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“My heart is exhausted”: A mother’s story of death row in Saudi Arabia

Ali al-Nimr was just 17 when he was arrested on 14 February 2012, a few months after taking part in anti-government rallies in Saudi Arabia. He was sentenced to death, despite being a minor when he was arrested and following a deeply unfair trial based on “confessions” he says were obtained through torture. He now awaits his execution. His mother, Nassra al-Ahmed, tells their story. When I first heard the verdict to execute my little boy, I felt as if a thunderbolt was hitting my head.

Date:
12 February 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Bahrain
  • Demonstrations

7 stories of shocking injustice: Bahrain after the ‘Arab Spring’

Five years ago, people in Bahrain rose up in protest to demand reform, but were met with violence from security forces. Since then, the authorities have continued to arrest, torture and intimidate people who speak out. 1. Ali Abdulhadi Mushaima: Killed during protests but still no justice Ali Mushaima was the first protester to be killed during the uprising in Bahrain after being shot on 14 February 2011.

Date:
11 February 2016
  • Education
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

10 quotes on the power of human rights education

10 times human rights defenders and activists around the world have reminded us how human rights education makes a difference in protecting people's rights: 1. "Human rights education is much more than a lesson in schools or a theme for a day; it is a process to equip people with the tools they need to live lives of security and dignity. On this International Human Rights Day, let us continue to work together to develop and nurture in future generations a culture of human rights, to promote freedom, security and peace in all nations.

Date:
10 February 2016
  • News
  • Americas
  • Detention

Pope Francis must resist Mexico’s well-oiled PR machine

Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico was controversial from the start. It is one of the most reverently Catholic countries in the world but with a shocking human rights record. It was reported that high on the Pope’s agenda were the disappearance of the Ayotzinapa students and the plight of thousands of Central American migrants, but this did not seem to sit well with the administration of President Peña Nieto.

Date:
10 February 2016
  • News
  • Americas
  • Discrimination

Haiti, we have a problem …

Less than a week from now, on 7 February, a new President should take office in Haiti. But there is a problem: Haiti does not have a new president. Relations between President Michel Martelly’s party, Tèt Kale, and the opposition were tense during most of the Martelly’s tenure. But they reached unprecedented levels after the first round of presidential elections on 25 October. As a consequence, the runoff, initially set for 27 December, was postponed twice and now there isn’t even a new date on the books.

Date:
5 February 2016
  • News
  • Syria
  • Refugees

Syria's refugee crisis in numbers

Refugees in the region More than 4. 5 million refugees from Syria are in just five countries Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt: Turkey hosts 2. 5 million refugees from Syria, more than any other country worldwide Lebanon hosts approximately 1. 1 million refugees from Syria which amounts to around one in five people in the country Jordan hosts approximately 635,324 refugees from Syria, which amounts to about 10% of the population Iraq where 3.

Date:
3 February 2016
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Justice Systems

Spain: 10,000 kilometres and 80 years for justice

When the Spanish Civil War broke out, Félix Llorente lived and worked on the railways in the Castilian town of Medina del Campo. His great-niece, Anaïs Huerta, is a filmmaker who now lives in Mexico. On 28 July 1936, Félix was detained by the authorities and brought to Medina del Campo jail, “for his record and activities”. On 15 August that year he was taken out of the jail, supposedly to be transferred to another prison, and disappeared.

Date:
29 January 2016
  • Education
  • Italy
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

My life as… a human rights educator in training

If choosing her destiny and being in control of her own story was possible for Laura Maria, 30, human rights educator in training, she says this was never an option for many women in her family. Using her personal experience as an illustration of how education plays a decisive part in people’s lives, here she shares with us why it’s important to work with young people on human rights. “Human rights education can empower the citizens of the future, the school can be the best place and a book can be an important tool to facilitate this process.

Date:
28 January 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Americas
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

3 ways to fight for human rights in your community

Get involved in your local area and help support human rights across the world. 1. Join (or start) a local group Organizing or joining a campaigning group in your local community is a great way to meet like-minded people and take action on the issues you care about. Local groups can help spread the word about Amnesty’s campaigns with stalls at music events, bars or festivals. You can also organize public events which raise awareness and money and encourage action on the big issues.

Date:
25 January 2016
  • News
  • Egypt
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Egypt's myth of stability: Gross abuses don't deliver security

Five years ago, human rights defender Ahmed Abdullah was among thousands of Egyptians who took to the streets for 18 days of mass protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, eventually forcing then-President Hosni Mubarak to step down and the security forces to retreat. Today, Ahmed is on the run. He dodged arrest by the thinnest of margins on January 9, after plainclothes police in Cairo raided his regular coffee shop.

Date:
25 January 2016
  • News
  • Egypt
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Egypt's courageous few fighting for human rights

Never before in my 10-year career has working on human rights in Egypt been so dangerous. Today in Egypt, human rights activists, lawyers, political activists and independent journalists, all have to live with their phone calls being tapped, endless smear campaigns and hate speech from state-affiliated media as well as continuous harassment and intimidation from the authorities. For some, this relentless persecution can even lead to arbitrary arrest, prolonged detention, harsh sentences after unfair trials and sometimes even torture, enforced disappearance at the hands of the state or death in custody as a result of medical negligence.

Date:
22 January 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

10 ways you help us respond to a crisis

During war and conflict, crisis researcher Joanne Mariner is the first on the ground to gather evidence of serious human rights crimes. She tells us how your support makes her life-changing work possible. 1. Training “I’ve had training in first aid, facing hostile fire, and dealing with hostage situations. I’ve seen how high velocity bullets can penetrate steel. But being prepared is much more about experience than training.

Date:
21 January 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Ireland
  • Women and Girls

Ireland’s abortion law turns healthcare into obstacle course

Irish psychiatrist Veronica O’Keane on Ireland’s controversial abortion law, the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, which came into force in January 2014 I am a consultant psychiatrist and a professor of psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin. I am also a woman who has lived under a misogynistic legal system all my life, in a country that purports to be a liberal “western democracy”. Until 2013,women in Ireland had no effective legal right to an abortion even if their life was at risk.

Date:
18 January 2016
  • News
  • Syria
  • Armed Conflict

Madaya shocked the world but this story isn't over

Reports of residents starving to death in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya near Damascus have shocked the world over the past week. On Monday, residents finally received long-awaited humanitarian aid for just the second time since government forces and their Hezbollah allies imposed a siege on the town in July 2015. One aid basket containing food and other essential supplies was delivered to each family and is meant to last them for a month.

Date:
15 January 2016
  • Campaigns
  • United States of America
  • Discrimination

16 Martin Luther King quotes to remember

Today we honour the birthday of Martin Luther King, American civil rights activist and champion of non-violent resistance. Here we remember some of his more powerful words. On justice 1. “The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges. ” 2. “We want all of our rights, we want them here, and we want them now. ” 3. “Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

Date:
15 January 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Tunisia
  • Women and Girls

Is Tunisia the beacon of women’s rights it claims to be?

We look at what progress Tunisia has made for women’s equality before and after the “Jasmine revolution”. 14 January marks five years since Tunisians successfully ousted President Ben Ali. Alongside calls for freedom, dignity and better living conditions, Tunisia’s uprising came with hopes for stronger rights for Tunisia’s 5. 5 million women. Tunisia has a reputation for being a leader on women’s rights in the Arab world.

Date:
15 January 2016