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International Human Rights Day

United Nation's Committee Against Torture Addresses Systemic Problems in US Law Enforcement and Justice Systems

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 12.22.2014 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

The CAT also addressed the death penalty and numerous systemic human rights violations within the prisons and jails of the U.S. adult and juvenile justice system.

#WhiteCoats4BlackLives: 3 Things We Need to Talk About

Hammad Moses Khan | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Hammad Moses Khan

As medical students, health care professionals, and supporters all across the country come together for #WhiteCoats4BlackLives demonstrations, we do so with the understanding that the status quo is not acceptable, that the path we are headed down is not sustainable, and our lack of discussion on race in this country is not healthy.

Global Kids: You Guys Do Matter

Global Kids | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Melissa Williams, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic Studio via Global Kids Neither of my parents got to go to school in a traditional s...

Co-Education: A Holistic Approach to Human Rights

Barry Segal | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

This is a guest post by Elizabeth Nichols and Peter Luis. Peter Luis is the Founder and Executive Director of the Indigenous Education Foundation of ...

Changing the World One Letter At a Time

Amnesty International | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Amnesty International

We all have the power to bring human rights home.  We all have the power to change the world.  Join us. Write a letter, change a life.

Honoring Those Lost in the Struggle to Eliminate Violence Against Women

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
Hibaaq Osman

The torture and torment of women has become an ideology for some. What we can give ourselves as women, no one else will. Women of the world, rise up for your dignity and equality.

Let Them Hear the Rumble! Invest in People, Not War

Ralph Nader | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

As millions of Americans struggle with inadequate health care, low wages, deteriorating public services and uncertainty about their futures as the wage gap between the wealthy elite and the working poor widens, billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars are pouring into the coffers of the Department of Defense every year.

Gay Sports Stars Speak Out At The UN

AP | CARA ANNA | Posted 12.11.2013 | Gay Voices

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ex-NBA player Jason Collins and tennis great Martina Navratilova urged the International Olympic Committee to do more to suppo...

Inspiring New UN Video Reveals Seismic Shifts in Global LGBT Rights Debate

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 02.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

Certainly the debate at the United Nations on the rights of LGBT people remains fractious, exposing sharp divisions of opinion among countries and strong opposition from some quarters. But stand back a couple of paces and the longer-term trends appear far more positive.

Advancing Freedom and Fundamental Rights Demands a Global Effort

The George W. Bush Institute | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
The George W. Bush Institute

By Amanda Schnetzer and Elizabeth Hoffman Last week, it was announced that North Korea's largest labor camp has recently grown in size. Known as kwan...

Why Human Rights Matter

Patrick Davies | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
Patrick Davies

Human rights and poverty reduction will always be at the core of the British government's foreign policy. Belief in political and economic freedom, in human rights and in the rule of law, are part of our national DNA.

International Human Rights Day: African American Faith Leaders Call for End to War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration

Iva E. Carruthers | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Iva E. Carruthers

The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with over 2.3 million people behind bars. Let us act to show that this nation is concerned about the human rights violations that are happening at home.

Killing the Messenger: Attacks Rise on Women Human Rights Defenders

Laura Carlsen | Posted 02.12.2013 | World
Laura Carlsen

Women human rights defenders are not only targeted by the interests they confront. They are often abandoned -- or worse, attacked -- by governments and sometimes by their own communities and families.

Science As a Human Right

Karen Kashmanian Oates, Ph.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Science
Karen Kashmanian Oates, Ph.D.

The "digital divide" -- the disparity between people with access to science and technology, specifically the Internet -- translates into another lost generation when it comes to education, public health and economic viability. It is also our most telling sign that something drastic must be done.

International Human Rights Day: Ways To Take Action

Posted 12.10.2012 | Impact

Updated: Monday, Dec. 10, 12:30 p.m. EST International Human Rights Day, on Dec. 10 commemorates the day when the Universal Declaration of Human Ri...

Human Rights Day: How Social Video Changes the Game for Advocacy and Accountability

Camille Crittenden | Posted 02.03.2013 | Media
Camille Crittenden

As access to consumer video equipment has increased, so has the opportunity for citizen journalists and bystanders to capture violations they witness.

Universal Day of Human Rights -- Implementing Its Ideals

Maryam Zar | Posted 02.09.2012 | Impact
Maryam Zar

It is not enough to speak about it, celebrate it and quote it to stir the emotions of people who may never have experienced life without those rights, then look away when its principles are violated.

A World Made New: Celebrating International Human Rights Day

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 02.09.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

The UDHR is both inspiring and challenging. Inspiring because of the ideal world it describes, insisting even that "Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized."

Gay Rights Activists At UN: No More Bullying

AP | ANITA SNOW | Posted 02.07.2012 | Gay Voices

UNITED NATIONS — Activists called on governments around the world to end homophobic bullying and violence, saying Thursday that gay rights are h...

It's Not Gay Rights; It's Human Rights: Clinton Breaks Down the Wall

Sandip Roy | Posted 02.07.2012 | Gay Voices
Sandip Roy

Clinton showed in her speech that ultimately there must be a line in the sand before it turns into the quicksand of cultural relativism. Some things are just not negotiable. Otherwise, you slowly strip the "universal" out of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Cuban Exile Groups Dabbling in Risky Business

AP | LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ and GISELA SOLOMON | Posted 02.06.2012 | Miami

MIAMI — A coalition of Cuban exile groups said Wednesday their plans to anchor a small flotilla off the coast of Havana and launch fireworks to ...

Iran Cannot Hide the Truth Behind Sakineh

Roya Boroumand | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Roya Boroumand

Photos of Sakineh in her home circulated yesterday, giving some of us a premature sensation of relief. But anyone with knowledge of legal procedures will not be fooled by this show of strength from a powerful and brutal state.

The World's Worst Human Rights Offenders

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In light of the ongoing controversy surrounding jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, China has the dubious distinction of joining the world's t...

A Message from Israeli Military Prison on International Human Rights Day

Majida Abu Rahmah | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Majida Abu Rahmah

A year ago tonight, on International Human Rights Day, our apartment in Ramallah was broken into by the Israeli military in the middle of the night.