Monthly Archives: December 2013

Freezing conditions, forgotten camps – refugees from Syria in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley

By Khairunissa Dhala, Refugee and Migrants’ Rights researcher at Amnesty International “We chose this camp because we couldn’t find anywhere to rent. We cannot afford anything since we came from Syria…my legs are swollen from the cold weather. We are … Continue reading

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Russian prisoner of conscience freed as Write for Rights 2013 reaches 1.4 million actions!

By Louisa Anderson, Global Campaigner at Amnesty’s International Secretariat. Fantastic news came today as our global letter-writing campaign, Write for Rights, drew to a close: Vladimir Akimenkov, one of the Bolotnaya 3 prisoners of conscience, has been freed! This fantastic … Continue reading

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‘If an African dies here, no one cares’ – abuses of migrants and refugees in detention in Libya

By Amnesty International researchers Winter had arrived in Libya and at one of the country’s largest immigration detention centres, its crippling effects were clear. Migrants and refugees held at the centre near Gharyan, some 80km south of Tripoli were in … Continue reading

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Europe’s race to the bottom on protecting refugees from Syria

By Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Amnesty International’s Head of Refugee and Migrants’ Rights In much of Europe, ‘asylum-seeker’ and ‘refugee’ have become dirty words. It is rare to find a politician who will express genuine concern for refugees in public; when it … Continue reading

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Caravan of hope challenges the Mexican authorities’ neglect

“I want to believe that Álvaro is still alive. His dad often dreams about him and sees him working on a farm.” By Mariano Machain from Amnesty’s Mexico team. This month, a caravan of 44 Central American mothers has toured … Continue reading

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