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Eight Police Officers Fired 46 Times at My Mentally Ill Son for Holding a Pen Knife

The following is an excerpt from an interview with Jewel Hall conducted by the ACLU of Michigan about the killing in 2012 of her son Milton by eight police officers. Parts of her interview appear in the video below, which also includes footage of the police killing Milton. Show More Summary

VIDEO: Snowden Pays Tribute to History in "Citizenfour" Introduction

A video introduction by Edward Snowden kicked off a German screening of Citizenfour, which opened the documentary film festival Dok Leipzig on Monday evening. Snowden explained that he was moved to record the statement – his first such...Show More Summary

Nobel Peace Prize Winners Call on Obama to Reckon With Torture

Twelve Nobel Peace Prize laureates sent a powerful letter to President Obama today, calling on him to lead the nation by reckoning with the Bush administration's torture program, closing Guantánamo, and adhering fully to the United States' legal obligations under the Geneva Conventions and the U.N. Show More Summary

FTC Needs to Make Sure Companies Aren’t Using Big Data to Discriminate

The ACLU filed comments today with the FTC urging it and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to investigate whether big data is being used in online marketing in ways that are racially discriminatory. If companies are in fact engaging...Show More Summary

Ebola: A Survivor's Mission to Help Others

UNICEF is working with survivors—now immune from Ebola—to protect their communities and care for victims.

What's Wrong With Political Legacies?

If you were Jeb Bush, you'd probably think this is a golden opportunity to finally mount that presidential bid you've been thinking about your whole life. The current Democratic president isn't particularly popular and has been serving for two terms, making the "time for a change" argument a natural for Republicans. Show More Summary

Government not required to disclose full details of defence

CF v The Ministry of Defence and others [2014] EWHC 3171 (QB) – read judgment Angus McCullough QC of 1 Crown Office Row acted as Special Advocate in this case. He has nothing to do with the writing of this post. The High Court has ruled that in a case against the state which did not […]

Justice for Jessica: Holding the U.S. Accountable for Protecting Domestic Violence Survivors

It has been 15 years since the tragic deaths of Jessica Lenahan's three daughters. On June 22, 1999, Jessica's estranged husband, Simon Gonzales, kidnapped Rebecca, Katheryn and Leslie from their front yard, in violation of a domestic violence order of protection. Show More Summary

LIVE NOW: Ferguson, where do we go from here?

LIVE NOW: a panel discussion with activists and leaders from Ferguson, St. Louis, and beyond about next steps for the movement for human rights and accountability. The 4 streams below are coming from individuals who have been streaming from the ground … Please continue reading.

Barclays bros duck out – leaving Supreme Court to sort out the constitutional problem

R (ota) Sir David Barclay and Sir Frederick Barclay v Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor, The Committee for the Affairs of Jersey and Guernsey and Her Majesty’s Privy Council [2014] UKSC 54 - read judgment  The Supreme Court has just ruled on a case which appeared before the Administrative Court on the judicial […]

When Smart Gets Scary: Invasion of the Data Snatchers

Smartphones and smart refrigerators and smartwatches, oh my. I know, I know, it doesn't sound scary, but more and more, the things we own are being hooked up to the Internet and quietly collecting data on us, which is then packaged and...Show More Summary

Stop. Tweet. #StopTorture and Demand Reparations in Chicago.

October 24th is United Nations Day –meant to commemorate the passage of the Charter of the United Nations.  One of the principles of the UN Charter, enshrined in the preamble, is: “to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the … Please continue reading.

Will Elizabeth Warren Run? Her New Challenge to Hillary Clinton

This article is an updated version of "What Clinton Could Learn From Warren," in the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine. S enator Elizabeth Warren stunned the political world this week with her comment in an interview with People magazine, which seemed to leave the door open for a presidential run in 2016. Show More Summary

From Ferguson to Hong Kong: Youth on the front lines

By Rafi Hoq, Amnesty International USA Student Activist Coordinator for Georgia This week, I’ve been reading the latest updates from student-led “umbrella movement” in Hong Kong with a deepened diligence, and continuing to follow the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri with newfound … Please continue reading.

14 Facts about Torture in Mexico

For years Amnesty International has been investigating and recording evidence of torture in Mexico. The latest report, Out of Control: Torture and other ill-treatment in Mexico, is full of shocking facts about just how widespread and toxic the problem is. … Please continue reading.

Israel/Palestine Conflict: Why now is the time to change to a human rights approach

The same day Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General, visited the Gaza Strip saying, “a restrictive occupation that has lasted almost half a century, the continued denial of Palestinian rights and the lack of tangible progress in peace negotiations” was the … Please continue reading.

Not a Laughing Matter: Famed Comedian Supports Call for Release of Iranian Physicist

Maz Jobrani, the popular Iranian-American comedian, usually makes people laugh. But now he has set mirth aside to send a serious message to the Iranian authorities: they should release noted physicist and prisoner of conscience Omid Kokabee, who is serving … Please continue reading.

End Saudi Arabia’s relentless crackdown on civil and political rights activists

By Lara-Zuzan Golesorkhi, Amnesty International Saudi Arabia Country Specialist It didn’t have to happen this way in Saudi Arabia. Earlier this decade, Saudi human rights activists saw promise for change, saw their efforts paying off. Now they’re facing long prison … Please continue reading.

A Minister and a Rabbi Walk Into a Vegas Wedding Chapel...

There are currently 32 states and counting that have marriage equality. This is up from 12 states before we helped Edie Windsor strike down the Defense of Marriage Act in the Supreme Court last June. In the states where gay couples have...Show More Summary

WTF Friday, 10/24/2014

The following things happened this week: First lady Grace Mugabe indicated that she would like to succeed her husband Robert Mugabe, currently 3,713 years old and in his 846th year in office, as president. I feel like the Mugabes might’ve … Continue reading ?

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