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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 05.28.2015 | 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.

A Progressive Perspective: Why Congress Should Approve the President's Request to Punish the Use of Chemical Weapons

Robert Creamer | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

History will judge us harshly, if we stand by idly, and legitimate the use of chemical weapons -- and weapons of mass destruction in general -- by allowing their use in the view of the full world to go unpunished.

Committing Acts of Journalism

Tricia Todd | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Tricia Todd

Shield Laws aren't simply for protecting journalists and their sources, they are to ensure the ability for investigative journalism to continue informing the public and strengthening democracy. Cherry picking who gets protected is another way of criminalizing journalism.

Lessons From the Boston Bombing: A Global View

Balakrishnan Rajagopal | Posted 06.23.2013 | World
Balakrishnan Rajagopal

No one can assure a perfectly safe future. Public spaces in democratic countries will always be risky, but they do not need to become murderous. It is within our power to reduce the chances of future attacks if we live by our own ideals and promises, and treat others not as lesser humans.

ICC Indictee Set to Travel to Ethiopia

Mariana Rodriguez Pareja | Posted 05.11.2013 | World
Mariana Rodriguez Pareja

The UN needs to take tougher action on member states that deliberately disrespect their obligations. This will hopefully deter other suspects from Darfur, Sudan from visiting other member states of the UN.

Washington's War-Makers Aren't 'in a Bubble,' They're in a Bunker

Norman Solomon | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

With the tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasion coming up next month, we can expect a surge of explanations for what made that catastrophe possible.

Human Rights in Serbia

John Feffer | Posted 04.02.2013 | World
John Feffer

One of the major problems plaguing the Balkans in particular is impunity. People commit crimes, and they get away with it.

Al Bashir, One More Year at Large

Mariana Rodriguez Pareja | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Mariana Rodriguez Pareja

The United Nations and other credible observers estimate that the wave of violence in Darfur may have killed as many as 500,000 people. We, as an international community continue to fail the victims.