Category Archives: Africa

‘It starts right here’ – the road ahead for South Sudan

By Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada So many moments stay with me. During the course of this recent mission in South Sudan people recounted unimaginable suffering and acute fear; they showed tremendous strength and unflagging resilience; and they … Continue reading

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Truth and debate fall victim to ‘national security’ rhetoric amid South Sudan’s crisis

By Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada, currently in Juba, South Sudan “Stop publishing articles on federalism” – that is the warning media outlets in South Sudan received in late June, through phone calls and visits from government security … 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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Families torn apart in the name of security

By Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa. Last month, 18-year-old Ayaan suddenly found herself at the head of her household. Her mother and father had been arrested in Nairobi as part of the counter-terrorism operation dubbed ‘Usalama … Continue reading

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Our voice, our rhythm, our rights

By Fubara Tokuibiye Samuel There are two days in my life that I will never forget. The first is the 12th October 2009. On that day I was with a group of peaceful protesters gunned down by security forces. The … Continue reading

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