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

Israeli forces displayed ‘callous indifference’ in deadly attacks on family homes in Gaza

5 November 2014

Israeli forces have killed scores of Palestinian civilians in attacks targeting houses full of families which in some cases have amounted to war crimes, Amnesty International has disclosed in a new report on the latest Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip. 

Egypt’s defence of human rights record ‘cynical’

5 November 2014

Egypt’s defence of its human rights record lay in tatters today, Amnesty International said following the country’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) examination today.

Brazil: Killers of community leader must be brought to justice

30 October 2014

The fourth anniversary of the killing of an outspoken community leader in Maranhão state must be a wake-up call to the Brazilian government to urgently address increasing violence in the region.

Dominican Republic: Reaction to Court ruling shows shocking disregard for international law

24 October 2014

The dismissive reaction of the Dominican Republic to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ ruling on human rights abuses suffered by Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants demonstrates a shocking disregard for the country’s legal responsibilities.

Equatorial Guinea must disclose full details of amnesty for political prisoners

24 October 2014

Equatorial Guinea’s government should reveal the names and the reasons for the arrest of all prisoners set to benefit from the country’s newly announced amnesty on political crimes.

Video and Audio

Video: The Price of Silence global musical mosaic

10 December 2008

The Price of Silence is a global musical mosaic that powerfully delivers on the message that human rights begin at home and that people world-wide are united in figh

Video: 60th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

10 December 2008

Amnesty International has called on governments to make the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) a time for action not just for celeb

Video: Amnesty International's Beijing Olympics campaign

1 December 2008

Amnesty International invited the world to call on the Chinese government to deliver a positive and lasting human rights legacy for the Beijing Olympics.

Video: Working against poverty in Kenya

17 October 2008

Michael Nyangi runs a microfinance project called Lomoro in Kibera, one of the largest slums in Nairobi, Kenya.

Video: Anna Politkovskaya remembered, danger for activists continues in Russia

7 October 2008

Two years after the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, human rights activists and journalists are still at risk in the Russian Federation, in particula

Video: Aerial art petition to Chinese authorities

16 July 2008

Thousands of Amnesty International supporters from around the world teamed up with Circle Up Now, to create large images on the ground which are only

Video - Riga Pride 2008

31 May 2008

Amnesty International activists from around 30 countries gathering in Latvia to join Riga Pride 2008 in sol

Video: Amnesty International reaches out for Kenya

31 March 2008

Amnesty International members around the world reached out for the people of Kenya on 27 February 2007.

Video: The origami cranes' journey to Belarus

25 January 2008

When a Belarusian youth activist was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment, Amnesty International considered him to be a prisoner of conscience and launched a campaig