2013 (33)
Dec 10 2013 11:29AM
Seven years jail for a Facebook post: Tunisia's not-so-social media
Last week, UK Attorney General Dominic Grieve announced he would be publishing guidance on social media use to help people stay on the right side of the law. Let’s hope he doesn’t look to Tunisia for inspiration when determining social...
Nov 28 2013 9:48AM
Chelsea Manning: which one doesn't belong?
Let’s all take a trip down memory lane to our Sesame Street days and engage in the following exercise of “Which One Doesn’t Belong”: The only soldier who was tried in the death of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Haditha, Iraq – no prison...
Nov 27 2013 1:14PM
Let's not forget the stories of the disappeared in Sri Lanka - Prageeth Eknaligoda’s wife visits Amnesty
Last week I heard first-hand from one of the 1000s of people whose families have suffered human rights abuse in Sri Lanka. It’s an opportunity that the Sri Lankan authorities did their utmost to deny David Cameron and other leaders mee...
Nov 22 2013 2:13PM
Yorm Bopha released on bail
Yorm Bopha, a Cambodian activist, who was imprisoned on false charges to keep her quiet, has been released after more than 85,000 people signed our global petition including nearly 18,000 from the UK. ‘Thank you to Amnesty Internationa...
Nov 21 2013 8:55AM
How long does it takes to fill a lake with sand?
For Boeung Kak Lake in central Phnom Penh, Cambodia, it took over three years. The developers kept working to fill it. Eventually, the lake flooded and destroyed nearby homes. What had been a thriving district was turned into a giant s...
Nov 15 2013 12:07PM
Demonstrating again, and again, and again, despite the risks and violence. Welcome to Nabi Saleh.
Imagine you live in a small village, and a big chunk of the village’s land is stolen by an illegal settlement, accompanied by an occupying army. Then, not satisfied with stealing your land, the occupiers also steal your water supply. W...
Nov 12 2013 8:41AM
Everyone, everywhere: Why our mass Urgent Action for Dominican citizens needs you
Back in 2006, we issued what must be our biggest urgent action ever: ‘ victims of human rights violations in all countries ’. A little vague, you might think. But at that point, the US could have stalled the creation of the UN Human Ri...
Nov 6 2013 5:08PM
Fear for safety of "missing" Pussy Riot member
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, imprisoned member of Russian punk group Pussy Riot, has disappeared. She was reportedly put into a car on the 22 October, apparently to be transferred to another penal colony from the one she was held at previou...
Nov 5 2013 1:05PM
When will there be good news?
I’m often asked if we have any good news updates, or success stories. Quite rightly, we are constantly looking for proof that what we are doing works, and that ‘good’ will come of our letter writing. Over the years, my reply has tended...
Nov 1 2013 12:00AM
Show your support for Afghan Women’s Skills Development Centre
For women and girls escaping violence, a shelter can provide a life line. In Afghanistan, there were no shelters where women and girls could escape the violence that is endemic in the country. That was until 2002 when the amazing work...
Oct 8 2013 12:49PM
Ability to endure death threats and harassment… all part of a front line activist's CV
James Savage is our Human Rights Defenders Programme Manager, supporting and protecting activists around the world who face grave risks conducting their work. Boarding a plane to Dublin a day or two before your birthday usually signals...
Oct 7 2013 9:23AM
Azerbaijan's pre-election crackdown on dissent: why I'm taking it personally
When I was 17, I was arrested while peacefully participating in a protest. So when I heard that 17-year-old Azerbaijani activist Shahin Novruzlu had been arrested , it really struck a chord with me. But the similarities start and end t...
Oct 1 2013 1:21PM
Help get Soni Sori home
This SMS action is now closed. Thank you to everyone who added their names - we have handed in the petition to the Indian authorities. Already signed our petition? Thank you! Please now share Soni’s story with friends on Twitter or Fac...
Oct 1 2013 1:18PM
Help get Hossein Ronaghi Maleki home
This SMS action is now. Thank you to everyone who added their names - we have now sent the petition to the Iranian authorities. Already signed our petition? Thank you! Please now share Hossein’s story with friends on Twitter or Faceboo...
Sep 27 2013 1:31PM
You wait ages for a release...
....and then two come at once! We've had some fantastic news on two of our long-term cases in the recent weeks. Shi Tao - China Great news! Journalist and poet Shi Tao was released on 23 August 2013. Shi Tao served eight years and nine...
Jul 30 2013 12:40PM
One month on - Bring Shaker home
It's a month since the Prime Minister announced he'd write to Obama about Shaker Aamer's case. Since then 10,000 of you have written to Cameron; Frankie Boyle's gone on hunger strike; the US Senate met to discuss closing Guantánamo and...
Jul 18 2013 11:45AM
Join our social media action for Herman Wallace
Imagine spending the majority of your adult life in a space not much bigger than your bathroom. Two paces wide by three deep. For 23 hours a day, every day. This has been the reality for Herman Wallace (and his friend Albert Woodfox) f...
Jun 24 2013 6:03PM
Herman needs your support
It is with an extremely heavy heart that I bring you news about a decline in Herman Wallace’s health. Herman is one of the so-called ‘Angola 3’ and has been incarcerated in solitary confinement for 41 years in Louisiana, USA. On 17 Apr...
Jun 10 2013 11:37AM
North Korea – the shocking reality for those who dare to escape
Propaganda spread over walls, people who are unable to speak their minds in fear of being reported, and limited exposure to the outside world. I can only be describing the disturbing country of the Democratic People’s Republic of North...
Jun 6 2013 5:18PM
Dr Tun Aung; jailed by the Burmese authorities for trying to help
Plots of films are often based on cases of mistaken identity. A character on the run, working against the clock to prove her innocence – or a blameless soul languishing in jail as a determined, impoverished, lawyer works away to save h...
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