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Get Out of Your Election Depression, and Take Action

Anyone opposed to President-elect Donald Trump needs to champion what he or she considers important. Here are some steps Americans can take to strengthen the country.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE


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What Immigrant Communities Can Do to Prepare for President Trump

The election of the Republican candidate, who made fear and xenophobia a central part of his campaign, has spurred advocates to pledge to fight for the dignity of all families.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE



U.N. Experts to United States: Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline Now

Standing Rock Sioux were “denied access to information and excluded from consultations,” a United Nations special rapporteur charges.

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: Former British Ambassador and Whistleblower Craig Murray

Murray, who has been denied entry into the United States to travel to an intelligence-community conference, was removed from the British diplomatic service after he exposed human rights abuses in Uzbekistan.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Feyisa Lilesa, Ethiopian Silver Medalist and Protester

The runner risked death or exile when he finished the men’s marathon with arms crossed in defiance of Ethiopia’s abuse of his tribe, the Oromo.

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Activists Anne Weills, Mollie Costello, Alyssa Eisenberg and Tova Fry

By pressing a civil rights action after being arrested in California, these four won improvements for women being held in deplorable conditions at a Bay Area mega-jail.

Posted on Aug 6, 2016 READ MORE



1968 ‘Black Power Salute’ Sparked Ongoing Miscarriage of Justice by U.S. Olympic Committee

The silent gesture by medalists John Carlos and Tommie Smith was meant to raise awareness of human rights, not dishonor the flag. Both men deserve an apology for how they have been treated.

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 READ MORE



Rights Groups Urge U.N. to Boot Saudi Arabia From Human Rights Council

“What’s particularly shocking is the deafening silence of the international community, which has time and again ceded to pressure from Saudi Arabia,” said Philippe Bolopion, deputy director for global advocacy at Human Rights Watch.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE



Guantanamo Bay Should Be Closed Forever

The prison is the symbol of everything that is wrong with the United States’ so-called war on terror.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 READ MORE



New York Governor Ends Public Funding for Sanctions Campaign Against Israel

“What Israel and its thuggish lobby can’t achieve by persuasion, they obtain via repression and coercion,” says one prominent campaigner for Palestinian rights.

Posted on Jun 5, 2016 READ MORE



Samantha Power, Former Human Rights Journalist, to Receive Award From Henry Kissinger

Although she is currently the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, in the past Power has called out Kissinger for his role in human rights abuses.

Posted on May 31, 2016 READ MORE


‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Lynne Stewart and Ralph Poynter on the Evolution of Radicalism

Stewart and Poynter, a couple with a long history of fighting for human rights, explain how things have changed since the political activism of the 1960s and ’70s.

Posted on May 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


The U.S. Remains Unequal 50 Years After Malcolm X’s ‘Ballot or the Bullet’ Speech (Audio)

In the 1964 talk, the human rights activist stressed the importance of voting to achieve equality for African-Americans, but he warned that violence would be necessary if politicians failed to bring about justice.

Posted on May 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Dana Frank Responds to Hillary Clinton’s Defense of Her Role in Honduras

By Amy Goodman & Dana Frank / Democracy Now!

In an interview on “Democracy Now!,” Frank, an expert on human rights and U.S. policy in Honduras, takes the presidential contender to task over her statements about the 2009 ouster of the Honduras president.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Qatar, a Sponsor in Mega-Event El Clásico Soccer Match, Is Hit With Rights Abuse Charges (Update)

In the same week that the contest was played, Amnesty International blasted Qatar, a sponsor of one of the teams in the big event, saying that migrant workers have endured major human rights violations while building stadiums in that nation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Posted on Apr 2, 2016 READ MORE



Students Challenge Canadian Government on Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia, Citing Kingdom’s Rights Abuse

A lawsuit led by their professor charges that the $15 billion contract violates Canadian law, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claims his government’s credibility would be harmed if he broke the agreement.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 READ MORE



Senator, the Problem of Saudi Arabia Is Much, Much More Than Lack of Equality

Stanley Heller, executive director of the Middle East Crisis Committee, emphasizes in a letter to Sen. Richard Blumenthal that human rights violations in the kingdom run deep. They include “[beheading] people and [crucifying] them for non-crimes such as witchcraft, apostasy and defiance or criticism of the king.”

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Pardiss Kebriaei, a Lawyer Shedding Light on ‘Gitmo’ Prison and Prisoners

In her writings she brings to life the cruelties that the inmates have endured, and in her legal work she has succeeded in getting several men cleared and released.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 READ MORE



America’s Astounding Human Rights Hypocrisy in Cuba

The idea of the United States lecturing Cuba or any other country about human rights comes down somewhere between embarrassing and nauseating.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE



Until We Are Free

Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi is reviled in her native Iran for criticizing the country’s discriminatory laws, and is the victim of relentless assaults against her and her family. “I wanted to run out on the balcony and scream,” Ebadi writes. “How much could they take away from one person?”

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: Noam Chomsky: 5 Reasons the ‘Human Species Is in Very Deep Trouble’ If Trump Wins

The renowned activist and linguist warns of the systematic threat Donald Trump would pose, from human rights to the environment.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 READ MORE



With ‘Fierce Love and Conviction,’ Women Take Stand for Mother Earth

On International Women’s Day, activists honor the assassinated Berta Cáceres and other females fighting against oppression and global capitalism.

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 READ MORE



Albert Woodfox, the Last of the Angola Three, Is Finally Free

Woodfox is a living testament to the resilience of the human spirit when subjected to the cruel and unusual punishment of solitary confinement.

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE



Detained Palestinians Being Abused, Israeli Rights Groups Say

Two Israeli human rights groups alleged Wednesday that dozens of Palestinians at an Israeli detention facility have been mistreated and, in some cases, tortured.

