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

Armed security forces attack Yemeni newspaper offices

15 May 2009

Armed security forces used tear gas and shot at the offices of the Aden-based Arabic daily al-Ayyam in Yemen on Wednesday.

Baltic Pride march gets green light in Latvia

15 May 2009

The Baltic Pride march due to take place on Saturday 16 May in Riga, Latvia, will go ahead after a ban against the event was lifted.

Remaining political prisoners freed in Zimbabwe

14 May 2009

The remaining three of 18 political and human rights activists who were re-detained in Zimbabwe last week have all been released on bail.

Baltic Pride march banned in Latvia

14 May 2009

The planned Baltic Pride march due to take place on Saturday in Riga, Latvia, has been banned.

Baltic Pride march in Latvia under threat

13 May 2009

A lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride march planned to take place this weekend in Riga, Latvia has been thrown into doubt after local councillors att

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.