2015 (16)
Dec 10 2015 7:00AM
Even from prison, you can still light a candle
By Waleed Abu al-Khair, currently imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for defending human rights. He wrote this post before he was imprisoned in July 2014. Writing while waiting to go to prison is like bidding your loved ones farewell before yo...
Nov 26 2015 4:54PM
The UK’s warm welcome transforms life for Syrian refugees
Written by Khairunissa Dhala from Amnesty's refugee and migrants team. Having lost their home while battling serious illness, a family of refugees from Syria has started a new, peaceful life after being resettled in the UK. 'We were co...
Nov 6 2015 5:00PM
My wife, in prison for protesting
In March, Phyoe Phyoe Aung was arrested and imprisoned for helping to organise student protests in Burma. Just this week, her husband Lin Htet Naing was also imprisoned, after nearly eight months in hiding, for his part in organising t...
Sep 30 2015 1:20PM
A mother disappeared - Aster Fissehatsion's son reflects
Aster Fissehatsion has been missing for 14 years. She was arrested in 2001 after signing an open letter calling for democratic reforms. Here her son Ibrahim Mahmoud Ahmed Sherifo talks of the years without his mother and his continued...
Jul 13 2015 5:46PM
I'm dreaming: how I felt when my husband came home
Bheki Makhubu, a Swaziland editor and prisoner of conscience, was freed on 30 June after being jailed alongside human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko. His wife Fikile spoke to us after his release about her relief, and the pain of having...
Jul 3 2015 12:07PM
My first week of freedom after 10 years in a Nigerian jail
When I called my mother from prison to tell her I’d been pardoned after 10 years in jail, she fainted. I was told they had to pour water on her to revive her. Later, when she saw me for the first time after all those years in jail, she...
Jun 19 2015 12:55PM
My family’s torture – dealing with Raif Badawi’s flogging
By Ensaf Haidar, wife of jailed blogger Raif Badawi By now, millions of people around the world have come to know my husband Raif Badawi’s name. All of this attention is encouraging, but the reasons why have shocked me to my core. Raif...
May 20 2015 7:17PM
Equal, but not the same: 13-year-old students direct movies to explore gender inequality in Mexico
Amnesty Mexico shows the difference it makes if you put primary school students in the director’s chair, rather than sit them passive in the audience. They set up a Short Film Festival on Gender Equality to encourage school students to...
May 20 2015 6:51PM
Bodo oil spill: 'I was so happy that Shell agreed to pay'
The oil company Shell was recently forced to pay £55 million in compensation to people in Bodo, Nigeria, after their lives were devastated by two massive oil spills in 2008. One of them is Pastor Christian Lekoya Kpandei, 53 - a 'born...
Apr 29 2015 5:06PM
Mediterranean crisis: ‘We don’t let people drown’
I’ve just returned from meeting with shipwreck survivors, the coastguard and officials in Lampedusa – the Italian island on the frontline of the crisis in the Mediterranean Sea. It was incredibly harrowing but, as always, I was truly t...
Apr 27 2015 5:52PM
Surviving a shipwreck in the Mediterranean: Ali’s journey
More than a thousand people drowned trying to reach Europe by boat last week. The survivors of the tragedies have harrowing stories to tell. Ali spoke to our staff in a reception centre on the Italian island of Lampedusa. He had just b...
Mar 20 2015 4:00PM
Azerbaijan, 'the Russian linesman' and other dodgy sporting decisions
Cast in bronze outside the national football stadium that bears his name in Baku, Tofiq Bahramov’s statue stands with one arm bent across his chest and the other outstretched to the side, forever signalling for a free kick. Better know...
Feb 18 2015 1:11PM
3 must-watch videos, 13 lost years: Shaker's story
There’s a superstitious part of me, and a worried part of me. And both parts of me feared last Saturday: it marked thirteen years since Shaker Aamer was airlifted to Guantanamo. My fear is that in Congress, the fear-mongers who are see...
Feb 1 2015 4:32PM
Chelsea Manning: 'I'm so thankful for all of your support'
I wanted to thank all of you so very much for your actions of support and solidarity. I understand that over 200,000 actions were taken [for me] - that’s absolutely incredible! I am also so grateful for all the heartfelt support from t...
Jan 12 2015 1:52PM
The sin of torture and Guantánamo Bay
Written by Jason D. Wright, Esq., a US Army veteran and human rights advocate. Disclaimer: The following article reflects the opinions of Jason Wright and not Amnesty International. The opening principles of the Universal Declaration o...
Jan 9 2015 3:06PM
Gagging in the wake of Charlie Hebdo
'Tonight I can write the saddest lines,' goes the opening of the Pablo Neruda poem. But I have to admit, it’s very tough to type these words now. As a journalist, I’m struggling to put the proverbial pen to paper in an attempt to strin...