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

Viet Nam: Police beatings outside court amid crackdown on activism

26 August 2014

The Vietnamese authorities must stop attacks on peaceful activists, Amnesty International said after three human rights defenders were sentenced to jail and police beat and arrested their supporters. 

Morocco: Activists jailed for reporting torture must be released immediately

14 August 2014

Two activists recently imprisoned after they reported they had been abducted and tortured must be released immediately and unconditionally, Amnesty International said.

Saudi Arabia: Outrageous sentence against Shi’a cleric shows disturbing pattern of harassment

14 August 2014

The outrageous eight year prison sentence against a Shi’a cleric in Saudi Arabia for criticizing its leaders is the latest example of a disturbing pattern of harassment and discrimination against the country’s Shi’a community.

Mounting evidence of deliberate attacks on Gaza health workers by Israeli army

7 August 2014

An immediate investigation is needed into mounting evidence that the Israel Defense Forces launched apparently deliberate attacks against hospitals and health professionals in Gaza, which have left six medics dead.

South Sudan: End Media Restrictions

1 August 2014

South Sudan’s National Security Service (NSS) should stop seizing and shutting down newspapers as well as harassing, intimidating and unlawfully detaining journalists, two leading human rights organizations said today in a joint report.

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