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

New global coalition urges governments to keep surveillance technologies in check

4 April 2014

World leaders must commit to keeping invasive surveillance systems and technologies out of the hands of dictators and oppressive regimes, said a new global coalition of human rights organizations as it launched today in Brussels. 

 

Q&A: Coalition Against Unlawful Surveillance Exports (CAUSE)

4 April 2014

The Coalition Against Unlawful Surveillance Exports (CAUSE) brings together leading global and national human rights and other NGOs, who are all calling for governments to take action on the international trade in communication surveillance technologies.

Death of activist Dinh Dang Dinh should be ‘wake-up call’ for Viet Nam

4 April 2014

Amnesty International has paid tribute to Dinh Dang Dinh, the Vietnamese environmental activist, blogger and former prisoner of conscience, who has died aged 50.

Egypt must release three activists jailed under repressive new protest law

4 April 2014

Egypt must overturn the convictions of three government critics jailed for taking part in an “unauthorized” protest and immediately and unconditionally release them.

Fears of renewed government crackdown ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix

1 April 2014

As the eyes of the sporting world turn to Bahrain’s Formula One Grand Prix this weekend, Amnesty International urges the country’s authorities not to quash peaceful protests surrounding the event.

Video and Audio

Video: Worldwide actions to close Guantánamo

18 January 2008

Thousands of people, including Amnesty International members and supporters from around the world, have taken action to mark the sixth anniversary of the first transfe

Video: Protest in Washington to end illegal US detention

12 January 2008

Amnesty International activists gathered in Washington D.C. on 11 January to mark the sixth anniversary of the first transfers of detainees to Guantánamo. 

Video: Close Guantánamo actions in the UK

11 January 2008

Actions to mark the sixth anniversary of Guantánamo in London started on 10 January, when Amnesty International activists organized an all-night vigil around a

Video: Activists targeted in Myanmar 'witch hunt'

18 October 2007

New video and audio testimony received by Amnesty International tells of ongoing night raids, arbitrary arrests and appalling detention conditions in Myanmar.