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: Law on ‘undesirable organizations’ will further tighten the noose on dissent

20 January 2015

A draft Russian law banning “undesirable foreign organizations” is another troubling sign of the authorities’ vigorous measures to restrict any public space for criticism, Amnesty International said today after the Duma (Parliament) passed it on a first reading. 

Sri Lanka: New government must make human rights a priority after mostly peaceful vote

9 January 2015

Sri Lanka’s new government must urgently address a legacy of pressing human rights issues left by the previous administration, Amnesty International said.

Flogging of Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia ‘vicious act of cruelty’

9 January 2015

A witness confirmed to Amnesty International that the flogging of Saudi Arabian activist Raif Badawi took place this morning after Friday prayers in front of al-Jafali mosque in Jeddah. 

Cuba: Prisoner releases must lead to new environment for freedoms

8 January 2015

The release of at least nine jailed opposition activists by the Cuban authorities since last night is a positive step which should be followed by a new human rights agenda on the island, Amnesty International said. 

Saudi Arabia to commence public flogging of activist sentenced to 1,000 lashes

8 January 2015

Amnesty International has learned that the imprisoned Saudi Arabian activist Raif Badawi will be flogged in public after Friday prayers tomorrow in front of al-Jafali mosque in Jeddah. 

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.