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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.

LOOK: Pussy Riot Activists Target Russian Embassy

The Huffington Post | Eliza LaJoie | Posted 07.30.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- About a hundred protesters, many donning bright balaclavas, dresses and tights, gathered in front of the Russian Embassy late Friday aft...

Greg Rosalsky

Obama Administration Blinks In First NRA Showdown Since Aurora

HuffingtonPost.com | Greg Rosalsky | Posted 07.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One week after the Aurora, Colo., mass murder brought gun-control back to the forefront of political discourse, the Obama administration...

Pussy Riot Protest To Target Russian Embassy

The Huffington Post | Eliza LaJoie | Posted 07.27.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Political activists and punk musicians will unite outside the Russian Embassy on Friday to demand that three members of the Russian femi...

The Triumph Of Hypothetical Evil Over Real Evil

Aaron Taylor | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Aaron Taylor

Sometimes evil triumphs not when good people do nothing, but when good people fail to distinguish between hypothetical evil and real evil. Case in point: A conservative Christian radio host's attempt to thwart the Arms Trade Treaty.

Iran's Drug Policy: Hypocrisy in Action

Chris DeVito | Posted 09.18.2012 | World
Chris DeVito

Iran sees much of the world's heroin supply travel through its territory. However, Iran isn't simply a transit point. By most estimates the country has one of the highest rates of heroin and opium addiction in the world.

Fact vs. Fiction: Arms Trade Treaty and Gun Ownership in the U.S.

Amnesty International | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Amnesty International

That industry is estimated to exceed $60 billion annually and benefits immensely from the current free-for-all in the global trade in weapons and ammunition. Let's break down fact from fiction.