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2013 (38)
Dec 18 2013 2:29PM
Beaten for being gay

When Olympic bronze-medal winning diver Tom Daley made 'that' announcement to his 2.4 million Twitter followers, it made headlines in the national press for days. Sadly, he received a fair number of homophobic comments, but the vast...

Dec 17 2013 6:40PM
Tortured and jailed for peaceful protest and the raising of a flag

Johan Teterissa is a primary school teacher serving a 15-year sentence for leading a peaceful protest in 2007 in Indonesia. He was arrested along with 21 other activists during a government organised event in Ambon, the capital of...

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 11 2013 4:44PM
I’ve received praise for my work, she’s had death threats

I have never met Doctor D, the Afghan gynaecologist whose experience I voiced in the film above, but I know by her story that we have a lot in common. When I was asked if I wanted to be involved in this film, I absolutely leapt at the...

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 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 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...

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 to...

Oct 23 2013 12:43PM
Filep Karma: 15 years in prison for raising a flag of independence

Filep Karma is serving 15 years in prison after participating in an annual ceremony in Abepura in 2004, at which a Papuan independence flag was raised. The Morning Star flag is banned by the authorities as a symbol of Papuan...

Oct 16 2013 12:47PM
Violence against Trade Unionists: continued crimes from Guatemala's civil war

Death threats on the telephone, followed by an attack by armed gunmen and the murder of another trade unionist in Guatemala. A scene that could have come straight from Guatemala City in the 70s or 80s, during the peak of the Guatemalan...

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 1 2013 6:11PM
United we stand - An inspiring woman takes action against sexual abuse

Guest Post by Amnesty Scotland volunteer Katie Cunningham Last week, one of my friends made a rape joke. There was an awkward silence as the group tried to gauge each other’s reaction, and the joker took offence. We had, my friend said...

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 12 2013 3:42PM
A change is gonna come

Rea Cris is the Parliamentary Office Administrator at Scottish Environmental LINK and Communication Co-ordinator at the International Union for Conservation of Nature. You can find her on Twitter @MeecoYoueco Scottish Environment LINK...

Sep 10 2013 2:54PM
Chile: 40 years on, the full story still hasn't been told

Carlos Reyes-Manzo is a photojournalist who was 'disappeared', detained and tortured by the Pinochet regime. This is his story. In 1973 I was a member of the Socialist party's national council and worked as a photojournalist and for...

Sep 6 2013 5:35PM
How many more? Syria's refugees top two million

Charlotte Philips is our researcher on refugee and migrants' rights and recently returned from the Za'atri camp in Jordan. It’s difficult not to feel overwhelmed by the scale and brutality of the conflict in Syria. This week the UN has...

Aug 22 2013 7:11PM
No more hand-wringing on Syria

By Cilina Nasser, Amnesty International’s researcher on Syria, this was originally posted on MSN UK It is impossible to watch the videos that emanated from Syria yesterday and not be moved, yet again, to rage about the international...

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...

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...

Jul 23 2013 3:18PM
The writing’s on the wall for rape and sexual assault

Katie Cunningham is our media volunteer in the Scotland office. When I started university in Edinburgh one of the first things drummed into my head – before my classes had even started – was that I was in danger. Warning signs in...