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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.

Bend the Immigration Arc Toward Justice

Alison Parker | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Alison Parker

I have taken calls from seriously hysterical family members -- incredibly traumatized people -- sobbing on the phone, crying out, "I don't know where my son or husband is!"

The Insein Strikers Need Solidarity

Matthew Smith | Posted 07.25.2011 | World
Matthew Smith

On Saturday, 17 male inmates in Burma's Insein Prison joined at least five women who had been on a hunger strike since May 17. This bold and risky move comes on the heels of a "general amnesty" for 14,600 prisoners freed last week.

Nigeria's Lagos Governor Fashola an Extraordinary and Visionary Leader

Amb. Robin Renee Sanders | Posted 07.20.2011 | World
Amb. Robin Renee Sanders

I had the honor of personally co-hosting a luncheon on May 16 for the newly re-elected governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) at the Army-Navy Club in Washington, D.C.

Muslim Brotherhood in the Gulf: An Attempt To Steal the Show

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 07.10.2011 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

The governments of the Arab Gulf states have been skeptical of the Arab Spring. For many political observers this skepticism stemmed from the fact tha...

A Matter of Civil Rights

Sarah Leah Whitson | Posted 06.15.2011 | World
Sarah Leah Whitson

In a week when the U.S. paused to recall the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, President Peres might have considered King's message and why such a system of racial inequality remains in place.

Human Rights Watch Nominated for Three Webby Awards

Human Rights Watch | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Human Rights Watch

Visual Projects Spotlight Crises in Congo, Burma, Colombia (New York) -- Three multimedia projects spotlighting global rights crises produced by Huma...

Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, on the State and Future of Human Rights Philanthropy and Policy

Rahim Kanani | Posted 06.12.2011 | World
Rahim Kanani

I interviewed Roth on the state of giving today, George Soros' recent $100M gift to his organization, the International Criminal Court, Obama's foreign policy, the future of human rights, and much more.

Hunger Strike Declared by Bahrain Human Rights Activist

Leah McElrath | Posted 06.12.2011 | World
Leah McElrath

Zainab al-Khawaja is grateful she and her family had some warning about her father's coming arrest by government security forces in Bahrain. She's gra...

Bob Dylan's Asia Tour: Has Freedom Lost Its Voice?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.11.2011 | Entertainment
John W. Whitehead

The news that Bob Dylan would embark on a concert tour of Asia had many waiting to see what, if anything, he would say to audiences long oppressed by their governments. So far, the so-called voice of freedom has remained mute.

Egyptian Media Purges Continue, Critics Call for Total Overhaul

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.07.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

The ax is falling and heads are rolling in Egyptian media to rid once stodgy state-run organizations of deadwood noted for hampering professional and balanced news reporting.

Time to Reset the Human Rights Agenda

Ben S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben S. Cohen

A segment of the human rights community has lost sight of the original purpose of human rights advocacy. There is, however, a new organization that might be capable of resetting the moral compass.

Higher Education's Dirty Little Secret

Arvind Ganesan | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Arvind Ganesan

Western universities are undoubtedly under pressure to find financial support, but this does not mean they should allow abusive and corrupt foreign dictators, officials or their families launder their images in exchange for money.