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April 21st, 11:03am 1,424 notes
pbsthisdayinhistory:

April 21, 1989: Tiananmen Square Protests Begin
On this day in 1989, students began protesting in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the symbolic central space of China. Several weeks later, when the government sent in the army to end the demonstrations, the citizens of Beijing poured into the streets in support of the students.The demonstrations ended in a massacre on the night of June 3-4, when the government sent the troops into the city with orders to clear Tiananmen Square. One day later, a single, unarmed young man stood his ground before a column of tanks on the Avenue of Eternal Peace. Captured on film and video by Western journalists, this extraordinary confrontation became an icon of the struggle for freedom around the world.
In 2012, FRONTLINE took a look back at how the iconic image of the “tank man” came to be, more than twenty years after the massacre at Tiananmen Square. Photo: A Chinese man stands alone to block a line of tanks heading east on Beijing’s Changan Blvd. in Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989. (AP/Jeff Widener)

pbsthisdayinhistory:

April 21, 1989: Tiananmen Square Protests Begin

On this day in 1989, students began protesting in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the symbolic central space of China. Several weeks later, when the government sent in the army to end the demonstrations, the citizens of Beijing poured into the streets in support of the students.

The demonstrations ended in a massacre on the night of June 3-4, when the government sent the troops into the city with orders to clear Tiananmen Square. One day later, a single, unarmed young man stood his ground before a column of tanks on the Avenue of Eternal Peace. Captured on film and video by Western journalists, this extraordinary confrontation became an icon of the struggle for freedom around the world.

In 2012, FRONTLINE took a look back at how the iconic image of the “tank man” came to be, more than twenty years after the massacre at Tiananmen Square.

Photo: A Chinese man stands alone to block a line of tanks heading east on Beijing’s Changan Blvd. in Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989. (AP/Jeff Widener)

April 8th, 12:35pm 303 notes
breakingnews:

Snowden says NSA spied on human rights workers
Guardian: The National Security Agency has spied on human rights groups, Edward Snowden tells the Council of Europe.
He told the group: "The NSA has targeted leaders and staff members of these sorts of organisations, including domestically within the borders of the United States.”
Snowden listed Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch as among the bodies the NSA has spied on.
Photo: Edward Snowden speaks via video link with members of the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters via The Guardian

breakingnews:

Snowden says NSA spied on human rights workers

Guardian: The National Security Agency has spied on human rights groups, Edward Snowden tells the Council of Europe.

He told the group: "The NSA has targeted leaders and staff members of these sorts of organisations, including domestically within the borders of the United States.”

Snowden listed Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch as among the bodies the NSA has spied on.

Photo: Edward Snowden speaks via video link with members of the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters via The Guardian

April 7th, 10:10am 126 notes

SCOTUS declines to hear NSA challenge

breakingnews:

APThe Supreme Court of the United States declined on Monday to hear a constitutional challenge to the NSA’s bulk collection of US telephone records.

April 3rd, 11:57am 3 notes

amnestymidwest:

In an interview on Worldview, Amnesty International USA’s executive director, Steve Hawkins, discusses the upcoming AGM and the unique opportunity AIUSA has to strengthen its impact by connecting human rights activists locally with the global movement.

Amnesty Group 317 from Indianapolis will have 5 members at the AGM…if you’re going to be there, find us and say “hi.”

April 2nd, 6:55pm 2 notes

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March 18th, 10:20pm

Amnesty Indianapolis Meeting Wednesday at 7pm

Join us tomorrow night for our Monthly Meeting! Support and discuss human rights. We will meet at 7PM in the Max Kade Director’s Room on the first floor of the historic Athenaeum downtown Indianapolis. Human Rights letter actions will include Ukraine and Venezuela. Please feel welcome to join us!

March 14th, 6:01pm 2 notes

Not only should the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights prevent extra judicial killings and torture outside U.S. borders, the principals established in our own founding documents should preclude us from any of these things, all of which, apart from being morally wrong, act against the national interest and incite hate against the United States.

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March 11th, 5:03pm 135 notes

amnestyusa:

From The Atlantic's Andrew Cohen:

Glenn Ford, a black man wrongfully convicted of murder by an all-white jury in Louisiana in 1984, a man who has spent the last 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit following a trial filled with constitutional violations, is on the verge of…

February 19th, 9:12am 34 notes

“The dramatic escalation in violence in the last 24 hours is deeply alarming. This is a time for clear-headed thinking where all sides should be striving to calm tensions and curb violence. Worryingly confrontation appears to be prevailing.”

“The abusive use of force by police in recent months has fanned the flames of protest currently burning in Independence Square – the Ukrainian authorities must be careful not to fuel them further. The police response to protester violence must be targeted and proportionate and the right to peaceful assembly respected.”

John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International Europe and Central Asia Program Director, 19 February 2014 (via amnestyusa)
February 18th, 6:06pm 880 notes
amnestyusa:

theatlantic:

Ukraine’s Revolution Is Being Broadcast Live

Three months after the first anti-government protests in Ukraine, the country has experienced its deadliest day of political violence, with nine people dying in clashes between demonstrators and police. The beating heart of the pro-Europe, anti-Russia ‘Euromaidan’ movement is in Kiev’s Independence Square (in Ukrainian, Maidan Nezalezhnosti), and the square is currently in flames after a day of police firing rubber bullets at protesters wielding molotov cocktails and fireworks. Earlier on Tuesday, opposition activists marched on parliament, while setting fire to government buildings and security vehicles. All this comes a day after Russia, which has urged Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to crush the protests, announced that it would be sending Ukraine $2 billion in aid as a lifeline for its tanking economy.
Now, as night falls in the capital, the independent Ukrainian station Espreso TV is broadcasting a live feed of the surreal scene in Independence Square—a feed punctuated by intermittent explosions and impassioned speeches.
The whole thing is bracing to behold.
Read more. [Image: Reuters/Maks Levin]


Watch live here

amnestyusa:

theatlantic:

Ukraine’s Revolution Is Being Broadcast Live

Three months after the first anti-government protests in Ukraine, the country has experienced its deadliest day of political violence, with nine people dying in clashes between demonstrators and police. The beating heart of the pro-Europe, anti-Russia ‘Euromaidan’ movement is in Kiev’s Independence Square (in Ukrainian, Maidan Nezalezhnosti), and the square is currently in flames after a day of police firing rubber bullets at protesters wielding molotov cocktails and fireworks. Earlier on Tuesday, opposition activists marched on parliament, while setting fire to government buildings and security vehicles. All this comes a day after Russia, which has urged Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to crush the protests, announced that it would be sending Ukraine $2 billion in aid as a lifeline for its tanking economy.

Now, as night falls in the capital, the independent Ukrainian station Espreso TV is broadcasting a live feed of the surreal scene in Independence Square—a feed punctuated by intermittent explosions and impassioned speeches.

The whole thing is bracing to behold.

Read more. [Image: Reuters/Maks Levin]

Watch live here