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

Americas: Violence on the rise against those defending human rights

9 December 2014

Campaigners, lawyers, journalists, community leaders and trade unionists, all human rights defenders who put their lives and liberty at risk in the fight for human rights, continue to suffer intimidation, harassment and violence across Latin America and the Caribbean according to a new Amnesty International report published today. 

Liu Ping: Jailed for 'picking quarrels and provoking troubles'

8 December 2014

An act of kindness transformed Liu Ping from a factory worker into a passionate anti-corruption activist in China. Her daughter, Liao Minyue, tells their story.

 

Pariskevi Kokoni: Torn apart by hate

7 December 2014

Once they were neighbours. Today, racism and fear have left this quiet Greek town a divided community.

7 ways Saudi Arabia is silencing people online

6 December 2014

Raif Badawi is serving a 10-year prison sentence in Saudi Arabia, mainly for setting up a website. We talk to another local blogger – who has to remain anonymous for their own safety – about different tactics the authorities use to silence people online.

Aidzhan Musaev: 'My son is not a spy'

5 December 2014

Uzbekistan is one of the world’s most authoritarian states, where speaking out is dangerous. But almost nine years after his son Erkin was accused of spying, and then tortured and jailed, Aidzhan Musaev has decided it’s time to share their story in this rare interview.

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.