Monthly Archives: November 2012

To all the women around the world, be strong!

A rare interview with Kim Bok-dong, a 90-year-old South Korean woman who was taken from her home village and abused as a ‘comfort woman’ by the Japanese Army during World War II.  I was 14 years old when I was … Continue reading

Posted in Asia And The Pacific, Human Rights Defenders and Activists, Japan, Sexual Violence, Sexual Violence, South Korea, Torture and Ill-treatment, Trafficking of Women and Girls, UN, Uncategorized, Women, Women's Rights | Tagged , | 15 Comments

Investigating rocket attacks in Israel

By Ann Harrison, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme It was dawn when we arrived in Israel to begin our investigation into rocket attacks from Gaza which by the end of the latest flare in … Continue reading

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Civilians caught in the crosshairs in Gaza

By Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Researcher The children are playing outside again, despite the torrential rain. They were stuck indoors during eight days of relentless Israeli bombardments. By the time that ended in excess of 160 people were … Continue reading

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We won’t be silent

Members of Grupo de Autoayuda de Mujeres Víctimas de Violencias, Colombia (Self-help group for women victims of violence, Colombia) describe how their courage in speaking about sexual violence has made them stronger. Our self-help group began with listening to women … Continue reading

Posted in Armed Conflict, Colombia, Sexual Violence, Women | 3 Comments

Remembering the Santa Cruz massacre in Timor-Leste

By Amnesty International’s Marek Marczyński It is a hot Monday morning and I am in Dili, Timor-Leste. It is 12 November and I am marching with thousands of Timorese through the town to the Santa Cruz cemetery where 21 years … Continue reading

Posted in Impunity, Justice Systems, Killings and Disappearances, Timor Leste, Unlawful Killings and Extrajudicial Execution | 2 Comments