Category Archives: South Africa

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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20 years of democracy: South Africa’s activists demand action

By Clare Fermont, Amnesty’s Regional Content Manager in Johannesburg I’ve been asking grassroots activists what they think of South Africa’s first 20 years of democracy. These are the women and men at the sharp end of human rights. They understand … Continue reading

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“We’re sending a message of hope”

By Tracy Doig, Amnesty’s campaigner on Southern Africa, writing from Cape Town Junior Mayema was explaining to me why he’d taken the bold step of appearing in From the Same Soil, a new film that beautifully documents the experiences of … Continue reading

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Remembering Mandela: An activist’s story

On Human Rights Day, we bring you the story of Colin Haskin, an Amnesty activist in South Africa, who tells us how Nelson Mandela inspired his own activism. I was born in 1957 to a white Irish father and a … Continue reading

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Mandela – an inspiration to activists everywhere

By Amnesty’s Clare Fermont based in Johannesburg, South Africa   Even though I’d been expecting news of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s death, it still shocked me when the radio in my Johannesburg flat solemnly announced the news late last night. Mandela … Continue reading

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