Category Archives: Human Rights Defenders and Activists

A decade of injustice – time to find Munir’s real killers

By Papang Hidayat, Amnesty International’s Indonesia researcher Yesterday marked exactly 10 years since Indonesia lost one of its most courageous and compassionate voices — Munir Said Thalib. On 7 September 2004, Munir, as he was affectionately known, was slipped arsenic … Continue reading

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‘My life is in constant danger’ – campaigning on human rights in the Gambia

By Francois Patuel, Amnesty International’s campaigner for West Africa. I’ve just spoken to a human rights activist working in the Gambia. Just publishing his name would be enough to get him arrested. His powerful testimony shows just why we urgently … Continue reading

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Real vs. Fake: How to authenticate YouTube videos for human rights work

Christoph Koettl from Amnesty USA’s Crisis Prevention and Response Unit reports on a new tool he’s launching to help human rights workers sift video fact from fiction. During crises or disasters, YouTube is widely used to share footage—including a host … Continue reading

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Taking torture personally

How do you support someone who has been tortured? That’s what this issue of WIRE explores, to mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June. We speak to Farida Aarrass about why she will never give … Continue reading

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Bahrain: A message of thanks from newly released prisoner of conscience, Nabeel Rajab

Nabeel Rajab, a prominent Bahraini human rights activist jailed for calling for anti-government protests, was released on 24 May. He told us about being imprisoned – but not silenced – and what international support means to him. I am Nabeel … Continue reading

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