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

Iran protest crackdown condemned

14 February 2011

Tehran demonstrations in support of Egyptian and Tunisian protests have been dispersed, and opposition figures placed under house arrest.

Yemen must rein in security forces as protests are violently repressed

14 February 2011

Yemen’s security forces beat protesters and reportedly shocked them with electric batons amid ongoing demonstrations inspired by Egypt and Tunisia.

Wounded Egyptian protesters tell of security forces' violence

11 February 2011

Two men who were seriously wounded on the opening day of anti-government demonstrations in Cairo have told Amnesty International they believed the security forces' intention was to crush the protests from their onset.

Azerbaijan must stop harassment of activists inspired by Egypt protests

11 February 2011

Jabbar Savalan was detained and a fellow member of  the Azerbaijan Popular Front Party's youth group was questioned after using Facebook to call for anti-government protests.

Family of murdered Mexican activist abducted

10 February 2011

Amnesty International urges the Mexican authorities to investigate the whereabouts of three relatives of a murdered human rights activist who were abducted this week.

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.