2013 (14)
Dec 15 2013 4:54PM
A big step closer to abolishing the death penalty in Zimbabwe?
By Cousin Zilala, Executive Director of Amnesty International Zimbabwe 'As someone who has been on death row myself and only saved by an ‘age technicality’, I believe that our justice delivery system must rid itself of this odious and...
Dec 10 2013 12:57PM
Remembering Mandela: 'I don’t need my name in history books. I was there.'
Colin Haskin is a life-long activist and works with Amnesty in South Africa. I was born in 1957 to a white Irish father and a black Zulu mother. My older sister and younger brother came out white. I did not. For us to live together as...
Nov 6 2013 1:10PM
'Your campaigning connected me to the real world'
Birtukan Mideksa is a Harvard fellow, studying for an MA in Public Administration. She’s also been a politician in Ethiopia, leading her home country’s main opposition party Unity for Democracy and Justice. And because of her political...
Oct 25 2013 1:28PM
‘Society’ is no longer an excuse for Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving
Eman Al Nafjan ( @Saudiwoman ) is a female blogger from Saudi Arabia who has been campaigning against the driving ban. She was arrested by police earlier this month as she filmed a female driver breaking the ban. If there was one word...
Sep 26 2013 2:00PM
Good news: Family protection laws passed in Papua New Guinea
On 18 September 2013, the Papua New Guinean Government passed the Family Protection Bill 2013 with a landslide 65-0 vote. What's the good news? The unanimous support for the bill signified strong political will to reduce the high rates...
Sep 20 2013 3:40PM
'Let no one be forgotten' - Malala's speech
By Malala Yousafzai, Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience 2013 This speech was originally delivered at the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award ceremony in Dublin, Ireland on 17 September 2013. Dear respected...
Aug 22 2013 12:03PM
Reports from the ground: a week of violence and curfew in Egypt
Diana Eltahawy is our Egypt researcher and has spent much of the last few weeks in Cairo. Tension is palpable in Cairo’s eerily empty streets. The night-time curfew imposed last Wednesday following the violent dispersals of pro-Morsi s...
Aug 9 2013 3:33PM
Happy 1st Birthday Amnesty India
One year ago the doors to Amnesty’s office in India opened for the first time. The team hit the ground running, and 12 months on it’s really exciting to see the impact they are having working with and mobilising ordinary people like yo...
Aug 8 2013 7:28PM
Some lessons from history have still not been learned
By Fotis Filippou, Amnesty International’s Regional Campaign Coordinator for Europe and Central Asia “The one who does not remember history is bound to live through it again” George Santayana This week in Hungary, a Budapest Court foun...
Jul 30 2013 4:30PM
Zimbabwe elections: Amnesty directors in Africa speak out
When Zimbabwe’s elections were last held in 2008, the resulting violence and repression led to over 200 people being killed and 10,000 injured. The violence was so severe that hospitals ran out of crutches and 28,000 people were forced...
Jun 21 2013 12:28PM
Turkey: standing still is not a crime
An update from Andrew Gardner, Amnesty’s Turkey researcher in Istanbul. On Monday night, one person went to Taksim Square and just stood still in a silent and symbolic protest against the recent violence there. The same evening, lots o...
Jun 16 2013 12:23PM
A hospital in Amnesty's Turkey office
Murat Çekiç, Director of Amnesty Turkey, on a sleepless week in Istanbul. As I write this, there are at least 10,000 people in Taksim Square, all protesting for 10,000 reasons. But here in our office, everything is calm. We had a makes...
Jan 25 2013 5:45PM
Brazil: The fishermen in Guanabara Bay
In December 2012, Amnesty International Brazil organised an event alongside the Brazilian Canoe Championships to demand justice for the fishermen of Guanabara Bay. Since 2009 the fishermen of Guanabara Bay, known as the Association of...
Jan 25 2013 5:42PM
Morocco: Young people call for the end of the death penalty
Young Amnesty activists are leading the charge against the death penalty in Morocco and in the rest of the world. Since 2006 they have made remarkable progress in a country where many people believe that the death penalty is a right of...