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Sting: "Sending out an S.O.S." on Kazakh Human Rights Abuses

Martin Lewis | Posted 09.02.2011 | World
Martin Lewis

Apprised by Amnesty International of the latest rights abuses in Kazakhstan being inflicted on oil workers and their union leaders, Sting canceled a major concert appearance.

Egyptian Army Acknowledges 'Virginity Tests,' Says Amnesty

AP | Posted 08.28.2011 | World

CAIRO — Amnesty International said Monday that Egypt's military rulers have acknowledged carrying out so-called "virginity tests" on female prot...

Is Iran Using Mass Rape As A Weapon?

The Guardian | Saeed Kamali Dehghan | Posted 08.24.2011 | World

Prison guards in Iran are giving condoms to criminals and encouraging them to systematically rape young opposition activists locked up with them, acco...

U2 at Angel Stadium and New Sounds From Ireland's Essential Bands

S.X. Rosenstock | Posted 08.20.2011 | Los Angeles
S.X. Rosenstock

For this tour, interrupted by a back injury and successful treatment for frontman Bono, U2 appears on stage in puffs of smoke reminiscent of our infamous SoCal smog.

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.

Saudi Beheading Surge Concerns Activists

AP | Posted 08.10.2011 | World

CAIRO -- Amnesty International is condemning what it says is a sharp rise in beheadings in Saudi Arabia and is urging authorities in the kingdom to ha...

Amnesty International Slams U.S. Solitary Confinement Sentences

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 08.08.2011 | World

Picture a box measuring roughly 6.5 by 9 feet. Imagine sitting in that box, 23 hours a day, for 40 years. For most, that describes a claustrophobic ...

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....

50 Years of Standing Up for Freedom

Larry Cox | Posted 07.26.2011 | Impact
Larry Cox

Today millions across the Middle East and North Africa are using their voices to demand their rights and freedoms. In some ways the unfolding drama of the Arab Spring mirrors Amnesty International's story.

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.

Amnesty International Says Vatican Not Meeting Obligations On Sex Abuse

Posted 07.18.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) Amnesty International has criticized the Vatican for falling short of its commitments...

Elise Foley

Lindsey Graham: U.S. Troops Will Shoot More Afghans Because Guantanamo Bay Is Closing

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Wednesday that U.S. forces kill suspected terrorists and enemy combatants because they cannot detai...

North Korea Holds 200,000 Political Prisoners: Amnesty

Posted 07.04.2011 | World

LONDON (Reuters) – North Korea is holding around 200,000 people in huge political prison camps where inmates are forced to work in conditions ap...

We Can Stop the Execution of Troy Davis

Ben Jealous | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics
Ben Jealous

As an American, I have faith in our justice system. But as President of the NAACP, I have seen how our justice system can fail -- sometimes even when it comes to life and death.

Free Ai Weiwei

Bianca Jagger | Posted 06.07.2011 | World
Bianca Jagger

Ai Weiwei and his art could be a symbol of China's growing leadership in the world, but the Chinese authorities have chosen instead to try and erase him from the national and cultural memory.

Countries With The Most Executions Around The World

Posted 05.30.2011 | World

Though overall executions are on the decline, the number of countries imposing the death penalty increased last year to 23, according to a new report....

U.S. in Top 5 For Executions Worldwide

Amnesty International | Posted 05.28.2011 | World
Amnesty International

While executions and death sentences have declined significantly in the U.S. over the last decade, the use of capital punishment has been collapsing at a much faster rate worldwide.

Bahrain's King Declares Martial Law

Reuters | Lin Noueihed and Frederik Richter | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

March 15, 2011 10:44:00 PM By Lin Noueihed and Frederik Richter MANAMA, March 15 (Reuters) - Bahrain's king declared martial law on Tuesday ...

5 Celebs Who Took Gaddafi's Money (And What They're Doing With It Now)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Gaddafi may not be winning points with philanthropists around the world, but his money could do some major good. In February, cables released by th...

Afghan Government's Takeover of Women's Shelters Adds Insult to Injury

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amnesty International

By Horia Mosadiq, Amnesty International's Afghanistan Researcher. The recent move by Afghanistan's Ministry of Women Affairs (MoWA) to take c...

The Fall of Mubarak

Bianca Jagger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bianca Jagger

All Egyptians must be allowed to participate in shaping their future. The pro-democracy protesters of Egypt have succeeded in ousting Mubarak, but the struggle is not over and there is a long way to go.

Journalists Targeted: U.S. Reporters 'Hunted,' Attacked And Detained Amid Violent Clash In Egypt

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Reports continue to emerge that as Egyptian government loyalists and protesters take to the streets creating a war zone, American journalists in Cairo...

Reflections on the Army, Torture and General Sanchez

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amnesty International

By Geneve Mantri, Government Relations Director, for Terrorism and Counterterrorism and Human Rights It is a cold and icy morning in DC and as I slip...

President Obama, Why Have You Forsaken Your Promise to Close Guantanamo?

Bianca Jagger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bianca Jagger

Since 9/11 the US government has sacrificed freedom, civil liberties and human rights for safety and security. But this reordering of priorities has not made our world any safer.