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

China must end human rights crackdown in advance of Nobel award

8 December 2010

Hundreds of activists have been being detained, interrogated, or arrested in advance of the event honouring jailed Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.

Nineteen countries turn down invite to Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

7 December 2010

China has been 'arm-twisting' governments to stop them attending the award ceremony for imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, Amnesty International says.

Chinese AIDS activist held in ‘legal limbo’

2 December 2010

An ailing Chinese AIDS activist is at risk of being detained indefinitely on trumped up charges due to a legal loophole.

China urged to release activist detained over Tiananmen photograph

1 December 2010

Bai Dongping is held on the charge of "incitement to subvert state power" after he posted a photograph of the 1989 pro-democracy protests on the web.

NGOs: Gaza civilians continue to suffer

30 November 2010

In a new report, Amnesty International and other human rights organizations show how Israel's failure to lift the blockade is depriving Palestinians of access to clean water, electricity, jobs, and desperately-needed materials for construction projects.

Video and Audio

Teargas in Egypt's Tahrir Square

29 June 2011

Amnesty International's Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui reports from demonstrations in Tahrir Square, Cairo.

Video: The role of Western countries in the Egypt crisis

Senior Director of Amnesty International Widney Brown gives an international political analysis and human rights update on the Egypt demonstrations.

Salil Shetty on Egypt protests

Amnesty International's Secretary General disappointed by military failure to protect protesters

Amnesty International staff member reports from a raid on a Cairo law centre

3 February 2011

The Hisham Mubarak Law Centre has been raided by security forces and surrounded by army and police.

Tunisian government must respect rights amid protests

18 January 2011

Tunisian government must respect rights amid protests

Networking for change

Amnesty International analyses the role of social media in unrest across the Middle East and North Africa.

Gambia Global Day of Action

22 July 2010

Government urged to end its widespread use of arbitrary detentions and torture as activists worldwide stage protests against the authorities' appalling human rights record.

Mexican activist jailed for defending human rights

Interview with Raúl Hernández, a Mexican human rights defender who has been wrongfully imprisoned for his work with an Indigenous community.

Video: Thousands get Fired Up for human rights

22 December 2008

Thousands of people around the world took part in actions to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December.