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Human Rights Groups Answer NRA Fear-Mongering

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Amnesty International and other human rights groups on Thursday pushed back against the National Rifle Association's ongoing campaign to...

New Hopes From Rabat

Joseph Braude | Posted 05.05.2013 | World
Joseph Braude

By effectively designating the homicide a matter of "state security," the army only stoked conspiracy theories that further fueled distrust of the government. Shining a light on the truth of the matter would have been better for the family, and better for the kingdom itself.

Seek Justice, Not Vengeance

Frank Jannuzi | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Frank Jannuzi

Marylanders are on course to eliminate the debasing practice of capital punishment. We have an opportunity to support victims' families and focus on public safety solutions that are proven to work.

Matt Sledge

Supreme Court Swats Away Warrantless Wiretapping Challenge

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Journalists and human rights advocates worried they are being swept up in an electronic dragnet cannot challenge the U.S. government's sec...

Not a Billion More

Amnesty International | Posted 04.15.2013 | World
Amnesty International

I was in Delhi on December 17 when tens of thousands marched in solidarity to support a young victim of rape. On the evening of December 16, this yo...

The Death Penalty, Life Imprisonment, and Other Punitive Measures: What's the Point?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 04.09.2013 | Crime
Marianne Mollmann

Unfortunately, rehabilitation (the adult word for "learning a lesson") is often not at the heart of criminal justice reform. In fact, the harshness of a punishment is frequently not determined by the possibility of recidivism, but rather by public opinion.

Advocacy Groups Urge Haiti To Pursue Abuse Case Against Former Dictator

AP | Posted 04.08.2013 | Impact

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — International advocacy groups urged Haitian authorities on Wednesday not to drop a rights abuse case against former dict...

Greece Investigates Police Beatings After Mug Shots Of Young Suspects Altered

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.05.2013 | World

Authorities in Greece have opened an investigation into local police after mug shots of a group of suspected bank robbers were digitally altered -- pe...

Pakistan's War Against Human Rights Watch

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 04.06.2013 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

Reports issued by H.R.W. and other human rights groups are professional analyses of different countries. It is absolutely irresponsible and unethical to respond to such criticism with personal attacks on individual professionals affiliated with these organizations.

Long Live Rock! A Beatle, a Stone and an Animal Salute The Who's Pete Townshend (VIDEO)

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 04.05.2013 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

To know Pete Townshend a little is to love him. And to know Pete Townshend a lot (as guitarist, singer, rocker, lyricist, poet, author, producer, philanthropist and, objectively-speaking, visionary) is to love him even more.

Amnesty International: Venezuela Should Investigate Prison Riot

AP | Posted 04.01.2013 | World

CARACAS, Venezuela — The human rights group Amnesty International urged Venezuelan authorities on Wednesday to determine whether troops used exc...

Groups Call For Somali Government To Release Journalist

AP | By ABDI GULED | Posted 03.25.2013 | Media

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Rights groups on Wednesday called for the Somali government to release a journalist arrested by police for interviewing a ...

Pentagon Alert: Freezing Refugees Need Your Help

David Wood | Posted 03.23.2013 | World
David Wood

Winter has hit hard across Afghanistan, and nowhere more so than in camps for internally displaced Afghans, where some 450,000 desperate families have...

The Human Rights of Domestic Workers Must Be Recognized

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 03.18.2013 | World
Marianne Mollmann

Wednesday morning last week, news broke that Saudi Arabia's authorities had gone ahead with the public beheading of Rizana Nafeek, a young woman accused of killing a baby in her care in 2005 when she was 17 years old.

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.