Podcast: Atena Farghadani, imprisoned for her art in Iran - voiced by Nazanin Boniadi

Atena Farghadani
Atena Farghadani © Private

"I was immediately put in solitary confinement. My cell was as deep as a grave with very tall walls. It had no window and no toilet. It was infested with insects, and their stings irritated my skin."
Atena Farghadani

Imprisoned for drawing a satirical cartoon, prosecuted for shaking her lawyer's hand in prison - Atena Farghadani has paid a high price for making art and speaking her mind in Iran, where dissent is met with heavy punishment.

Podcast: Steve Kelly on a long fight for justice following the Hillsborough Disaster

Steve Kelly
Steve Kelly © Private

Saturday 15 April marks 28 years since the Hillsborough Disaster, which remains the biggest sporting disaster to take place in the UK.

On 15 April 1989, 96 men, women and children died in a crush at the football stadium in Sheffield, England.

In the aftermath, Liverpool fans were blamed for the deaths. It took a group of tenacious campaigners – the families and friends of the fans killed – to clear the names of their loved ones and eventually get justice, 27 years later. One of those campaigners was Steve Kelly.

Podcast: Khadija Ismayilova, blackmailed and imprisoned for investigating corruption

Khadija Ismayilova
Khadija Ismayilova

A journalist suspected she was being watched, but she didn't expect to be secretly filmed in her bedroom and blackmailed with the tapes - by her government.

Khadija Ismayilova was punished in a uniquely cruel and humiliating way after she investigated corruption at the highest levels of government in Azerbaijan.

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It's a human right to agitate the 'injustice' system
By Albert Woodfox. Listen to Albert's story in full on our new podcast . A year ago on 19 February 2016 I walked out of a Louisiana prison a free man after serving 44 years in solitary confinement. At that moment I became 'famous' as t...

Exclusive Albert Woodfox podcast to launch series two of Amnesty's 'In Their Own Words'

Amnesty International has launched a new series of its ‘In Their Own Words’ podcasts, highlighting extraordinary stories from around the world. In the second podcast series, we hear remarkable examples of courage from four people who found themselves in the most extreme circumstances. The opening episode, available from today, tells the story of Albert Woodfox , who was released from prison last year after enduring 44 years in solitary confinement in Louisiana, USA. His harrowing story tells of the physical and psychological trauma he suffered, and of his eventual release after his conviction

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Podcast: Albert Woodfox on surviving 44 years in solitary

Albert Woodfox, 2016
Albert Woodfox, 2016 © Marie-Anne Ventoura

Albert Woodfox has endured more years in solitary confinement than anyone else in the US.

Albert was first imprisoned in Louisiana in the 1970s. Racism was rife. Albert decided to take a stand – and it cost him.

Albert’s story is one of surviving when the odds are stacked against you, of fighting for rights in the most desperate of situations, and of friendship, comradery and solidarity when subjected to unthinkable injustice and cruelty.

Nabeel Rajab

Nabee Rajab
Nabeel Rajab © Private

“I know [the Bahraini authorities] are serious about targeting me or silencing me. I guarantee that they will leave me alone if I keep quiet. But I know myself I will never keep quiet. I will keep speaking for those people, for those victims, who cannot speak about themselves.”
Nabeel Rajab

Bahraini authorities would rather you didn't listen to Nabeel Rajab. He's one of the country's leading human rights activists, and a permanent thorn in the authorities' side. He's currently jailed for tweeting - again.

Peter Greste

Al-Jazeera journalists (L-R) Peter Greste, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed
Al-Jazeera journalists (L-R) Peter Greste, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed at their trial in Cairo, 23 June 2013 © KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images

'I thought it was a mistake – we’d done nothing wrong… I thought it’d be over pretty quickly'
Peter Greste

It’s just over a year since Al Jazeera reporter Peter Greste was marched out of his prison cell in Cairo, bundled on to a plane and deported from Egypt back to Australia.

His living nightmare – imprisoned simply for being a journalist – had ended as abruptly as it had started. But what really happened to Peter and his Al Jazeera colleagues? Peter told us the whole story.

Podcast: Chelsea Manning and Michelle Hendley

Chelsea Manning in February 2015, after she began hormone therapy
Chelsea Manning in February 2015, after she began hormone therapy © Private

'I feel like I’ve been stored away all this time without a voice'
Chelsea Manning

She’s arguably the world’s most famous whistleblower. And despite the fact that she’s detained in a high-security military prison, Chelsea Elizabeth Manning is still finding ways to speak out.

Chen Guangcheng and Christian Bale

Chen Guangcheng and Christian Bale
Chen Guangcheng and Christian Bale © AP

Listen to Chen Guangcheng's story

 
You’re under house arrest in China. You’ve committed no crime. The authorities have invested over £400 million in keeping you there under 24/7 surveillance, they’ve filled your house with guards to make sure you can’t leave or communicate with anyone in the outside world. What do you do? Oh – and you’re also a recognisable face from the news – and you’re blind.

If you’re Chen Guangcheng, you carefully plan, and then execute, your escape with incredible bravery.

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