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Edward Snowden Says NSA Spied on Amnesty International and Other Human Rights Groups

Former NSA contractor-turned-whistle-blower Edward Snowden made a virtual visit to a Council of Europe summit in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday to claim that the American security agency had spied on human rights organizations, including Amnesty International.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE



Pussy Riot Breaks With Liberated Duo

This may be a case of overstatement, but six members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot have let it be known that Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the two band members recently released from Russian prison, are no longer part of their collective.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Two Human Rights Groups Target U.S. Drone Policy as Illegal

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, in separate reports, accused the U.S. of committing likely war crimes through the drone killings of civilians in Pakistan and Yemen. Both also called for full investigations and more transparency from the U.S. on whom it kills, where and why—and to open itself to criminal investigations when those attacks violated international law.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Genocide Conviction of Efraín Ríos Montt Overturned

Guatemala’s top court has thrown out the conviction of the general and former military dictator for genocide and crimes against humanity in what Amnesty International has called a “devastating blow for the victims of the serious human rights violations committed during the conflict.”

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE



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America the Militarized

For some strange and troubling reason, the Senate’s recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, which could drastically change the way the American military relates to U.S. citizens on U.S. soil, failed to raise much of an uproar.

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Questions About Gadhafi’s Death Delay His Burial

Just as in the case of Osama bin Laden’s death last May, some major concerns have cropped up in the international community about the circumstances that led to Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s end on Thursday. Specifically, whether the killing of Gadhafi might have been carried out in ... (more)

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE



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NAACP May Ask Obama to Stop Davis Execution

With just hours to go until Troy Davis’ scheduled Wednesday night execution by the state of Georgia, the NAACP’s Edward DuBose said his group may ask President Obama to stop the killing by order of executive clemency. (more)

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 READ MORE



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A Message From Troy Davis

A day before his scheduled execution, Amnesty International USA released a message from Troy Davis, who said, “I will not stop fighting until I’ve taken my last breath.” Davis will be killed Wednesday night unless there is a last-minute intervention. (more)

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 READ MORE


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Vatican Told Irish Clergy to Keep Abuse Reports From Police

According to an official letter issued by the Vatican in 1997, the Holy See issued a warning to higher-ups in the Irish Catholic Church, strongly suggesting that they keep reports of child abuse by clergy members from outside authorities or they could face “embarrassing” consequences.

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Death Penalty Keeps U.S. in Bad Company

Here’s a list of countries where you don’t want to find yourself when it comes to human rights: Saudi Arabia, Iran, China, Iraq, Pakistan and the good ol’ U.S. of A. Those six states execute more of their citizens than any others, according to Amnesty International’s latest tally. The U.S. is the fourth-worst offender.

Posted on Mar 23, 2009 READ MORE


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Dissidents Are Held Back as Clinton Holds Forth in China

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this weekend made her first visit to China in her new role, but Amnesty International and other activist groups didn’t like her position when it came to addressing China’s treatment of dissidents—more specifically, she didn’t take a firm stand on the issue during her meetings with Chinese officials.

Posted on Feb 21, 2009 READ MORE


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Unions Join Greek Unrest

In a move that further complicates the anti-government unrest rocking Greece for the past four days, the country’s two biggest trade unions have declared their intention to go ahead with a planned 24-hour strike, likely to paralyze the economy in protest against government policies and incompetent handling of the economic crisis.

Posted on Dec 10, 2008 READ MORE



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China Under Fire for Olympic Crackdowns

When Beijing was chosen to host the Olympics, the Chinese government pledged to make human rights improvements, but Amnesty International says the situation has actually gotten worse because of the coming games: “Specifically we’ve seen crackdowns on domestic human rights activists, media censorship and increased use of re-education through labor as a means to clean up Beijing and surrounding areas.”

Posted on Jul 28, 2008 READ MORE



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Aid Groups Slam Gaza Blockade

A coalition of human rights and development groups has condemned Israel’s blockade of Gaza as the worst humanitarian crisis the territory has suffered since 1967. The Israeli government has defended the blockade as a necessary strategy against rocket attacks, a claim the aid groups reject.

Posted on Mar 5, 2008 READ MORE


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International Protest Targets Guantanamo

Activists around the world took to the streets Friday wearing orange jumpsuits in protest of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, which Amnesty International calls an “unlawful black hole.” Eighty demonstrators were arrested in or near the Supreme Court building, where justices are reviewing the legality of the government’s detention program.

Posted on Jan 11, 2008 READ MORE


Vatican Shuns Amnesty International

The Vatican is urging Catholics not to donate to Amnesty International because, it says, the group selectively promotes abortion. The human rights organization says the church has misrepresented its policy and, in the process, imperiled human rights. The World Health Organization estimates that 70,000 women die every year from unsafe abortions.

Posted on Jun 13, 2007 READ MORE


China and Russia Deny Involvement in Darfur Genocide

Amnesty International has accused China and Russia of violating a U.N. arms embargo against Sudan. The human rights organization says the weapons end up in Darfur, where they are used against civilians in the ongoing genocide. The two Security Council members deny any wrongdoing.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


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Shutting Down Guantanamo

Jumana Musa, advocacy director for domestic human rights and international justice at Amnesty International, speaks with Truthdig about the war on human rights, why conditions at Guantanamo have only gotten worse and why she has hope for the future.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


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Shutting Down Guantanamo

Jumana Musa, advocacy director for domestic human rights and international justice at Amnesty International, speaks with Truthdig about the war on human rights, why conditions at Guantanamo have only gotten worse and why she has hope for the future.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


Cuba Leads Charge to End U.N. Human Rights Investigations

The newly formed U.N. Human Rights Council is debating whether to do away with the special rapporteurs whose job is to investigate global human rights abuses. A group of countries typically subjected to such scrutiny, with Cuba and China at the helm, argues that domestic reports should be sufficient.

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


Amnesty Says Iraq Prison Abuses Continue

Even in the wake of Abu Ghraib, reports of torture in American-run Iraqi prisons continue to “pour out of Iraq,” according to Amnesty International.

Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE


Fresh Torture Claims Arise at Guantanamo

Amnesty International renews its request for the prison to be shut. | story
Also, the U.S. general at the center of the detainee abuse scandal refuses to answer questions in a court-martial. | story

Posted on Jan 11, 2006 READ MORE


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