Our huge recent win of a new global Arms Trade Treaty shows that when people take injustice personally, it can grow into a powerful force for change.
In WIRE May/June, read interviews with people who have been arrested just for speaking their minds, including Katia Samutsevich from Russian band Pussy Riot (page 20). Also, find out why “there are no human rights in Sri Lanka” (page 4).
And see how Vlad Sokhin’s photographs from Papua New Guinea capture a toxic mix of sorcery accusations and casual brutality against women (page 12).
Amnesty’s mobile alert system for activists nominated for Google’s Global Impact Award.
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Nighat Dad of the Digital Rights Foundation on Amnesty’s Panic Button app, shortlisted for Google’s Global Impact Award
I first came into contact with the Amnesty Panic Button project in November last year. I’d joined a group of human rights activists from around the world at an Amnesty event in Nairobi, Kenya, focused on the impact of technology for human rights. I had never seen anything like it before in my work. I immediately saw what a powerful tool it could be. Continue reading →
Given North Korea’s catastrophic human rights record it is hardly surprising that the United Nations has established a Commission of Inquiry whilst a Special Rapporteur continues to analyse the country’s human rights situation.
The UN Human Rights Council has established the Commission to investigate “the systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” . Amnesty International, as a member of the International Coalition to Stop Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK) lobbied governments hard to achieve this Commission. Continue reading →
By Esther Major, Central America researcher at Amnesty International
Less than a month ago, few people knew who Beatriz was.
But over the last few days and weeks the horrific plight of this 22-year-old woman in El Salvador has inundated social media networks and travelled across the globe.
Mother-of-one Beatriz is pregnant and severely ill. She is currently in hospital with lupus and kidney problems. Her health situation is so severe that doctors say she could die if she continues with the pregnancy. The doctors have also diagnosed the foetus as anencephalic (lacking a large part of its brain and skull), which in almost all cases results in the baby’s death before or within a few hours or days of birth.
However, Beatriz’s doctors haven’t provided her with the life-saving abortion she needs and is asking for, because they fear they may be prosecuted under Salvadoran laws which impose prison sentences on anyone who performs or has an abortion.
By Audrey Gaughran, Amnesty International’s Director of Global Thematic Issues, Madhu Malhotra, Director of Amnesty International’s Gender, Sexuality and Identity Programme, and Oluwatosin Popoola, Amnesty International’s researcher on Nigeria.
We have just come back from the Niger Delta, where we talked to scores of women and men from communities impacted by oil spills.
In our conversations, the women in particular shared their anger, anxiety, fear, pain and hopes with us. For many of them, being excluded from the process in the aftermath of oil spills compounded the damage they suffered from the events themselves. Continue reading →