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In Guatemala, Victims Commemorate the Third Anniversary of the Genocide Verdict

Jo-Marie Burt | Posted 05.19.2016 | World
Jo-Marie Burt

The revered Latin American writer Eduardo Galeano wrote these words a few months after the events he alludes to: On May 10, 2013, 30 years after the crimes were committed, former dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity against the Maya Ixil population and sentenced to 80 years is prison.

The Harrowing Story Of Filipina Women Enslaved In Japan's Wartime Rape Camps

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 05.20.2016 | World

It has taken M. Evelina Galang almost 20 years to chronicle one of her nation's greatest traumas. It's the story of how women finally broke their sile...

Venezuela's Right Wing Confesses to 17 years of Political Delinquency: The Amnesty Bill

Dr Francisco Dominguez | Posted 03.08.2016 | World
Dr Francisco Dominguez

Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes could not imagine how correct he was when he said that the challenge a Latin American writer faced was to produce fiction that was more extraordinary than reality itself.

Human Rights in Uruguay: Democracy, Decency and Impunity

Noam Schimmel | Posted 02.17.2016 | World
Noam Schimmel

Uruguayan democracy will be incomplete and at odds with fundamental and non-derogable international human rights law until Uruguay confronts its past honestly, openly, and without repression.

The Hopeless State of Brazil

Gabriel Ruas Santos Rocha | Posted 02.01.2016 | World
Gabriel Ruas Santos Rocha

During a recent visit to Porto Alegre, my hometown in Brazil, I went to the supermarket for groceries. As my turn at the checkout approached my phone ...

Silver Heads for Slammer in Major New York Corruption Case

Frank Vogl | Posted 12.02.2015 | Crime
Frank Vogl

The need for honest politicians serving the public's interests is at the core of the American system of democracy. Nevertheless, in the U.S., as in every country, politics and corruption too often go hand-in-hand.

Sexual Violence: From the Exam Room to the Courtroom and the Bumpy Road in Between

Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS | Posted 12.01.2015 | World
Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS

To mark this year's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25, 2105) and the ensuing 16 days of activism, I wanted...

Ending the Drug War Tragedy: From Honduras to NYC

Ted Lewis | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
Ted Lewis

As we traveled and spoke with organizations and leaders across Honduras we encountered deep opposition to the militarization and corruption of public life that have accompanied the drug war.

A Most Deadly Profession

PEN American Center | Posted 08.21.2015 | World
PEN American Center

The cases of Ruben Espinosa, Gao Yu, and Sandeep Kothari demonstrate the worrying power of governments to crush freedom of expression. Methods of silencing journalists have moved beyond rigged judicial systems to extralegal harassment, attack, and even murder.

Mexico: Shooting the Messengers Will Leave Us All in the Dark

Carlos K. Zazueta | Posted 08.14.2015 | Latino Voices
Carlos K. Zazueta

This kind of crime deeply saddens us, but, what's worse, it spreads fear. As ordinary Mexicans, we deserve better. We deserve to see justice delivered. We are not going to be left blinded, silent and in the dark.

After 21 Years of Impunity, Trial on Terrorist Attack Cover-up in Argentina Begins

Gastón Chillier | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
Gastón Chillier

After years of frustration and disappointment, AMIA victims and their families, will finally get to see former Argentine President Carlos Menem, a former intelligence chief, ex-judge Galeano, two former federal prosecutors, a high-ranking federal police chief, and seven others stand trial.

Is the Woman Sleeping on the Train Alone?

Maria Alejandra Casale-Hardin | Posted 07.31.2015 | Women
Maria Alejandra Casale-Hardin

The decision to sleep on a train is yours to make. The fact that I was asleep does not, in any way, excuse the drunk man's behavior. We need to respect people, especially in our shared spaces. We need people to keep speaking up. Not only for ourselves but for those around us as well -- we are not alone!

