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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.

Surge in Executions and Human Rights Violations in Iran: Evidence of Rouhani's 'Moderate' Rule?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.04.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

One of the most alarming trends indicating egregious human rights abuses has been the surge in executions, many conducted in public, under the presidency of the moderate Rouhani, particularly since the beginning of 2014.

Youth Lighting the Way in Chicago

Katie Sewell | Posted 06.01.2014 | Chicago
Katie Sewell

In the face of violence and fear, when dignity is on the line, it's standing up together that makes a difference.

Number Of Executions On The Rise In 2013

AP | By CARA ANNA | Posted 05.26.2014 | World

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of known executions around the world rose almost 15 percent in 2013, and the United States was among the five countries p...

In the Age of the Selfie, Privacy Still Paramount

Ann Burroughs | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Ann Burroughs

This USA Freedom Act isn't simply a reaction to NSA spying; it is a recommitment to protecting the right to privacy.

The Death Penalty Is the Tip of an Iceberg of Injustice

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Steven W. Hawkins

Years from now we will know that we stood on the right side of history.

First Ladies, First Principles, and Foundational Documents

Jack Healey | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

In 1948, Eleanor Roosevelt took examples of the dregs of history and aimed for a better ever after. She shepherded the creation and ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As the legal foundation of the international human rights movement, the document clearly needs help.

Love Is a Right, Hate Is a Crime

Adotei Akwei | Posted 04.29.2014 | Impact
Adotei Akwei

Lest anyone suggest discrimination in the United States is benign in comparison to what has unfolded in Uganda, we should take a closer look at the pain and suffering -- and yes, the hatred -- laws like these fuel.

Pussy Riot Says It Will Take the Fight Against Putin to Parliament

Andrey Tolokonnikov | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Andrey Tolokonnikov

Marat Gelman, a well-known Russian art figure, wrote that he would like to see, as president of Russia, not Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, but Nadia Tolokonnikova.

What Comes Next in Russia's Struggle for Freedom?

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Steven W. Hawkins

As the Sochi Olympics come to a close, what is in store for the struggle for freedom and rights in Putin's Russia?

After Death Row in Texas, I'm Fighting to End the Death Penalty

Kerry Max Cook | Posted 04.24.2014 | Impact
Kerry Max Cook

My name is Kerry Max Cook, but for two decades, I was known as "Cook, Execution number 600."

Looking Into the Shadows for Mexico's Disappeared

Salil Shetty | Posted 04.19.2014 | World
Salil Shetty

The numbers of the disappeared in Mexico are staggering. A government report leaked just before President Enrique Peña Nieto took office estimated that at least 25,000 have been abducted or have gone missing between 2006 and 2012.

Pussy Riot Kicks Out 2 Of Its Members

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 02.07.2014 | Arts

Six anonymous members of Pussy Riot have penned an open letter asserting that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina are no longer part of their gr...

Katherine Brooks

Former Pussy Riot Members Will Return To Russia In Effort To 'Make It A Free Country'

HuffingtonPost.com | Katherine Brooks | Posted 02.07.2014 | Arts

Two former members of Pussy Riot made their first U.S. appearances this week, gracing the stage of Amnesty International's "Bring Human Rights Home" c...

Madonna And Pussy Riot Join Forces For Human Rights Concert

AP | MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 02.07.2014 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — Instead of singing, Madonna and Pussy Riot spoke with passion about human rights issues at a concert for Amnesty International. Mad...

Pussy Riot Women Travel Around the World to Promote Justice Zone and "Inspect Prisons"

Andrey Tolokonnikov | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Andrey Tolokonnikov

What kind of person would I want Nadia to be in the coming years? Princess Diana.

Network Shutout in Russia Casts Shadow Over Pussy Riot's Tour

Sven Carlsson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Media
Sven Carlsson

The independent TV network Dozhd -- where the band's two jailed members held a press conference after their release -- might be taken off air throughout Russia anytime soon.

Cherrytree Records Extravaganza: Ivy Levan and Sting Set to Rock Beatles on Letterman; RAC Readies New Album; Much More

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 04.06.2014 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Remember when you first heard "Roxanne"? I do. I was a child in a record store without a clue about the song's theme. Not sure I could've identified reggae, let alone purloined reggae. But I well recall my impression.

Obama Is Right: Close Guantanamo -- It's Anti-American

Michael Shammas | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

While some Republicans are wont to decry anti-Guantanamo liberals as "anti-American," the only anti-American thing in this debate is Guantanamo itself. For it goes against everything our nation professes to respect and love.

Amnesty: Egyptian Authorities 'Trample On Human Rights'

Reuters | Posted 03.25.2014 | World

CAIRO, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Egypt has seen state violence on an "unprecedented scale" since the army deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last Jul...

Shocking Details Of Gay 'Witch Hunt' In Nigeria Revealed In New Report

AP | MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A "witch hunt" for gay people has led to arrests in at least four of Nigeria's 36 states, Amnesty International said Wednesday...

India, Human Rights and the Bhullar Case

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Marcia G. Yerman

Not much has changed since Sikh Professor Devinderpal Singh Bhullar's mercy petition was filed in 2003. Hopefully, in 2014, human rights activists will press the court of world public opinion to give the unresolved narrative the attention it deserves.

Locked in Winter

Kathy Kelly | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
Kathy Kelly

As many as 35,000 displaced persons are now living in the slum areas in Kabul alone. The fire in the Chaman e Babrak camp extended to adjacent homes, swiftly rendering nine families homeless in the midst of already astounding poverty.

Obama Ignores Morocco's Illegal Occupation and Human Rights Abuses

Stephen Zunes | Posted 02.21.2014 | World
Stephen Zunes

Late last month, President Barack Obama met with Morocco's King Mohammed VI in Washington for their first face-to-face meeting. The result was a bitter disappointment for supporters of human rights and international law.

What the Anti-Homosexuality Bill Could Mean for Ugandans

Ariel Wengroff | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Ariel Wengroff

"Today will go down in history as the worst day for LGBTQI identifying persons and human rights in general. The passing of the bill has caused significant panic even before its assented."