Wire

WIRE is Amnesty International's global magazine for people who are passionate about human rights. Read about our campaigns and fresh research, meet the people we work for and with, and - most importantly - take action.

Latest editions

You can download PDFs of the last few editions of Wire by clicking on the links below.

November - December 2014 (PDF 26 pages)

In this issue of WIre you'll meet 12 very different people and communities. What they all have in common is that there is a real opportunity, right now, to make a positive difference in their lives.  This december, for the 12th year in a row, women, men and children all over the world will come together – in community centres, on street corners, at home and online – to do one very simple thing: write letters.

September/October 2014 (PDF 28 pages)

“What if it was me in that photo?” asks one young Amnesty activist looking at Vesselina Nikolaeva’s images of Syrian refugees in Bulgaria (pages 4-7).

Her photos might inspire you to ask more questions: If you had to leave your country, what belongings would you try to take? What risks would you face on your journey? And what kind of life would you try to build until you could return home?

Also in WIRE, find out why women in El Salvador can be accused of murder after losing a pregnancy. Discover how Amnesty’s researchers work to stop torture in the Philippines, Uzbekistan and Mexico. And read the moving story of Hakamada Iwao, who spent 46 years on death row in Japan. Thanks to his sister, Hideko, and the pure power of activism, he is finally free again.

You can support Hakamada and many others like him – find out how in the new issue of WIRE, Amnesty’s global campaigning magazine.

July/August 2014 (PDF 28 pages)

How do you support someone who has been tortured? That's what this issue of WIRE explores, to mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June.

We speak to Farida Aarrass about why she will never give up fighting for her brother, Ali. We discover how the psychotherapeutic legacy of Amnesty legend Helen Bamber lives on in a quiet London garden. We meet two very different women who regularly protest on behalf of people they've never met. And we learn how our new Panic Button app could help protect people.

Meeting these inspiring people answered our question. We can support torture survivors by taking what happened to them personally. By never giving up on them, and giving them room to rebuild their lives. By sticking with people until they get justice. And by making sure torture doesn't happen to somebody else.

Join us: Together, we can stop torture.

May/June 2014 (PDF 28 pages)

A world free from torture: Imagine that.

We have that world clearly in our sights. Amnesty has campaigned to stop torture for over 50 years, and we are not giving up. Because torture is never, ever justified. It is barbaric and inhumane.

As our timeline on pages 6-9 shows, decades of tireless campaigning have already brought huge achievements, including the UN Convention against Torture.

Yet people just like you are still being tortured all over the world. You will meet five of them in this issue of WIRE: Alfreda, Ali, Claudia, Dilorom and Moses (pages 10-17).

By supporting Amnesty’s Stop Torture campaign, you’ll be joining a global movement of millions. Together, we will stand between the torturers and the tortured, sending a clear and simple message to the powers that be: Stop torture.

Join us on our journey. We all have the right to live in a world that is torture-free.

March/April 2014 (PDF 28 pages)

Real opportunities to change the world don’t come around very often. Then suddenly, two come along at once.

In April, government officials will meet to discuss our private lives. Their distant decisions could translate into harsh realities – see our WIRE features from Nepal and Argentina. By joining our My Body My Rights campaign, you can be one of millions pushing for positive changes worldwide.

Right now, we also have a unique chance to support migrants and refugees risking everything to reach Europe. People shouldn’t have to die at sea, be locked up for years or violently turned back. Our S.O.S. Europe campaign asks EU governments to treat people fairly and with dignity. Their voices aren’t always heard, but they still have human rights. We’ll stand with them to make sure that fact is never forgotten.

January/February 2014 (PDF 28 pages)

New year, new conversations.

Even the most intimate areas of our lives touch on our human rights. In WIRE, read the compelling stories of women, men and children who have experienced this personally. Discussing sexual and reproductive rights can be difficult: we hope you will accept the challenge and join our new global campaign, My Body My Rights. Because by daring to articulate the problems, we can start creating solutions, together.

Also in WIRE, see the art being censored in Russia, and tell President Putin to stop attacking freedom of expression before the Sochi Olympics start in February. And keep writing for rights. People like Mohammed al-Roken, a lawyer silenced in the United Arab Emirates, need our support. As our global Write for Rights campaign showed in December, many voices calling for change can be very difficult to ignore.

November/December 2013 (PDF 28 pages)

Every year, around Human Rights Day in December, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide send a message to someone they’ve never met. It’s a classic Amnesty technique: 52 years of human rights work show that words really do have the power to change lives.

Last year, activists in at least 77 countries took a record-breaking 1.9 million actions for people at risk of human rights abuses. This December, we’ll do it all again. In this special issue of WIRE, read the powerful stories of the people and communities featured in Write for Rights 2013. Find out how this huge global event works, and how you can join in. And spend a few minutes taking action for somebody else. Together, we’ll be lighting up the world.

September-October 2013 (PDF 1.8 MB)

This issue of WIRE focuses on the silent crisis of forced evictions in Africa. We also feature the inspiring story of a reunion between two men whose paths crossed dramatically after the coup in Chile 40 years ago.

You can send an appeal for six individuals at risk of human rights abuses, and find out why activists in Mali are fighting for the rights of Romani people in Europe.

Read about how human rights education revolutionized Amnesty Poland’s work, why new laws introduced under Russia’s President Putin are suffocating civil liberties, what turned our Afghanistan researcher, Horia Mosadiq, into an activist, and much more. 

July-August 2013 (PDF, 28 pages, 2.8 MB)

In Kenya and other parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, people are harassed, marginalized, discriminated against and attacked because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Read our photo story with three human rights activists who have been targeted for their sexual orientation and take action on page 22-23 for a Cameroonian man imprisoned for being gay. 

Migrants risking their lives to reach Europe’s borders are being pushed back and locked up in terrible conditions. Amnesty UK’s Naomi Westland shares her stories of migrants and the local residents trying to help them on the Greek island of Lesvos.

Forty years after the 1973 military coup in Chile, human rights defender José Zalaquett reflects on being exiled for his work and the long fight for justice for all those killed, tortured and disappeared during General Pinochet’s time in power. Take action by signing our petition to the Chilean authorities.

Plus, see our timeline on the successful 20-year campaign for an Arms Trade Treaty.

 

May – June 2013 (PDF, 28 pages, 1.9MB)

Our huge recent win of a new global Arms Trade Treaty shows that when people take injustice personally, it can grow into a powerful force for change.

In this issue of Wire, read interviews with people who have been arrested just for speaking their minds, including Katia Samutsevich from Russian band Pussy Riot (page 20). Also, find out why “there are no human rights in Sri Lanka” (page 4).

And see how Vlad Sokhin’s photographs from Papua New Guinea capture a toxic mix of sorcery accusations and casual brutality against women (page 12). Read his LIVEWIRE blog, and sign our petition asking the government to end ‘sorcery’ killings.

 

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