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Human Rights Abuses

Pussy Riot Asks Congress To Take Action

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of the Russian dissident punk group Pussy Riot came to the Capitol Tuesday and asked members of Congress to add 16 off...

Former Salvadoran General Fights Deportation Order

AP | MATTHEW BARAKAT | Posted 02.06.2014 | Latino Voices

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A lawyer for El Salvador's defense minister is telling the United States' highest immigration court that his client should ...

Obama Ignores Morocco's Illegal Occupation and Human Rights Abuses

Stephen Zunes | Posted 02.21.2014 | World
Stephen Zunes

Late last month, President Barack Obama met with Morocco's King Mohammed VI in Washington for their first face-to-face meeting. The result was a bitter disappointment for supporters of human rights and international law.

In Our Own Backyard

K. Sujata | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
K. Sujata

What keeps this industry booming is the demand for cheap labor or services, or for commercial sex acts. Sex trafficking is big business, one of the world's biggest human rights issues and it's happening in our own backyard.

UN Tries To Pressure NKorea After Defectors' Chilling Testimonies

AP | FOSTER KLUG | Posted 10.22.2013 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — Testimony by North Korean defectors at U.N. hearings this week in Seoul has produced chilling accounts of systematic rape, ...

Instead of Punishing Russia, IOC May Punish Pro-Gay Olympians

John Becker | Posted 10.07.2013 | Gay Voices
John Becker

The New York Times' Jeré Longman reports that the Olympic Charter "prohibits athletes from making political gestures during the Winter and Summer Games," and that this prohibition could be used to "banish" Olympians who choose to protest, even silently, against Russian homophobia.

(Another) Open Letter to Edward Snowden

Dorian de Wind | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

A couple of weeks ago, Melissa Harris-Perry at MSNBC posted a letter to Edward Snowden. Some believe that the letter was a bit sarcastic. Let me try...

Snowden's Legal and Financial Team

Dorian de Wind | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Millions around the world support Edward Snowden for revealing secret information about NSA surveillance activities. But in his quest to continue to ...

U.S. Commander on Karzai's 'Collusion' Accusation: 'We Have Shed Too Much Blood Over the Past 12 Years'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Dorian de Wind

It never seems to end in Afghanistan -- now the longest war in our nation's history. It never ceases to amaze us -- the twists and turns, the corruption, the backstabbing, the incompetence in, by and of that country and its leaders.

Tech for Truth

Jim Fruchterman | Posted 03.11.2013 | World
Jim Fruchterman

As Dr. Patrick Ball, Benetech's Chief Scientist, explained to The Atlantic, "[t]his isn't an estimate... Let's be really clear here. This is a very conservative undercount." Our grief at these results is deepened by the high likelihood that the actual number of killings is probably higher than 60,000.

What Tyrant Shall We Topple Today?

Jack Healey | Posted 09.26.2012 | Impact
Jack Healey

Most people think the people suffering in human rights situations are older people. They are not. They are young, sometimes very young. These folk need your help. Boys and girls need to protect one another, here and there. Come to the portal. Enjoy it.

Ethiopian Torture Suspect Arrested After Chance Encounter In Aurora

AP | P. SOLOMON BANDA | Posted 09.05.2012 | Denver

DENVER -- A chance encounter at a restaurant in a Denver suburb led to the arrest of an Ethiopian immigrant who authorities say tortured political pri...

U.S. Points Finger, And Arms Exports, At Human Rights Abusers

IWatch News | Zach Toombs | Posted 06.22.2012 | World

Every May and June, different branches of the State Department paint contrasting portraits of how Washington views dozens of strategically significant...

Human Rights Crimes Still Taking Place In Syria, UN Reports

Reuters | Posted 07.23.2012 | World

* U.N. investigators document latest violations * Syrian forces blamed for most killings, torture * Rebels also accused ...

Chen Guangcheng's Escape: What China Is Trying to Hide From You

Chai Ling | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Chai Ling

With the eyes of the world watching, China must allow Chen and his family to live in freedom. Critically, the nation must also heed widespread calls to repeal the One-Child Policy, whose victims are largely voiceless.

Obama To Target Foreign Nationals’ Use Of New Technologies

The Washington Post | Scott Wilson | Posted 04.22.2012 | Technology

President Obama will issue an executive order Monday that will allow U.S. officials for the first time to impose sanctions against foreign nationals f...

Obama and Clinton Ignore Democrats' Pleas to Stop the Killing In Honduras

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

One has to wonder what the U.S. government would do if the violence associated with drug trafficking were ever to subside, it has been so convenient to them in building up their military and security presence in the region, and the political influence that goes with it.

I Want My Human Rights Too!

Michael Santos | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Michael Santos

As a prisoner, I am not allowed to participate in free and fair elections, notwithstanding the enormous influence political elections have over my life.

Pakistan Vs. Balochistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 04.16.2012 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

What began as a mere demand for maximum internal autonomy until recently, brutal state violence has taken the movement to a point of no-return where the irreconcilable young Balochs seek absolute independence.

World Report 2012: Strengthen Support for 'Arab Spring'

Human Rights Watch | Posted 03.23.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch said that firm and consistent international support for peaceful protesters and government critics is the best way to pressure the autocrats in the Middle East and North Africa to end abuses and enhance basic freedoms.

French Court Approves Former Dictator's Extradition

AP | JAMEY KEATEN and PIERRE-ANTOINE SOUCHARD | Posted 01.23.2012 | World

PARIS — A French court ruled Wednesday that former dictator Manuel Noriega can be extradited to Panama to serve time for past crimes, more than ...

Danielle Cadet

Human Rights Organizations Help Celebs Avoid Major Gaffes

HuffingtonPost.com | Danielle Cadet | Posted 12.21.2011 | Impact

From Hilary Swank to Beyonce, celebrities have come under fire lately for taking money from groups or individuals marred by allegations of human right...

Durban III - A Weapon of Mass Distraction

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 11.21.2011 | New York
Thor Halvorssen

The terrible irony of the conferences is that the organizers -- largely repressive, one-party regimes -- effectively use them as spectacles to distract the world from their own crimes.

Alex Becker

Human Rights Groups Tell Biden To Hold China Accountable

HuffingtonPost.com | Alex Becker | Posted 10.16.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Human rights groups have wasted little time calling on Vice President Joe Biden to focus on human rights abuses as he meets with high-le...

Janell Ross

Corporate Silence: Brands Profess Ignorance Of Alleged Worker Abuses at Overseas Factories

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 09.20.2011 | Business

A month after a prominent human rights group accused major American brands of purchasing clothing from a factory in Jordan that systematically abuses ...