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

IOC urged to uphold human rights

10 February 2014

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) must not ignore the serious human rights violations associated with the preparation for and staging of the Sochi Olympic Games, Amnesty International said today. 

Egypt: Release women protesters facing trumped-up charges

7 February 2014

The Egyptian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release three women arrested last November at a protest at Mansoura University, said Amnesty International.   

Sochi Olympics countdown sees Russia jailing second prisoner of conscience this week

5 February 2014

In a brief and blatantly unfair closed trial at which no lawyer was present, Russian environmental activist Igor Kharchenko became the country’s second new prisoner of conscience in the week leading up to the Sochi Winter Olympics. 

‘The walls of the cell were smeared with blood’ – third anniversary of Egypt’s uprising marred by police brutality

4 February 2014

As celebrations got underway for the third anniversary of Egypt’s uprising against the rule of Hosni Mubarak, security forces broke-up marches and rounded up hundreds of protesters and bystanders.

Russia: Another environmentalist in custody as his NGO forced to scrap Sochi report launch

4 February 2014

The re-arrest today of yet another environmental activist ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, as well as his brief detention along with five colleagues last night, are more evidence of growing efforts to clamp down on civil society ahead of the Games. 

 

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.