Real opportunities to change the world don’t come around very often. Then suddenly, two come along at once.
In April, government officials will meet to discuss our private lives. Their distant decisions could translate into harsh realities – see our WIRE features from Nepal and Argentina. By joining our My Body My Rights campaign, you can be one of millions pushing for positive changes worldwide.
Right now, we also have a unique chance to support migrants and refugees risking everything to reach Europe. People shouldn’t have to die at sea, be locked up for years or violently turned back. Our S.O.S. Europe campaign asks EU governments to treat people fairly and with dignity. Their voices aren’t always heard, but they still have human rights. We’ll stand with them to make sure that fact is never forgotten.
Read about this and much more in WIRE, our global campaigning magazine.
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Franklin Jaque José was born in the Dominican Republic of Haitian migrants in 1984. He is being denied access to his Dominican identity documents since 2012, leaving him effectively stateless. © Amnesty International
By Robin Guittard, Caribbean team Campaigner at Amnesty International
“I don’t feel free,” Franklin Jaque José told me. “You’re in a circle where they get you trapped.”
Franklin is just one of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent who face significant legal barriers that prevent them from going about their day-to-day lives. Over the last decade, Franklin says he has not been able to continue his education, has had to leave school, and is now being denied access to formal jobs. Continue reading
800,000 people perished during the Rwanda Genocide 20 years ago ©PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images
By Salil Shetty, Secretary General at Amnesty International.
It was a haunting discovery: A terrified 11-year-old girl cowering in the corner of a ransacked house three days after her village had been attacked in a horrific act of ethnic cleansing. Her parents had also been killed and in the streets outside dogs fed on the decomposing bodies of her neighbours.
This scene, witnessed by Amnesty International researchers, may be reminiscent of one that occurred during the Rwanda genocide. But this girl was a Muslim, not a Tutsi. The village was in the Central African Republic not in Rwanda. And this happened in February, not 20 years ago. Continue reading