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

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.

Russia: Whistleblower Edward Snowden trapped without legal protection

1 August 2014

The reports that Edward Snowden has been living in Russia with precarious “temporary leave to remain” rather than under any formal asylum protection is further evidence he must be allowed to travel to and seek asylum in the country of his choice. 

Video and Audio

Video: Worldwide actions to close Guantánamo

18 January 2008

Thousands of people, including Amnesty International members and supporters from around the world, have taken action to mark the sixth anniversary of the first transfe

Video: Protest in Washington to end illegal US detention

12 January 2008

Amnesty International activists gathered in Washington D.C. on 11 January to mark the sixth anniversary of the first transfers of detainees to Guantánamo. 

Video: Close Guantánamo actions in the UK

11 January 2008

Actions to mark the sixth anniversary of Guantánamo in London started on 10 January, when Amnesty International activists organized an all-night vigil around a

Video: Activists targeted in Myanmar 'witch hunt'

18 October 2007

New video and audio testimony received by Amnesty International tells of ongoing night raids, arbitrary arrests and appalling detention conditions in Myanmar.