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

Security forces in Honduras urged to respect human rights as protests continue

30 June 2009

Further demonstrations are expected in support of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted on Sunday.

Europe shows support for Azerbaijan’s threatened independent media

29 June 2009

Amnesty International members across Europe join in a day of action as part of the organization’s solidarity campaign with independent journalists and human righ

Accused in Politkovskaya murder case face retrial


25 June 2009

Russia's Supreme Court has overturned the acquittal of three men accused of involvement in the 2006 killing of journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

Amnesty International chief challenges Zimbabwe Prime Minister to implement human rights reforms

23 June 2009

Secretary General Irene Khan expressed her concern at the continuing human rights violations in Zimbabwe, when she met with the country's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangi

Iran's supreme leader condones violent police crackdown on protesters

19 June 2009

Ayatollah Khamenei's televised address calls for an end to street protests against the outcome of the election and warns people that if they continue to take to the st

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.