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

Russia: Conviction against activist released from psychiatric unit must be overturned

11 July 2014

The conviction against a peaceful Russian activist who was released from a closed psychiatric institution today must be overturned, Amnesty International said.

Ethiopia: End the onslaught on dissent as arrests continue

10 July 2014

The Ethiopian authorities must halt their continuing onslaught on dissent, Amnesty International said today, after the arrest of four more opposition party members this week, who are believed to be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

New anti-terror law used to imprison Saudi Arabian human rights activist

7 July 2014

The sentencing of a prominent Saudi Arabian lawyer and human rights defender to 15 years in prison has dealt a fresh blow to peaceful activism and freedom of expression in the Kingdom.

Thailand: First conviction of protester under military rule sets dangerous precedent

3 July 2014

Today’s guilty verdict in the case of a peaceful anti-coup protester in Thailand sets a dangerous precedent for freedom of assembly and contributes to the climate of fear under military rule, Amnesty International said. 

UAE: Government critics languish in prison a year after mass show trial

2 July 2014

Nine peaceful government critics are believed to be suffering ill-treatment in an Abu Dhabi prison a year after a grossly unfair trial led to their incarceration, Amnesty International said as it called for their immediate and unconditional release.

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.