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'The Future We Want'

Bianca Jagger | Posted 08.27.2012 | Green
Bianca Jagger

What Rio+20 has demonstrated is that we can no longer stand by and wait for world leaders to provide solutions to prevent us from reaching the tipping point, or point of no return.

Amnesty's Shilling for US-NATO Wars

Coleen Rowley | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

By Ann Wright and Coleen Rowley The new Executive Director of Amnesty International USA -- Suzanne Nossel -- is a recent U.S. government insider. So ...

Erin Mershon

Dream Act Supporters Rally In Front Of White House

HuffingtonPost.com | Erin Mershon | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics

More than 100 people rallied outside the White House Friday, just hours after the Obama administration announced it will stop deporting Dream Act-elig...

WATCH: Amnesty Accuses Syria Of War Crimes

Reuters | Posted 08.13.2012 | World

By Tim Castle and Tessa Unsworth LONDON, June 14 (Reuters) - Syrian government forces are killing civilians in organised attacks on to...

Report: Troops Frighten Rebels Into Submission

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 08.13.2012 | World

Beirut — Syrian forces and militias dragged men from their homes, executing them and burning their bodies as their families watched – a ca...

Human Rights Without People

Jack Healey | Posted 08.06.2012 | World
Jack Healey

For those who work in the field of human rights, their ambition is not idealistic. On the contrary there is a real sense of passionate pragmatism.

Bono To Present Amnesty Award To Aung San Suu Kyi

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 07.30.2012 | Impact

DUBLIN — Bono will present Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi with Amnesty International's highest honor when she visits Dublin next mon...

When Hogwarts Came to Harvard: Real Life Villains and the Universal Power of Imagination

Christine Horansky | Posted 07.24.2012 | Impact
Christine Horansky

What universal appeal might the story of Harry Potter, with its young upstart wizards and Dark Lord, have for the real struggles of so many people around the globe?

Mike Sacks

Deportation And Wiretapping At The Supreme Court

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With five weeks remaining in its term, the Supreme Court on Monday morning chipped away at its 20-plus cases yet to be decided by issuin...

With Eurovision 2012 Around The Corner, Azerbaijan Gets Much Unwanted Attention

Jeff Burbank | Posted 07.18.2012 | World
Jeff Burbank

As this year's host of Eurovision, Azerbaijan may well impress visitors with its beautiful, entertaining capital city of Baku and friendly, considerate people, but not with how its government treats the people.

NATO Reportedly Underplayed Civilian Deaths In Libya

Reuters | Posted 07.13.2012 | World

By Sebastian Moffett BRUSSELS, May 14 (Reuters) - NATO air strikes killed 72 civilians in Libya last year, Human Rights Watch said on ...

No Mother's Day: Every 90 Seconds a Woman Dies Becoming a Mother

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Every 90 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from a pregnancy-related complication. This isn't just a "third world" problem. The United States currently ranks 50th in the world for maternal health. It is safer to give birth in Bosnia or Kuwait than in California.

What Comes Next for the Blind Chinese Dissident and US-Chinese Relations?

Amnesty International | Posted 07.02.2012 | World
Amnesty International

Now is the time to remind the Chinese that human rights, long viewed as a luxury indulged in only when it does not conflict with core issues of security and prosperity, permeates U.S.-China relations.

Is Criminalization of HIV Transmission Effective? Swedish Case Reveals Why the Answer Is No

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
Marianne Mollmann

The highly publicized use of the criminal law in Sweden to punish those living with HIV for being timid about their health status does not make it easier for anyone to disclose.

Families of Murder Victims Key to Victory in Repeal of Death Penalty in Connecticut

Amnesty International | Posted 06.23.2012 | Impact
Amnesty International

These spouses, siblings, and parents told legislators that exacting revenge would not help them heal, nor end their pain. They were adamant that countering one murder with a state-sanctioned killing would prolong and exacerbate their suffering.

Legally Killing People Has Gotten A Lot More Expensive

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 03.30.2012 | Business

Legally killing people has gotten more expensive. The price of execution drugs is now 15 times higher than it was a year ago, according to The Aust...

New Report Shows Death Penalty By Country

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 03.27.2012 | World

Fewer countries worldwide used capital punishment in 2011, however those that did carry out executions did so at an "alarming rate," according to a ne...

U.S. Ranks 5th On Global Execution Scale

AP | PETER JAMES SPIELMANN | Posted 03.27.2012 | Crime

NEW YORK -- The United States was the only Western democracy that executed prisoners last year, even as an increasing number of U.S. states are moving...

Pete Seeger -- Forever Young At 92 -- Salutes Bob Dylan 50th Anniversary

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.16.2012 | Entertainment
Martin Lewis

2012-03-16-Screenshot20120316at2.39.35PM.jpgIt's the 50th anniversary of the release of Bob Dylan's first album. Time may be relative -- but that's a landmark any way you slice it.

Report: Syrian Detainees Beaten, Sexually Assaulted, Killed

Posted 05.14.2012 | World

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian security forces routinely torture people detained during the country's year-old uprising against authoritarian President Bashar ...

How the Secret Policeman's Ball Got Rolling...

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 05.03.2012 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

You've heard of it. You've wondered about it. You've seen films of the classic ones on laserdiscs, VHS tapes and new-fangled DVDs. If you're really lucky there's a reasonable chance you've even attended one of them.

Sensationalizing Drug Use in Pregnant Women: How the Media Perpetuates Racist and Ineffective Policies

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

In this sense, poverty itself is what singles a pregnant woman out for persecution. It is no coincidence that the main focus for drug prosecutions for pregnant women in the United States is crack cocaine, a drug almost exclusively used by the resource-poor.

Iranian Pastor May Face Execution For Refusing To Recant

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 02.24.2012 | Religion

Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian pastor who in 2010 was found guilty of apostasy and sentenced to death for refusing to recant Christianity, may have rec...

Bradley Manning, Solitary Confinement and Occupy 4 Prisoners

Bill Quigley | Posted 04.24.2012 | Crime
Bill Quigley

One of the major complaints of prisoner human rights activists is the abuse of solitary confinement in prisons across the U.S.

The Dangers of Being Female

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 04.22.2012 | Women
Marianne Mollmann

This month was big on bad news for women.