About Why So Many Photographers Hate Richard Prince

Giovanni Savino | Posted 05.27.2016 | Arts
Giovanni Savino

Shall we end up condoning thieves, rapists, pedophiles and killers based on the conceptual lalaland of a few arrogant, financially powerful trendsetters and unscrupulous merchants?

Egyptian Minister: There Are No Red Lines, Only Yellow Ones

Committee to Protect Journalists | Posted 04.22.2015 | Media
Committee to Protect Journalists

After a series of high-level meetings to discuss press freedom concerns with Egyptian officials in Cairo earlier this month, it was heartening to hear that journalists Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed had been granted bail.

Is the International Community Abandoning the Fight Against Impunity?

David Tolbert | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
David Tolbert

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and more than a decade after the establishment of the International Criminal Court, shockingly little is being done to stop massive human rights abuses. The prospects of victims receiving justice, let alone bringing perpetrators to account, seem ever more remote.

Could Torture Report Be First Step to Ending U.S. War Crimes?

Nicolas J.S. Davies | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Nicolas J.S. Davies

The torture of 119 people by the CIA is the tip of an iceberg of systematic war crimes that have become a defining characteristic of America's role in the world.

90 Percent Of Journalists' Killers Are Never Punished

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 10.28.2014 | Media

One of the greatest impediments to press freedom around the world is impunity in the murder of journalists, according to a study released Tuesday by t...

Mexican Government -- Tell Us the Truth -- Where are the Ayotzinapa 43?

Ted Lewis | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Ted Lewis

Among the hundreds of thousands of Mexicans pouring into the streets or protesting at Mexican consulates around the world, few doubt that it means the horrid nexus of collaboration between police, military, and criminal actors has come out into the open.

Absence of Accountability Key Obstacle to Democratic Transitions in Middle East and North Africa

David Tolbert | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
David Tolbert

What are the obstacles to democratic transition in the Arab world? It is a critical question, as the lives and well-being of millions of people are at stake.

ONE ON ONE: Luis Moreno Ocampo On Syria And War Crimes

Katherine Keating | Posted 06.22.2014 | World
Katherine Keating

luis In this ONE ON ONE interview, Ocampo explains that in 1998, 120 states decided to end impunity of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole. The ICC is, in his words, the "first 21st century institution serving the world." Ocampo stresses that the global community must rally behind the court in order to help it achieve its aims. "We need to create a community around the court," he states. "Because the ICC is fighting people in power, of course we create controversies. That's good." Ocampo says that without creating controversy, the court would not be doing its job.

Haiti: In the Kingdom of Impunity

Michael Deibert | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Michael Deibert

There are many striking sights to be seen in Haiti today. In the north of the country, where over 200 years ago a revolt of slaves began that would ev...

Free Press Prerequisite for Success of Egyptian Revolution

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 04.07.2014 | Media
Daoud Kuttab

The success of the new Egypt is no doubt dependent on many political factors. However, no real democracy or legitimacy can be won if everyone is expected to support the rulers only. Dissent, pluralism and different points of view are essential to guarantee democratic rule.

Jailed For Asking Who, What, Where and Why

Eric Matthies | Posted 04.04.2014 | Media
Eric Matthies

Forty in Turkey. Thirty five in Iran. Thirty two in China. Two in Russia. One in the United States. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), those numbers represent only some of the imprisoned journalists in 2013.

Anti-Corruption Is Marching Ahead

Frank Vogl | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Frank Vogl

As hundreds of millions of people, many very poor, across most of the world obtain Internet connections, see web-based news that governments find hard to censor, even in China, so the pressures on authorities to attack graft mounts.

Journalists View Human Rights Through a Prism of Impunity

Tricia Todd | Posted 02.08.2014 | Media
Tricia Todd

As we reflect upon the meaning of a day to respect Human Rights, we must insist on justice for all of those who have been killed, for those who are still held captive and for those under threat, merely for their efforts to stand up for basic rights.