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6 of President Vladimir Putin's Most Oppressive Laws

Frank Jannuzi | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Frank Jannuzi

Since President Putin has held office, there have been a number of changes in Russian law so that any criticism directed at either Putin or his security force allies can be sentenced to jail.

Seamus Heaney, President Obama, Syria

Trina Y. Vargo | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Trina Y. Vargo

Perhaps in these moments, when the president must feel he is going it alone, he might take down that poem and heed Seamus' admonition that, "We must not forget the call of conscience and we must endeavour to keep others awake to it."

Anniversaries and Ongoing Efforts: Marching on Washington, Making Music for the World and Expanding Human Rights

Jack Healey | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Jack Healey

Roosevelt is credited with the idea to "Speak softly, and carry a big stick." A better lesson might be to "Speak loudly, and organize."

What My Imprisonment in South Africa Taught Me About Yemen

Ann Burroughs | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Ann Burroughs

We all want justice for the 9/11 attacks and we all want security from attacks by armed groups. But there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it. Indefinite detention and drone strikes outside the bounds of international human rights law are the wrong way.

Legal Showdown: 6 Experts Destroy Obama's Drone Policy

Robert Greenwald | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

If the administration has nothing to hide and insists that our drone policy is entirely legal, why not create an open and transparent process for the use of drones? It would bring the legal debate out of the shadows, a move that is desperately needed.

Sarah Shourd: What Everyone Ought to Know About Angola 3 and Solitary Confinement

Amnesty International | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
Amnesty International

Until recently, both Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox had been held in solitary confinement for 4 decades in Louisiana - longer than almost any other...

Pristine Tribe Saves Sacred Mountain From Mining

Madhusree Mukerjee | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
Madhusree Mukerjee

Over the past few weeks, all twelve indigenous villages participating in a referendum voted against mining on Niyamgiri, a mountain sacred to the tribe. The victory gives rare hope to India's 650-odd tribes, many of which face displacement by mining, dams, and other "development."

President Obama, Commute Bradley Manning's Sentence to Time Served

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

A cynic might say: What's the point of asking President Obama for clemency, when he's in charge of the system that put Manning in prison? President Obama is indeed in charge of the system that put Manning in prison. That's why he's the correct address for the appeal for clemency.

Political Scandal Erupts Over Detention Of Greenwald's Partner

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 10.19.2013 | Media

The detention of Glenn Greenwald's partner at Heathrow airport in London has turned into a full-blown international political issue. David Miranda ...

Brazil Prison Break Captured On Video

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 08.13.2013 | World

About 50 inmates escaped Fundacao Casa facility after a massive riot broke out at the Sao Paolo youth detention center Monday. Helicopter cameras c...

Lebanese Suicide Video on YouTube Sets Off Media Ethics Debate

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.02.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The blurry suicide video clip was unnerving but a Lebanese TV station led its primetime evening newscast with it, in its entirety, without any warning...

On International Justice Day, an Inconvenient Truth

Amnesty International | Posted 09.15.2013 | World
Amnesty International

By Scott Edwards Just as storms overwhelm unattended levees, political strife and armed conflict can overwhelm the system of international law create...

Amnesty International Wants Charges Dropped In WikiLeaks Case

AP | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics

FORT MEADE, Md. -- Amnesty International is urging the U.S. government to drop its most serious charges against an Army private who gave reams of clas...

Operation Exodus: The Snowden Accompaniment Flytilla to Political Asylum in Venezuela

Robert Naiman | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

A Snowden accompaniment flotilla of prominent and peace-loving Americans could assemble at the Moscow airport, and fly together from Moscow to Caracas. Snowden could fly from Moscow to Caracas under the protection of our company, like the Fellowship of the Ring.

WATCH: Controversial Campaign Plays With Racial Stereotypes

Posted 06.19.2013 | World

A new video produced by Amnesty International sparked a fierce debate on immigration and race after pointedly reversing traditional racial roles. ...

Mexico Disappearances Is Human Rights Crisis

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 06.05.2013 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY -- The number of unsolved disappearances in Mexico constitutes a national scandal and a human rights crisis, Amnesty International said Tu...

Beyoncé and Friends Rock the Sound of Change Concert: Global Women's Charities Benefit Directly Via Catapult

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 08.02.2013 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Capped off by a hit-laden set from Chime for Change co-founder and Artistic Director, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (which saw her joined onstage for "Crazy in Love" by her husband, Jay-Z), the list of performers and presenters just might blow your mind a little.

Why Is El Salvador Letting a Woman Die?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 07.16.2013 | World
Marianne Mollmann

This past month, the world has been watching a 22-year-old pregnant woman in El Salvador die, little by little. I want to say it is like watching an accident happen in slow motion, but this situation is no accident.

Rise of Global Citizen Patriot

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.16.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Choosing between loyalty to country and consideration for fellow global citizens has all along been a false choice.

Recharging Activist Batteries

Kat Katsanis-Semel | Posted 07.10.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Kat Katsanis-Semel

Absorb daily news headlines, and one can conclude that "the common good," must be defended with great courage, wisdom and love. What is the solution? What is the remedy that can both prevent "activist burnout," and alleviate it when it occurs?

Kerry Urged To Address Human Rights Concerns In China

AP | Posted 04.12.2013 | World

BEIJING -- Human rights groups are urging U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to raise the ill-treatment of dissidents and other rights concerns during...

Death Penalty Losing Momentum, Report Finds

AP | SYLVIA HUI | Posted 06.10.2013 | World

LONDON — Iraq executed almost twice as many people last year compared to the year before, while India and Pakistan resumed executions after aban...

Building the Grassroots Foundation to Abolish the Death Penalty

David A. Love | Posted 06.03.2013 | World
David A. Love

The death penalty is the tip of the iceberg of an unjust criminal justice system, in which America, the world's largest jailer, throws away its perceived problems as a matter of social policy, rather than invest in people and communities, jobs and education.

Saudi Arabia's Execution Fixation: A Blight on Mankind

William J. Furney | Posted 06.03.2013 | World
William J. Furney

For a country that bases its laws and culture on the fundamental word of God, whom it believes gave it life, it is surely an extraordinary irony that it then plays the role of God in taking life away.

Tibetan Political Prisoner Released After 17 Years

AP | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN | Posted 04.02.2013 | World

BEIJING -- Noted Tibetan political prisoner Jigme Gyatso has been released after 17 years in a Chinese prison and is reported to be in poor health as ...