Amnesty International USA Magazine Spring 2008

June 26, 2008

Amnesty International USA Magazine Spring 2008

Spring 2008

Murat Kurnaz

Five Years of My Life
By Peter Meroth and Uli Rauss

When he was 19, Murat Kurnaz quit moonlighting as a nightclub bouncer in his hometown of Bremen, Germany, began attending a nearby mosque and asked his parents to arrange his marriage. After his wedding in Turkey in 2001, he departed for Pakistan to study Islam. Worried that his parents would try to stop him from going, he left without saying goodbye. More »

Pakistani Police

State of Emergency
By Sonya Fatah

Pakistani lawyers and activists stood in the line of fire to defend the rule of law against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf. In spite of mass arrests and persecution, they have called the world?s attention to the urgent human rights situation in Pakistan. | More »

Isabelle and Jean-Paul

Intended Consequences
By Jonathan Torgovnik

During the 1994 genocide, Rwandan women were subjected to sexual violence on a massive scale, mainly by members of Hutu militias known as Interahamwe. The most isolated among the survivors are women who have borne children as a result of being raped. | More »

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Letter from Chad
By Garelnabi Abusikin Abbas

I am a refugee from Darfur, living in Philadelphia and working as a taxi driver. My mother, sister, brother and aunt are still in refugee camps in Chad. In September 2007, I journeyed back to the region with a fellow Darfuri refugee. We packed our two cars with clothing and goods that people in the United States had donated. Our first stop was Iridimi camp, one of the largest in eastern Chad. My mother lives there. | More »

U.S. Aid Package to Mexico Raises Human Rights Concerns
By Renata Rendon

Despite the poor human rights record of Mexico's law enforcement agencies, Congress has been deliberating a Bush administration proposal the Merida Initiative-to provide $1.4 billion over three years to Mexico and Central America to combat "drug trafficking, transnational crime and terrorism in the Western Hemisphere." | More »

Beijing Olympics
By Laura Vilim

With the Beijing Olympics just months away, Amnesty International sections around the world are intensifying their demands that China improve its human rights record. | More »

Changing Hearts and Minds
By Ron Lajoie

As AIUSA members Abe Bonowitz, Celeste Fitzgerald and Lorry Post watched the vote count creep inexorably up the legislative scoreboard, they knew they were about to witness an outcome they had dedicated their lives to achieving. | More »

Denounce Torture Campaign

Led by Amnesty International, hundreds of activists rallied on a soggy National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 11 to mark the sixth anniversary of the first arrival of detainees at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. | More »

Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women

Violence against women is a global phenomenon that includes rape, domestic violence, female genital cutting, forced and child marriage, "honor" killings, dowry-related violence, human trafficking, and sexual violence during armed conflicts or in refugee settings.| More

Teachable Moments

Alonta Wrighton, principal of P.S. 11, an elementary school in a Brooklyn neighborhood undergoing the stresses of rapid development, gentrification and potential displacement, was thrilled when a couple of fifth grade boys marched into her office last year with a wallet they had found in the park.| More

A Jihad for Love

The making of A Jihad for Love was a jihad in itself. More