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Kingdom of Slaves

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 09.12.2014 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Since FIFA picked Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, the tiny and uber-rich Gulf emirate has increasingly come under scrutiny for its failure to protect the human rights of its burgeoning foreign workforce.

Israeli Land-grabs and Settlements: More Than Merely 'Counterproductive'

Avner Gidron | Posted 09.02.2014 | World
Avner Gidron

The US administration, concerned about this move's impact on the moribund peace process, has urged the Israeli government to reverse its decision. But if a peace process is to have any chance of success, its sponsors, and the USA in particular, must recognize that the settlements are more than a diplomatic obstacle.

REPORT: Abductees' Relatives Break Into Parliament, Vandalize The Building

Reuters | Posted 09.02.2014 | World

BAGHDAD, Sept 2 (Reuters) - More than 100 family members of missing soldiers abducted by Islamic State in June broke into parliament and vandalized ...

Islamic State Militants Accused Of War Crimes

AP | By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and DIAA HADID | Posted 09.02.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — An international rights group accused the extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday of systematic "ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq ...

A New Hope With Every Sunrise for Families of the Disappeared

Geoffrey Mock | Posted 08.31.2014 | World
Geoffrey Mock

In every one of these cases, there is an answer. There is someone in these governments who knows where these people are or what happened to them.

My Time in Secret Detention in Syria: "We Could Hear the Screams of Torture Victims"

Shappal Ibrahim | Posted 08.29.2014 | World
Shappal Ibrahim

On May 29, 2013, one of the guards came to our cell and told me I would be released. I didn't believe him, I thought I was going to be executed. The guards shaved my hair off and I was sure I was going to die.

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 09.10.2014 | 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 09.01.2014 | 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...