

Human Rights Watch Calls for Bush Administration Officials to Be Tried for Torture

Democracy Now! | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! interviewed Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, about a new report calling on the U.S. government to launch a broad criminal investigation into alleged crimes of torture.

Ai Weiwei: Artist, Dissident and ... Tax Evader?

Elizabeth Lynch | Posted 08.30.2011 | World
Elizabeth Lynch

If Ai Weiwei is determined to be a "personnel directly in charge" of the Beijing Fake Cultural Development Ltd. he could potentially be criminally and economically liable.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival: An Interview with Andrea Holley

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 08.29.2011 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

The creators of the festival were seeking to raise awareness in a way that Human Rights Watch's research and reports could not -- in a way that spoke to people on an emotional and personal level.

PHOTOS: Human Rights Watch Looks At Libya's Forgotten Civilian Refugees

Posted 08.23.2011 | World

Libya's ongoing uprising continues to dominate the global media, with the nation's embattled band of rebels continuing to generate headlines. But now,...

China Is Hurting Its Future By Not Acting on Lead Poisoning

Joe Amon | Posted 08.22.2011 | World
Joe Amon

Failing to enforce existing environmental regulations and meet health and human rights obligations now will in the end cost China far more -- in renminbi and in lives.

Toward A New Côte d'Ivoire -- or the Selective Justice of the Past?

Matt Wells | Posted 08.22.2011 | World
Matt Wells

The message was the same to the residents: to create a new Côte d'Ivoire, the abuse must stop, and the government must ensure justice by prosecuting the people responsible, regardless of who they are or whom they support.

Without Freedom of Expression, the Egyptian Revolution Wouldn't be Complete

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 08.15.2011 | Media
Faisal J. Abbas

As much as one would like to end the story by saying "...and the people of Egypt lived happily ever after", it might just be too premature to say so.

Making Noise About Violence and Women

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 08.09.2011 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

The clearest success factor in interventions on domestic violence seems to be societal. The violence continues where it is ignored and abates where it is stigmatized.

Facts Are a Dictator's Worst Enemy; and a Journalist's Best Friend

Kati Marton | Posted 08.06.2011 | World
Kati Marton

There has perhaps never been a time when we needed to speak truth not only to power, but to the millions of people who are connected in our wired world. That is the role of journalists -- my chosen field. I have never regarded that role as morally neutral.

Release Josh and Shane -- and All Prisoners of Conscience in the Islamic Republic

Trita Parsi | Posted 08.06.2011 | World
Trita Parsi

Those who are holding Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer are not only violating their human rights, they are also violating Iranian law. This charade must end.

Lobbying: There's An App For That

Roll Call | May 26, 2011 | Posted 08.01.2011 | Politics

The rock-musician-turned-activist Bono wants you to know: You, too, can be a lobbyist, and all you need is an iPhone....

A Living Hell: LGBT Iranians And The Islamic State

Joseph Ward III | Posted 08.01.2011 | World
Joseph Ward III

The Islamic Penal Code and other institutions across the country designed around religious doctrine have proven incapable of supporting a standard of human rights acceptable in today's world.