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2015 (57)
Dec 10 2015 9:55AM
Why the UK government must remain a human rights champion

Written by Ann Clwyd MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group (PHRG) In my role as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group (PHRG), I would like to mark International Human Rights Day this year by...

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...

Dec 9 2015 5:09PM
Why it’s better to buy Fair Trade

There has been no shortage of controversy in the media recently, about a number of high street retailers still buying from sweatshops. The story of the plea for help stitched into garments ‘forced to work exhausting hours’, springs to...

Dec 4 2015 5:00PM
The long road to death penalty abolition in Mongolia

Mongolia's lawmakers today voted in a new Criminal Code that abolishes the death penalty for all crimes. It will take effect from September 2016. Amarzaya Galsanlkhagva is a long-time campaigner with Amnesty Mongolia. This is her...

Dec 3 2015 6:00PM
My husband, in prison for supporting human rights in Saudi Arabia

Samar Badawi's husband is Waleed Abu al-Khair, a prominent human rights lawyer in Saudi Arabia. Waleed is in prison, serving a 15-year sentence for speaking out about human rights. Words are not enough for me to express how proud I am...

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...

Nov 26 2015 4:51PM
Our ethical Christmas gift ideas 2015

Christmas is fast approaching. It’s a time when we can sometimes feel like we have to spend a lot of money, just for the sake of it. But shopping doesn’t have to be a purely commercial activity. By shopping ethically you can use your...

Nov 25 2015 2:39PM
Girls in Sierra Leone need us

By Hassatou Sambou, Country Coordinator for Senegal, Sierra Leone and Mauritania Today, the world will celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Yes, because even though we’re in 2015, 35% of women...

Nov 24 2015 3:50PM
Face to face with her former torturer in Mexico

'You did me so much harm. And now you will never forget my face.' Cristel Piña, torture survor, to the policeman who tortured her A few weeks ago, I attended one of Mexico’s new ‘spoken’ trials as an observer. It was one of the first...

Nov 11 2015 6:50PM
When the dust settles: Burma election

Written by James Lovatt, Country Coordinator for Burma Sunday was a bit of an odd day. As a huge number of citizens in Burma were starting their celebrations from a likely NLD victory, Amnesty UK had a number of our activists...

Nov 6 2015 5:00PM
Mass surveillance by another name

The Draft Investigatory Powers Bill, introduced by the UK government on Wednesday, threatens to institutionalise some highly intrusive surveillance powers, the likes of which the UK has never seen before. This flies in the face of the...

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...

Oct 30 2015 5:57PM
Constructive resilience: the Baha’i way to respond to human rights abuses

In Iran, followers of the Baha’i faith face discrimination, arrest and arbitrary detention, some have even been executed because of their religion. Although founded in 1863, the country's constitution does not recognise and protect the...

Oct 26 2015 4:00PM
Travelling to England for an abortion was my only option

We found out we were expecting our second child in June 2012. My husband and I were thrilled. We booked an early scan for later that week. They said I was seven weeks pregnant. We were delighted when we found out our baby was due on...

Oct 23 2015 1:10PM
5 reasons why Prides matter

With the 2015 Pride season comes to a close, we've taken a look at why Pride events are still so important for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and activists across the world. 1. People are still attacked...

Oct 13 2015 2:53PM
If you can read this, thank a teacher – reflections on World Teacher’s Day and human rights in Bahrain

Written by Lucy Barnett, Country Coordinator for Bahrain and United Arab Emirates. Teachers… you remember the ones who bored you to tears, the ones who spoke like drones and seemingly had no passion for their subject. The ones you...

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...

Sep 10 2015 5:20PM
Iran: don't execute Salar, juvenile offender

By Lisa Incledon, Children's Human Rights Network Salar Shadizadi was just fifteen years old when he was charged with the murder of a friend and sentenced to death. He was detained by the Iranian authorities, denied access to a lawyer...

Sep 8 2015 6:08PM
March with us to show solidarity with refugees on 12 September

By Ros Ereira, organiser of the Solidarity with refugees march, supported by Amnesty I don’t know what it is that convinces leaders to stand up and do the right thing. I’ve been on marches before with many thousands of people, and they...

Sep 4 2015 5:04PM
Sudanese young women face flogging for wearing trousers

By Sophia Blake, Children's Human Rights Network When I was 15 I went through a (thankfully brief) phase of wearing all blue outfits. Blue top, blue boots, I even had blue mascara. It might be embarrassing to admit to now but I imagine...