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Race, Class and Justice in the U.S. Legal System: Still a Long Way From the Promised Land

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 03.18.2012 | Crime
Marianne Mollmann

Last week, a Belgian tourist said he believed he had been cut some slack by the New York City police mainly because he was white. Indeed, even a perfunctory look at US criminal justice figures reveals that something is not quite right.

The Deeply Rooted Parallels Between Female Genital Mutilation and Breast Implantation

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 03.13.2012 | Women
Marianne Mollmann

What makes women voluntarily cut open their bodies to permanently implant foreign objects to the potential detriment of their health?

Anniversary of Shame

Amnesty International | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Amnesty International

By closing Guantánamo, President Obama could take a critical first step to restoring human rights and ensuring that justice, equality before the law, and fair and humane treatment triumph over the politics of fear.

Protesters Mark 10 Years Of Gitmo Detentions (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.11.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Under dreary, rainy skies, thousands of protesters gathered in the nation's capital on Wednesday to mark the 10th anniversary of the fir...

Guantanamo Protesters Gather In D.C. On 10th Anniversary

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.11.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Marking the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the first detainees at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, thousands of proteste...

Americans Demonstrate Changed Attitudes Towards Poverty Since the 2008 Economic Crisis

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 02.25.2012 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

The silver lining of the 2008 crisis might be that more Americans start seeing poverty for what it is: not something anyone "deserves."

Joshua Hersh

Congress Pushes State Department Over Misused American Tear Gas In Spending Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 2012 omnibus spending bill released Thursday morning includes tough new language about the way American tear gas has been used again...

Amnesty Accuses Spanish Police Of Racial Profiling

AP | By CIARAN GILES and ALAN CLENDENNING | Posted 02.13.2012 | World

MADRID -- Amnesty International on Wednesday accused Spanish authorities of using racial and ethnic profiling, with police singling out people who are...

The FBI, Sandusky, and How We Think About Rape

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 02.11.2012 | Crime
Marianne Mollmann

Forced intercourse is rape whoever committed it, whatever the victim wore or said, and wherever it occurred. The American Law Institute should follow the lead of the FBI and update its definitions to reflect reality.

Are These Donations A Royal Rip-Off? The Truth Behind Street Solicitations

2011-03-16-Screenshot20110316at9.39.25AM.jpeg | Will Evans | Posted 12.05.2011 | Los Angeles

Story comes courtesy of California Watch. By Will Evans Thirteen charitable organizations raised more than $1 million each in California by hiri...

Penny-Wise and Pound-Foolish: Proposed Funding Cuts for Response to Violence Against Women

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

Domestic violence is a continuing, costly, and consistently underserved problem. Cutting federal funds for dealing with it is not only bad news, it is a bad idea.

Bob Dylan To Release Cover Songs To Benefit Amnesty International

AP | Posted 01.23.2012 | Impact

NEW YORK — A sprawling new collection of Bob Dylan cover songs is being released in January to benefit Amnesty International. The human rights ...

Rebuilding Libya

Saeb El Kasm | Posted 01.21.2012 | World
Saeb El Kasm

Along with a record of overwhelming human rights abuses, Gaddafi left his people with a country rife with corruption, poverty and severe internal divisions.

Senate Introduces Disastrous New Detention Bill

Amnesty International | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Amnesty International

The new National Defense Authorization Bill presented to the Senate is such a disaster for civil liberties and human rights it is difficult to know where to begin.

Sexual Harassment: Not Really About Sex at All

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 01.11.2012 | Education
Marianne Mollmann

To be a bit more blunt about it: sexual harassment in middle and high schools today is motivated by either misogyny or homophobia. Neither has to do with sex.

Sacrificing Women's Rights For "Popular Rule:" Why Equality Is Essential

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 01.09.2012 | World
Marianne Mollmann

Judging from experiences in other countries women may not fare better after a dictatorship or autocratic rule than before it.

UN Special Rapporteur: Abortion Restrictions Don't Work

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

Sure, the criminalization of abortion might be an impediment to getting a safe and timely abortion, but never a real barrier to getting one at all. Spread the word: abortion restrictions just don't work.

Why the Use of Steve Jobs as an Anti-Choice Political Stunt Is Flawed

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

In fact, in my experience interviewing women around the world about pregnancy and child-bearing, abortion is the end rather than the beginning of their decision-making processes.

Why Amnesty International is a Shadow of its Old Self

Anthony Amore | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
Anthony Amore

Alex Neve, the Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, is calling for the Canadian government to arrest former President George W. Bush whe...

Star Talks About His Documentary For Amnesty International

www.bbc.co.uk | Posted 12.15.2011 | Latino Voices

Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal has visited Washington, DC, to campaign for comprehensive immigration reform. Bernal, who starred in The Motorcyc...

Catholic Bishops Endanger Church Tax Exempt Status

Michele Somerville | Posted 12.14.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Bishops play a dangerous game when they threaten to use the leverage they think they have to bring secular law in line with canon law.

Human Rights Watch Demands George W. Bush's Arrest

Posted 12.13.2011 | Impact

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch demanded the arrest and prosecution of former president George W. Bush before his appearance at an econom...

Faces of Change, Women Activists on the Front Lines: Leyla Yunus

Kiri Westby | Posted 12.10.2011 | Women
Kiri Westby

How would you react if you had five minutes to evacuate your home, all the while knowing the destruction was taking place because you had the audacity to speak the truth?

Jessica Prois

Beyond Banned Books Week: How You Can Fight For Oppressed Writers

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Prois | Posted 11.30.2011 | Impact

After a week of celebrating the liberty to dive into titles like "Lolita" or the "Catcher in the Rye," Banned Books Week comes to a close. Yet there a...

1,000 Young Protesters, Angered by Troy Davis Execution, Take To NYC Streets

Kate Fridkis | Posted 11.26.2011 | New York
Kate Fridkis

On Thursday evening, what started as an Amnesty International vigil in honor of Troy Davis in Union Square soon became a full-blown march through the streets of New York.