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    Six women and their fight for justice in Madagascar

    In Madagascar people awaiting trial languish in prison for months on end without receiving a trial date. When Tamara Leger, Amnesty International’s Regional Advisor for Madagascar, came across six women being held in prison for a crime they didn’t commit, she knew she had to do something about it. Crumbling walls, crowded dirty spaces and […] More

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    Kumi Naidoo: Carbon majors cannot put their interests before humanity’s survival

    This is the full prepared transcript of Kumi Naidoo’s testimony to the Philippines Commission on Human Rights’s investigation into 47 ‘carbon major’ companies, and their responsibility for human rights abuses resulting from climate change. A video of the testimony is available here.  Introduction As the new Secretary General of Amnesty International and former Executive Director […] More

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    Mali: New law will reinforce the culture of impunity for human rights violations

    Amnesty International is urging the Malian authorities not to vote in a new law which may allow the perpetrators of killings, torture and other atrocities to escape justice. On 13 December Mali’s National Assembly will examine the ”National Understanding Act” (Loi d’entente nationale) which has vaguely worded provisions. The law could lead to “abandoning the prosecution […] More

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    Another winter of discontent on the Greek islands

    “Winter is coming,” Ali, a 21-year-old refugee from Afghanistan said to me when I met him Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos last month. “There are pregnant women and children here. How are they going to survive the cold?” It was a question to which I had no answer, and as temperatures […] More

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    Amnesty International withdraws human rights award from Aung San Suu Kyi

    Amnesty International announced today that it has withdrawn its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, from Aung San Suu Kyi, in light of the Myanmar leader’s shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for. On 11 November, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo wrote to Aung San Suu Kyi to inform her the organization is revoking the 2009 award. Half way through her […] More

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    Turkey: Judicial farce must end with acquittal of human rights defenders

    Almost a year-and-a-half after they were first arrested, and still facing absurd charges, Amnesty International Turkey’s Honorary Chair, former Director and nine other human rights defenders must be acquitted, said Amnesty International as their trial resumes tomorrow in Istanbul.  Taner Kılıç, Amnesty Turkey’s Honorary Chair, and İdil Eser, the organisation’s former Turkey Director, are being tried alongside […] More

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    The Journey to Freedom

    Field testing is underway for our latest training initiative. A Free the Slaves team this month debuted our new handbook on the liberation, rehabilitation and reintegration of people who’ve been trapped in modern slavery. The first five-day beta test workshop was conducted in Ghana. More than 20 front-line field workers from International Justice Mission (IJM), […] More

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    She Was a Teenage Victim of Domestic Violence and Rape. She Sought Help. This Week, Iran Executed Her

    By Mansoureh Mills, Iran Researcher at Amnesty International “Child bride.” “Criminal.” “Juvenile offender.” These are some of the many labels assigned to Zeinab Sekaanvand during her far too short life. Sekaanvand, who was executed on Tuesday in Urumieh prison in Iran’s West Azerbaijan province, was rarely seen for who she really was: a vulnerable young woman […] More

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    “This has to stop”: Meet 3 women campaigning for better arms control

    Irresponsible arms trading devastates lives every day. Here three activists tell Amnesty International how they are affected by this issue, and what they’re doing to change things.  “It wasn’t until 2017 that I realised how big a role the global arms trade plays in the war in Yemen,” says Radhya al-Mutawakel, a Yemeni human rights defender. “I […] More

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    Unpaid and abandoned: the abuse of Mercury MENA workers

    PART 2: NEPAL Out of sight, out of mind At the end of 2017, at least thirty-four male Nepali migrants returned home from Qatar penniless, dejected and overloaded with debt. Employed by Mercury MENA, a major mechanical, engineering and plumbing company with operations across the Middle East and North Africa, the workers found themselves working […] More

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