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE



Without Ending Immoral and Illegal Detention, Obama’s Gitmo Plan Is Just Empty Talk

Critics charge that the plan “offers no viable solution to ending what Guantanamo represents, any more than it offers either freedom or justice for remaining prisoners.”

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Obama Presents Plan to Close Guantanamo Bay Prison

President Obama on Tuesday proposed to “once and for all” close the U.S. military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where 779 people have been detained over the years since the 9/11 attacks.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Trump’s Impeachable Offense

GOP presidential candidates are endorsing torture again.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 READ MORE



TPP Is ‘Fundamentally Flawed’ and Should Be Resisted, Says U.N. Human Rights Expert

Alfred de Zayas, the United Nation’s independent expert on the promotion of democratic and equitable international order, said the Trans-Pacific Partnership “is fundamentally flawed and should not be signed or ratified unless provision is made to guarantee the regulatory space of [s]tates.”

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



Let’s End Torture in U.S. Prisons

Survivors call solitary confinement “living death.”

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



Want Endless War? Love the U.S. Empire? Well, Hillary Clinton’s Your Choice

If the candidate’s foreign policy record is any guide, a Hillary Clinton presidency would perpetuate and bolster some of our most hateful national characteristics.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



Azerbaijan Attacks Amal Clooney for Supporting Jailed Journalist

Azerbaijani elites are outraged that the British human rights lawyer has agreed to defend Khadija Ismayilova, the investigative journalist who was jailed after exposing corruption and abuse by the ruling Aliyev family.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE



Profiting From Misery: Are Human Rights Abuses Powering Your Smartphone?

An Amnesty International and Africa Resources Watch report traces the sale of cobalt, used in batteries for cellphones and electric cars, from mines where children work in “perilous conditions.”

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE



2,000 Refugees Given Three Days to Leave as Bulldozers Move Into ‘Jungle’ Camp in France

The “Jungle” is used by up to 5,000 asylum seekers as a base from which they attempt to enter the U.K. via the channel tunnel. Residents at the informal refugee camp say they will peacefully resist eviction-and-transfer to a purpose-built facility nearby, which they describe as resembling a prison that contains no communal areas.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE



Borders of Love, Borders of War

In a Turkish city near the Syrian conflict zone, an ancient tide of passions—both human and political—moves millions.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 READ MORE



A Most Unhappy New Year at Guantanamo

As the clock counts down to the new year, another clock will continue ticking, counting the days, hours, minutes and seconds since May 23, 2013, the day President Barack Obama promised to free all those prisoners at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay who have been cleared for release.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE



‘Off the Charts’ Violence Against Muslims Is Ravaging U.S. Communities

New data confirming anecdotes of rising Islamophobic violence reflects a nationwide trend.

Posted on Dec 20, 2015 READ MORE



Denmark Wants to Seize Jewelry and Cash From Refugees

The Danish government’s harsh stance on the refugee crisis has hit a new low, with its Folketing—or parliament—considering a law that would allow authorities to confiscate valuables such as jewelry from those trying to claim asylum when entering the country. The proposal would also apply to refugees already in the country.

Posted on Dec 18, 2015 READ MORE



40 Years On, the Vietnam War Continues for Victims of Agent Orange

A Vietnamese delegation is in the U.S. to support a bill that would help remedy this humanitarian crisis, which inflicts suffering on both the old and the newly born. The U.S. has a moral obligation to make this bill law.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE



Saudi Arabia Plans to Behead More Than 50 People in a Single Day

Already this year, the desert kingdom has carried out at least 151 beheadings, but these would be the first that deal with allegations of terrorism.

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 READ MORE



No Excuse, Says Human Rights Lawyer: Obama Can Still Close Guantanamo

How the president undermined his own plan to shutter the notorious facility by agreeing to the “defense” bill.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Human Rights Champion Carmelyn P. Malalis

The leader of the New York City Commission on Human Rights is driven by both a zeal for the public good and personal passion. She is on a mission to give a voice to the voiceless.

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE



Mexico’s Supreme Court Rules That Smoking Pot Is a Fundamental Human Right

The motion represents a sharp challenge to the country’s strict drug laws, adding the court’s weight to the growing debate in Latin America over the costs and consequences of the war on drugs.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE



The CIA Is an Ethics-Free Zone

Members of America’s spy agency don’t even learn the rules.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE



Saudi Prisoner Raif Badawi, Flogged for Blogging, Is Awarded the EU’s Top Human Rights Prize

The president of the European Union’s Parliament calls on Saudi Arabia’s king to free Raif Badawi “so he can accept the prize.”

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Why Gaza and Ferguson Are Closer Than You Think

A powerful new video featuring dozens of artists and activists, including Lauryn Hill and Alice Walker, draws comparisons between blacks’ and Palestinians’ struggles for justice.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Truth About Poverty and How to Address It

It’s high time United Nations agencies and the mainstream media acknowledge the true scale of global poverty and engage in a long overdue public debate on how ambitious and transformative the international development agenda really is.

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 READ MORE



Saudi Arabia Continues Hiring Spree of U.S. Lobbyists and Public Relations Experts

Foreign lobbying disclosure documents reveal that the government of Saudi Arabia, known for its grotesque human rights abuses, is aggressively seeking to expand its influence in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Is Palestine the Exception to Free Speech Rights in the U.S.?

University campuses are the front line of Palestinian human rights advocacy in the United States, but a new study documents hundreds of cases in which students and scholars have been punished for expressing themselves. Watch the testimony of some of those who have dared to speak out, as they describe the backlash they’ve faced.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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