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NRA Vows To Fight Global Arms Treaty

Reuters | Louis Charbonneau | Posted 02.26.2013 | World

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 28 (Reuters) - The leading U.S. pro-gun group, the National Rifle Association, has vowed to fight a draft international treaty t...

Obama: Stop Killing Innocents, Period

Jack Healey | Posted 02.18.2013 | World
Jack Healey

For innocents caught in Obama's drone wars, "disappearances" come from thousands of miles in the air. The practice also brings to mind another human rights term -- "extrajudicial killings." We don't have a new word for talking about the drones, but maybe we should.

Why Martin O'Malley Needs to Lead Maryland to Death Penalty Abolition

Amnesty International | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Amnesty International

By Brian Evans, Interim Director of Amnesty International USA's Death Penalty Abolition Campaign Opposing the death penalty is not the political thir...

Heading Over the Human Rights Cliff

Frank Jannuzi | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
Frank Jannuzi

Sadly, few have lamented the potential consequences of sequestration for the United States' ability and obligation to promote peace and human rights in the world.

This Weekend in Bahrain: Will US Officials Stand Up for Freedom?

Sunjeev Bery | Posted 02.05.2013 | World
Sunjeev Bery

While Bahraini prisoners of conscience languish in jail cells, will U.S. and Bahraini officials continue with business as usual? Or will there be consequences for the relationship when a U.S. military ally represses its citizens?

An Obituary for Frank Barsalona: The Man Who Made Rock With a Conscience

Jack Healey | Posted 12.04.2012 | Entertainment
Jack Healey

Frank Barsalona was the architect who built the temple of rock. He was the guy that transformed it from just music into a movement, turned it into something that reached people all over the world and changed the way we related to one another.

REPORT: This State Lost HALF Of Donations To Overhead

AP | JUDY LIN | Posted 12.01.2012 | Impact

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A report released Thursday reminds Californians to pay attention to their charitable giving this holiday season. The study by t...

To Stop Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Look to Rwanda

Amnesty International | Posted 01.29.2013 | World
Amnesty International

If the war in Congo accelerates again, resulting in still more deaths added to the five million dead so far, the responsibility will fall on those who fail to act now, just as they had failed to act in 1994 to stop the genocide in Rwanda.

I Know This Much Is True: Abortion Is a Medical Intervention Some Women Need

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 01.16.2013 | World
Marianne Mollmann

Abortion is a medical intervention to which women need access, some to save their lives. This is not an opinion; it is a fact, evidenced by the thousands of women who travel from Ireland to the United Kingdom or mainland Europe to terminate pregnancies every year.

President Obama Must Carry a Human Rights Message to Myanmar or Risk Setting Back Momentum for Reform

Amnesty International | Posted 01.16.2013 | World
Amnesty International

The few hours that the president will spend on the ground in Myanmar sends a signal that the government is no longer an international outlaw. But the president's stop-over has the potential to advance rather than set back reform.

Passing the DREAM Act Would Acknowledge the Human Rights of Migrant Children and Benefit All of Us

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

While the Maryland ballot initiative on education is great for young migrants in that state, it highlights the fact that federal action is sorely needed to protect the human rights and dignity of migrants everywhere.

Silence on Rape Is the Biggest Obstacle to Prevention

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 01.06.2013 | World
Marianne Mollmann

If part of the reason rape happens is because we allow it to, that means that to issue a guarantee that rape will stop, we have to change. And that kind of fundamental change is incredibly hard.

On Savile, Sandusky, and the Power of Rape

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Marianne Mollmann

Rape is about power. When we address rape, it is therefore essential to overturn this power-imbalance and restore dignity and control to the victim. Most often, we fail miserably at this.

Survival and Dignity in an Afghan Winter

Kathy Kelly | Posted 12.31.2012 | World
Kathy Kelly

Among Afghanistan's ongoing burdens of destitution and war, of course temperatures are now dropping again.

Libya and the West's Human Rights Hypocrisy

Dan Kovalik | Posted 12.23.2012 | World
Dan Kovalik

While the West, and especially the United States, justified its aerial bombardment of Libya last year on the pretense of saving civilians from a possible attack by Gaddafi forces, the West is silent about the real and ongoing attack of the new Libyan regime upon the town of Bani Walid.

Candidates: Open This Binder

Suzanne Nossel | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Suzanne Nossel

Amnesty International and other human rights organizations have the digital equivalent of binders full of women -- in Amnesty's case, hundreds of cases of women's rights activists, imprisoned or otherwise targeted because they claimed their rights and defended the rights of others.

Human Rights Priorities for the Next U.S. President

David J. Kramer | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
David J. Kramer

The United States should review its relations with all authoritarian regimes to give human rights greater attention. While it may cooperate with them on counter-terrorism and other shared interests, it cannot turn a blind eye to the abuses these regimes commit.

Yes We Can! (End Rape in War)

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

Can we do anything useful to stop sexual assault in conflict, and, if so, is the United Nations the entity to do it? To the first question, the answer is a resounding yes.

John Rudolf

'Silently Screaming 24 Hours A Day': Report Slams Calif. Solitary Confinement

HuffingtonPost.com | John Rudolf | Posted 09.27.2012 | Crime

California's extensive use of solitary confinement in two state prisons subjects thousands of inmates to "cruel and degrading" conditions and amounts ...

In America, Our Inalienable Right to Vote Is in Jeopardy

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

The U.S. government -- including both the executive and the legislative branches -- has the obligation to ensure that the right to vote is more than an illusion for all U.S. citizens, regardless of their ethnicity, home, or history of conflict with the law.

International Day Of Peace: 5 Ways To Take Action

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 01.15.2013 | Impact

Precipitated by recent acts of violence in Benghazi, Syria and elsewhere around the world, International Day of Peace comes at a crucial moment. Th...

Health of Prominent Cuban Hunger Striker Martha Beatriz Roque Is Deteriorating Rapidly

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.17.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I visited Martha at her home in the capital neighborhood of Santo Suarez and witnessed firsthand her physical deterioration. Dry lips, sallow skin and trembling limbs were some of the symptoms of the famous economist.

A Progressive Corporation and Its Campaign to Take Down 10 Tea Party House Members

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

While the conventions and the two men who would be president have been uppermost in our minds for the past two weeks, we should not lose sight of other critical races going on across the country, in particular those in the House of Representatives.

Revelations That Iran Is Arming Syria Is One More Example of Why the World Needs an Arms Trade Treaty

Amnesty International | Posted 11.11.2012 | World
Amnesty International

The crisis in Syria is the most stark, current example of how the current laissez-faire global arms trade can exacerbate conflicts.

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison Gets Support Calling for Accountability for Torture

Coleen Rowley | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

In connection with the 10 year anniversary of the shameful "torture memos," peace and human rights activists in Minnesota managed to get their Congresspersons and Senators to declare torture is wrong and, in varying degrees, touch on the need for accountability.