Russia: Vladimir Kara-Murza, jailed prisoner of conscience, awarded Václav Havel Prize

Responding to the news that Vladimir Kara-Murza, a prominent Russian political activist and journalist who has been detained since April 2022 for his anti-war views, has been awarded the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Director for Europe and Central Asia, said: “Vladimir […] The post Russia: Vladimir Kara-Murza, jailed prisoner of conscience, awarded Václav Havel Prize appeared first on Amnesty International.

Biden Succumbs to Lobbyists in Move Toward Saudi Arms and Defense Agreements

President Biden’s formally announced plan to visit Saudi Arabia next month is a dramatic reversal of earlier promises to treat the Arab nation as a “pariah” in light of its repeated human rights violations. Calls are growing for Biden to hold the Saudi government accountable for the brutal murder and dismemberment of American resident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. But as he faces domestic anger over rising fuel prices, Biden seems to have declining leverage with one of the most oil-rich countries in the world and the top weapons client for the U.S. “The Biden administration has succumbed to…