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Amnesty International and Emily Bazelon whitewash prostitution, leaving Indigenous women and girls to deal with the consequences

By Cherry Smiley / Feminist Current The full decriminalization of prostitution has received considerable mainstream media attention of late: On May 5, the New York Times published an article by Emily Bazelon called, “Should Prostitution be a Crime?” and on May 26, Amnesty International formally adopted a position in favour of the total decriminalization of prostitution. Neither … Continue reading Amnesty International and Emily Bazelon whitewash prostitution, leaving Indigenous women and girls to deal with the consequences

London Amnesty Action protest attracts 200

By Janie Davies / Feminist Current Women protested in 50 countries on October 23, united in their opposition to Amnesty International’s recommendation for full decriminalization of the sex industry, including pimps and johns. The campaign was organized by a coalition of individual women and women’s groups, collectively referred to as Amnesty Action. All these women know that where … Continue reading London Amnesty Action protest attracts 200

Jonah Mix: On Prostitution, the Left has Taken a Right-Wing Turn

Last week, Amnesty International moved from being a human rights organization to a men’s rights organization. Delegates from around the world met in Dublin over the weekend at the biennial International Council Meeting to vote on a policy of what they called “decriminalizing sex work.” This terminology is deceitful; what Amnesty International actually voted on … Continue reading Jonah Mix: On Prostitution, the Left has Taken a Right-Wing Turn

Owen Lloyd: Rape is Not a Human Right

By Owen Lloyd / Deep Green Resistance News Service Dear Amnesty International, As the world’s largest human rights organization [1], you can’t claim ignorance of the figures. Let’s review a few of them. Researchers, interviewing 854 prostituted people in 9 countries, the vast majority of them women [2], found that: 89% wanted out but had … Continue reading Owen Lloyd: Rape is Not a Human Right

Palestinian activists set up protest camp across from illegal Israeli settlement

By Saleh Hijaz / Amnesty International In the small hours of Sunday, more than 500 Israeli police surrounded around 130 Palestinian activists at a protest camp on the hills opposite the illegal Israeli settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, east of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank. The camp, which the activists called the village of Bab … Continue reading Palestinian activists set up protest camp across from illegal Israeli settlement

Guatemalan Femicide: The Legacy of Repression and Injustice

By Cyril Mychalejko  / Toward Freedom One generally overlooked feature of the Guatemalan government and military’s 36-year (1960-96) genocidal counterinsurgency campaign against the country’s Mayan population is the strategy of targeting women with violence. Rape, mutilation, sexual slavery, forced abortion, and sterilizations were just some of the sadistic tools used in a systematic practice of … Continue reading Guatemalan Femicide: The Legacy of Repression and Injustice

Mexican authorities engaging in campaign of murders, disappearances, and torture

By Cyril Mychalejko / Toward Freedom The War on Drugs is becoming another “Dirty War” in Mexico, with the tactic of enforced disappearances reappearing as a commonplace occurrence in the country. “Enforced disappearances in Mexico have happened in the past and continue to happen today,” the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances stated … Continue reading Mexican authorities engaging in campaign of murders, disappearances, and torture

2008 oil spill in Niger Delta was 60 to 200 times worse than claimed by Shell

By Amnesty International A major oil spill in the Niger Delta was far worse than Shell previously admitted, according to an independent assessment obtained by Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD), which exposes how the oil giant dramatically under-estimated the quantities involved. The spill in 2008, caused by a … Continue reading 2008 oil spill in Niger Delta was 60 to 200 times worse than claimed by Shell

Brazil’s Supreme Court accepts “sex work” defense for man who raped three 12-year-old girls

By Amnesty International The acquittal by Brazil’s Supreme Court of a man accused of raping three 12-year-old girls on the basis that they were allegedly “sex-workers” is an outrageous affront to the most basic human rights and it has no place in Brazil today, said Amnesty International. The decision confirmed earlier rulings by state-level courts … Continue reading Brazil’s Supreme Court accepts “sex work” defense for man who raped three 12-year-old girls

500 deaths attributed to tasers in the United States since 2001

By Amnesty International The deaths of 500 people following police use of Tasers underscores the need for tighter rules limiting the use of such weapons in law enforcement, Amnesty International said. According to data collected by Amnesty International, at least 500 people in the USA have died since 2001 after being shocked with Tasers either … Continue reading 500 deaths attributed to tasers in the United States since 2001