The implication of debt on human rights is becoming an increasingly significant concern – especially in the Eastern and Southern Africa region. Many countries in the region are either already in a debt crisis or approaching debt distress. This is not a new phenomenon for the region, as 15 of...
May 29, 2023
Upon meeting Abdalle Mumin, nothing about him reveals the weight that he has carried on his shoulders since he was a young boy. He grew up in one of Somalia’s camps for displaced persons after his family was uprooted from home following the collapse of the government in the early nineties....
May 3, 2023
Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
Freedom of Movement
Eve Geddie is the director of Amnesty International’s European Institutions Office, which leads Amnesty’s work toward the EU and Council of Europe. Earlier this month, a delegation of European diplomats visited Huwara and Za’tara, two Palestinian towns in the Nablus Governorate, where...
March 20, 2023
Asia and the Pacific
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
The G20 includes Sri Lanka’s top lenders and powers with influence. It must do more than just say sweet nothings. In February, the finance ministers of G20 countries met to discuss the challenges facing the global economy. It was a missed opportunity to help a country on the front line of the debt...
March 9, 2023
On the 2nd of March, in the run up to International Women’s Day, the Human Rights Education Network of Amnesty International met in the webinar “Human Rights Education for Gender Equity”. It was a moment of discussion and analysis of objectives and results of various...
March 8, 2023
In addition to women’s rights, the Taliban continue to violate other human rights. Arbitrary arrests, torture, public punishment, injustice, and violence continue to be committed by the Taliban with zero accountability. Why did the world let the Universal Declaration of Human Rights be violated?...
March 7, 2023
Background As we begin yet another year, the Wet’suwet’en land defenders are still under continued surveillance and criminalization by the British Columbia (B.C.) provincial government and the Canadian federal government. At the source of the struggle is, the Coastal GasLink’s (CGL) pipeline...
March 1, 2023
Instagram, TikTok and other social media have become daily fixtures in the lives of children and young people around the world, with 59% of young people surveyed by Amnesty International now spending more than two hours of their average day on social media. Yet research on young people’s...
February 7, 2023
13 years of a struggle for justice Imagine being detained or abducted by security forces. Now imagine they detain you, yet nobody has any idea where you are, or even if you are dead or alive. The authorities refuse to acknowledge your detention and keep your whereabouts a secret. You have no...
January 24, 2023
Confronted with what can sometimes seem like an endless cycle of bad news in the media, it’s easy to feel despondent. But, amid the gloom, there were plenty of good news stories to celebrate this year. Throughout 2022, Amnesty’s ongoing campaigning, media and advocacy...
December 13, 2022
Amid the doom and gloom of human rights work in the region, a few success stories this year give me hope. by Yamini Mishra, South Asia Regional Director at Amnesty International A cursory look at the human rights situation in South Asia can make one feel that the arc of the moral universe in the...
December 10, 2022
Protests and Demonstrations
Back in 2001, a group of friends from Warsaw, Poland, decided to celebrate Human Rights Day by holding a 24-hour letter-writing marathon. Over the course of the day, they managed to write more than 2,000 letters on behalf of individuals whose rights were being denied by various state authorities....
December 10, 2022