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Humor, Hope, and Human Rights: On the Loss of Robin Williams

Jack Healey | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

He had a legion of fans who found him a fountain for laughter, but he also had a number of us who knew him as a wellspring for support for human rights and human dignity.

Think Tank Apologizes After Telling Amnesty International To 'Suck It' On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics

A Washington, D.C., think tank apologized on Tuesday for telling the human rights group Amnesty International to “suck it” on Twitter. Early Tu...

5 Tools for Empowering and Protecting Citizen Journalists in Ferguson

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 08.18.2014 | Technology
Melissa Jun Rowley

This post was originally published on The Toolbox, a technology and social change site founded by Peter Gabriel. Since the fatal shooting of unarm...

Amnesty International Calls For Investigation Of Ferguson Police Tactics

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics

Amnesty International is calling for an investigation of the police tactics used by police in Ferguson, Missouri, where local law enforcement have cla...

Robin Williams' Throbbing (and Reciprocated) Love of Python

Martin Lewis | Posted 08.14.2014 | Entertainment
Martin Lewis

Just as the Beatles (especially John) found a kindred spirit in singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson -- so did the Python members find a joyous soulmate in Robin Williams. It was love at first laugh. And it was a fully-consummated mutual admiration.

The Heightened Domestic Crack Down and Human Rights Violations

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

History appears to be repeating itself in the Islamic Republic. Whenever many Iranians believe that there will be more socio-political, individual as well as socio-economic freedoms in the country, due to the rule of a moderate or reformist president, the domestic crack down and human rights violation in the Islamic Republic mount up.

Slaves to Soccer: At World Cup, Workers Lose

Sam Maron | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
Sam Maron

By glorifying the world's worst human rights offenders and endorsing them to host public displays for an international audience, we help countries like Qatar keep the profitable business of slave-keeping alive.

Nigerian Military Accused Of Committing War Crimes

AP | MARAM MAZEN | Posted 08.05.2014 | World

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Graphic new video footage from northeastern Nigeria shows the country's military carrying out abuses against civilians as part...

Human Rights Must Be on the Agenda

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
Steven W. Hawkins

In 2012, the Obama administration issued a US strategy toward sub-Saharan Africa with a stated objective to promote and protect "human rights, civil society and independent media" as an integral part in strengthening democratic institutions on the African continent.

'Manuscripts Don't Burn'

Amnesty International | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact
Amnesty International

By Steven W. Hawkins, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA and Gregory Nava, Writer-Director, Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts an...

Revolvers: Blurred Lines Between Human Rights Organizations and the State Department

Jack Healey | Posted 07.02.2014 | World
Jack Healey

Helping is now big business. Human rights groups have become big industries with big salaries. While I do not believe activism is better with poorly paid staff, the focus should be on helping others rather than personal gain.

War Crimes in the Battle for Mosul

Donatella Rovera | Posted 08.27.2014 | World
Donatella Rovera

Long lines of cars full of terrified families jammed the road as I left Mosul on June 25. The mass exodus is testament to the impact on civilians since fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) took control of the city.

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Torture Survivor's Case

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 08.27.2014 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Over the past 40 years, state and federal courts as well as prosecutors have very seldom been open to providing fair justice to the African-American survivors of Burge-related police torture.

'Happy' Video Shows Iran: It's Time to Let Your People Dance

Nazanin Boniadi | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Nazanin Boniadi

Despite the onslaught of attacks against freedom of expression in Iran, the international community has largely averted its gaze until now, when Pharrell Williams' smash hit song "Happy" thrust Iran's dismal human rights record back into the spotlight.

Close Guantanamo, End Indefinite Detention and Return from the Dark Side

Coleen Rowley | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

The president's pledge last May to close Guantanamo came amidst a mass hunger strike at the prison by men protesting their indefinite detention. Since then only a handful of men have been released from Guantanamo, where hungers strikes and brutal force-feedings continue.

Why South Sudan Needs to Look Back to Move Forward

Helen Ouyang, MD, MPH | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Helen Ouyang, MD, MPH

While aid is crucial, especially to the 3.7 million people who are currently experiencing emergency levels of food insecurity, transformation for the world's newest country has to come from within.

Treating Death Row Inmates like Disposable Guinea Pigs is Unconstitutional

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.16.2014 | Crime
Michael Shammas

When faced with cruel and unusual crimes, our natural reaction is to demand cruel and unusual punishment. The problem is that even if this sentiment were morally correct, it is legally incorrect.

Boko Haram's Ideology Key to Violence

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Their brazen assault could act as a springboard for international engagement, not only aimed at curbing the violence, but also directed at the ideology that Boko Haram and other groups use to recruit followers, emulate each other and legitimize brutality.

Woman Sentenced To Death For 'Apostasy'

AP | MOHAMMED SAEED and HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — A pregnant Sudanese woman who married a Christian man was sentenced to death Thursday after she refused to recant her Christi...

Women Rights and Gender Equality

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Many Iranian women activists who live in the Islamic Republic, and several of those campaigners whom I have interviewed, have shed light on the reality of women's rights under Rouhani's presidency.

Mother's Day From Near and Far

Maryam Zar | Posted 07.07.2014 | World
Maryam Zar

On the approach to Mother's Day, there's the frivolous smell of flowers in the air, the spur of reservations abound and the light giggle of moms antic...

Death Penalty

Martin Marty | Posted 07.07.2014 | Crime
Martin Marty

Amnesty International reminds Texans and the rest of us that America is in very distinct and distinctive company among executors: Only Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and China, 'disreputable peers,' execute more.

Waleed Abulkhair: Imprisoned!

Elham Manea | Posted 07.06.2014 | World
Elham Manea

Raif Badawi is in jail because he expressed his opinion peacefully and created a liberal website. His lawyer Waleed Abulkhair, on the other hand, is in jail for his defense of human rights and freedom of expression.

Is Maxim 'The Hatchet' Martsinkevich a Political Prisoner?

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

This Russian neo-Nazi activist is facing a second prison term. Could he be prosecuted unfairly?

Why the Women in the World Summit Matters

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact
Andrea Chalupa

While it's easy to get caught up in the famous names gracing the halls of the Women in the World Summit, the main attraction is how the event gives a voice to the voiceless.