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The invisible walls of the Americas

“You leave your country to move forward. To stay is to lie down and die,”Khristopher told an Amnesty International delegation in Bogotá when we interviewed him to find out about his experience as a Venezuelan living in Colombia.  Khristopher is only one of the 4.8 million people that have been...

Human Rights in the Americas. Review of 2019

Inequality, corruption, violence, environmental degradation, impunity and the weakening of institutions continued to be a common reality across the Americas, resulting in daily human rights violations for millions of people. Several countries in the region were shaken by massive demonstrations...

Malaysia: Changes in government must not derail human rights reforms

Responding to news that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has resigned but will stay on for an interim period to oversee the formation of a new government at the request of the King, Amnesty International’s Regional Director Nicholas Bequelin said: “Changes in government in Malaysia must not...

Hosni Mubarak: A Living Legacy of Mass Torture and Arbitrary Detention

The death of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak robs Egyptians of a key chance to see justice done for the litany of abuses committed during his 30-year rule, including the deaths of hundreds of protesters in the 2011 unrest that ended his presidency. Hosni Mubarak, who died in Cairo today at...

China: Bookseller handed outrageous 10-year sentence must be released  

Responding to a court announcement that former Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai has been convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison in China for “illegally providing intelligence to foreign entities”, Amnesty International’s China Researcher Patrick Poon said: “The deplorable verdict and...