Human Rights Defenders

Human rights defenders expose violations and campaign for redress for victims. They are the people who on their own or with others take action to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights for all. The important thing is not who they are, but what they do. Human rights defenders take peaceful action and believe everybody has equal rights.

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News and Updates

Israel must scrap illegal land grab in the West Bank

1 September 2014

The Israeli authorities’ outrageous plan to expropriate nearly 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank is illegal and must be rescinded immediately, said Amnesty International.

From bad to worse: Looming deadline compounds Egyptian NGOs’ woes

31 August 2014

Egypt is tightening its chokehold on civil society as the country’s independent NGOs face the risk of being shut down if they fail to comply with a compulsory requirement to register by 2 September.

Ahmad Seif el-Islam Hamad: Egypt loses a tireless champion of human rights

29 August 2014

The death of Ahmad Seif el-Islam Hamad robs the Egyptian human rights movement of one of its ablest defenders in its hour of greatest need.

Disappearances in Syria: The ghosts of the war

29 August 2014

Peaceful activist Mohamed Bachir Arab has been held in secret since he was arrested by the Syrian intelligence forces on 2 November 2011. He is one of Syria's many "disappeared". 

Russian NGO branded as 'foreign agent' after reporting on Russian military action in Ukraine

29 August 2014

Russia’s official branding of a civil society organization as a “foreign agent”, an expression akin to “spying”, for speaking out on Ukraine is a sign of the country’s determination to suppress any information about its military activities there.

Video and Audio

Video: The Price of Silence global musical mosaic

10 December 2008

The Price of Silence is a global musical mosaic that powerfully delivers on the message that human rights begin at home and that people world-wide are united in figh

Video: 60th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

10 December 2008

Amnesty International has called on governments to make the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) a time for action not just for celeb

Video: Amnesty International's Beijing Olympics campaign

1 December 2008

Amnesty International invited the world to call on the Chinese government to deliver a positive and lasting human rights legacy for the Beijing Olympics.

Video: Working against poverty in Kenya

17 October 2008

Michael Nyangi runs a microfinance project called Lomoro in Kibera, one of the largest slums in Nairobi, Kenya.

Video: Anna Politkovskaya remembered, danger for activists continues in Russia

7 October 2008

Two years after the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, human rights activists and journalists are still at risk in the Russian Federation, in particula

Video: Aerial art petition to Chinese authorities

16 July 2008

Thousands of Amnesty International supporters from around the world teamed up with Circle Up Now, to create large images on the ground which are only

Video - Riga Pride 2008

31 May 2008

Amnesty International activists from around 30 countries gathering in Latvia to join Riga Pride 2008 in sol

Video: Amnesty International reaches out for Kenya

31 March 2008

Amnesty International members around the world reached out for the people of Kenya on 27 February 2007.

Video: The origami cranes' journey to Belarus

25 January 2008

When a Belarusian youth activist was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment, Amnesty International considered him to be a prisoner of conscience and launched a campaig