2014 (7)
Sep 8 2014 2:48PM
Yara Sallam: From activist's passion to Egypt's prisons
How does it feel when someone you actually know is put in prison? Perhaps as a campaigner for justice for individuals, groups and communities it shouldn’t feel different – after all, their position is just as bad – but somehow knowing...
Jun 24 2014 12:05PM
Belarus: beaten up by police for being gay
LGBTI Pride season in the UK is underway, and we’re getting ready for London Pride. We are putting the finishing touches on our float, and getting ready to put on the feather boas. Yet while we celebrate our achievements in the UK, LGB...
Jun 11 2014 4:39PM
Nabeel Rajab: "Your work has given me hope"
I am Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and Director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR). I have just been released from prison after serving a two-year sentence for my peaceful and legitimate...
May 22 2014 9:20AM
Stopping Torture – one Urgent Action at a time
Amnesty has a long history of campaigning for the eradication of torture worldwide – so much so that we won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977. Since Amnesty’s creation, we’ve worked on behalf of individuals who are victims of torture, or w...
Apr 15 2014 9:14AM
On the brink of extinction in Russia
The humble placard: the activist’s best friend. One sad by-product of the recent crackdown on free speech in Russia is the demise of the slogan-on-a-stick. Last week, for example, a small group of protesters holding invisible placards...
Feb 25 2014 2:21PM
Everyday people but not everyday abuses
Sometimes a case comes along that stops you in your tracks. This happened when I read about the forced sterilisation of indigenous women in Peru. Last month the Public Prosecutor’s office closed the case of thousands of Indigenous wome...
Feb 11 2014 3:50PM
Continue writing: every letter matters
Back in December I was lucky enough to meet Russian human rights lawyer Rustam Matsev. Rustam had spent the last few months studying in London and approached Amnesty before he was due to leave, asking us if there was anything he could...