Top 10 Human Rights Victories of 2010

Top 10 Human Rights Victories of 2010

It’s been an energetic year for human rights organizing across the globe. Activists from disparate communities have increasingly turned to Change.org to hold everyone from multinational corporations and international institutions to local officials and companies accountable for their actions…

Victory! DC Lobbyist Drops African Despot as Client

Victory! DC Lobbyist Drops African Despot as Client

Last week it was revealed that Laurent Gbagbo, the illegitimate president of the Ivory Coast who has refused to step down after losing presidential elections, had hired high profile DC lobbyist Lanny Davis to punt for him. Davis was indignant against extensive media criticism over his choice of clients, but after Change.org members stepped in, Davis had a change of heart.

Interview: South African Corrective Rape Activists

Interview: South African Corrective Rape Activists

Last month a tiny group of lesbian activists posted a petition from a safehouse in a township of Cape Town, South Africa calling on the Ministry of Justice to declare ‘corrective rape’ a hate crime. Their petition has since become the most popular Change.org petition of all time. Ndumie Funda, the one-woman leader of the group, says she is overwhelmed by the campaign’s success.

Elected Out of Office? No Problem, Call a DC Lobbyist

Elected Out of Office? No Problem, Call a DC Lobbyist

You’ve reached your term limit as president. You’ve nonetheless forced the country into elections and then lost big time. Everyone and their mother is calling for you to step down. What do you do? Call a famous Washington lobbyist and see if exorbitant amounts of money from one of the poorest countries on earth can pull a few strings.

Christmas Victory! World’s Youngest Imprisoned Blogger Released

Christmas Victory! World’s Youngest Imprisoned Blogger Released

Navid Mohebbi, the youngest blogger ever arrested, was released by Iran on Christmas Day! While governments and mainstream media have paid little attention to Navid’s case, A Safe World for Women has led the way, using Change.org to pressure senior UN human rights officials into advocating for Navid’s release.

Should the Internet Be Run by One U.S. Company?

Should the Internet Be Run by One U.S. Company?

Tomorrow the FCC is set to rubber stamp weak Internet regulations and the controversial merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, a move activists are calling “the beginning of the end” and the effective death of Internet freedoms. What can we do to save net neutrality in the final hour?

Save Ghana’s Railway Dwellers

Save Ghana’s Railway Dwellers

The Ghanaian government has imminent plans to evict thousands of destitute “Railway Dwellers” after signing a $6 billion contract with a Chinese company to completely overhaul the country’s railways last month.

Workers Burned Alive Making Luxury Clothes for US Brands

Workers Burned Alive Making Luxury Clothes for US Brands

Three days ago more than two dozen people, most of them poor women making luxury clothes for Americans, were burned alive in a sweatshop in Bangladesh. Despite it being the latest in a series of similar deadly incidents, multinational clients of the factory like the GAP still refuse to end their relationship with the local company that owns it.