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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.

WATCH: Troy Davis Inspires Poignant Art Piece

Posted 11.23.2011 | Arts

Following the controversial execution of Troy Davis, a 2010 art piece that depicted Davis as an inmate has gained new meaning. The piece is a collabor...

The "Toast to Freedom" That Led to Amnesty International

Bill Shipsey | Posted 11.22.2011 | World
Bill Shipsey

An experience I had nearly 25 years ago, and recent research I conducted for a short film on Peter Benenson's 'epiphany' moment, has contributed to my pursuing further details of a fascinating part of Amnesty International's founding.

Troy Anthony Davis And Georgia's Plan To Commit An Irreversible Sin

Michele Somerville | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Despite that a preponderance of doubt still attends the Troy Anthony Davis death sentence, it looks like the state of Georgia will strap him to a table tomorrow and end his life.

Rick Perry Executed an Innocent Man/ Save Troy Davis!

Katie Halper | Posted 11.15.2011 | Crime
Katie Halper

Rick Perry's record number of executions drew applause at last week's GOP debate. Among the 234 -- make that 235 as of today -- killed under Perry was Cameron Todd Willingham, who received the death penalty for killing his three daughters by arson.

Mideast Milosevic

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 11.01.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Given the unyielding escalation of terror emanating from Syria in recent days, the fortitude and courage of the Syrian people warrants greater international coverage and a full-fledged effort to bring Bashar al-Assad and his cohorts to justice.

Sub-Saharan Africans And Black Libyans Targeted By Rebel Fighters

Bloomberg.com | Posted 11.01.2011 | Black Voices

Black Libyans and sub-Saharan Africans are being targeted by rebel fighters who suspect them of backing Muammar Qaddafi, Amnesty International said. ...

Close Gitmo and Help Solve the Debt Crisis

Amnesty International | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Amnesty International

It is not news that the United States is facing a debt crisis and that public spending is under scrutiny like never before, yet one decade-long drain on the public exchequer has so far escaped the financial meltdown: the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.

New York Times: Al Qaeda-Linked Islamist Threat Grows In Nigeria

The New York Times | Adam Nossiter | Posted 10.18.2011 | World

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria -- A shadowy Islamist insurgency that has haunted northern Nigeria -- surviving repeated, bloody efforts to eliminate it -- appears...