Category Archives: Americas

Solitary confinement is cruel and all too usual. Why is it only getting worse?

By Tessa Murphy, Campaigner on the USA at Amnesty International. The breathlessness was overwhelming. Standing in that small, dark cell, surrounded by nothing but three concrete walls, a dank toilet, a small sink, a thin mattress, a concrete slab and … Continue reading

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‘I am the present, trying to make a change for the future’

Yoshi Garcia is a Salvadoran activist and self-styled “DJ with a conscience”. Aged 24, her interest in gender equality issues started when she was around 14. Since then, she has joined numerous campaigning organizations, including Agrupaçion (the Citizen’s Group for … Continue reading

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What does it mean to be unequal?

As part of this year’s Blog Action Day, we take a look at how inequality drives the abuses that Amnesty works against every day.  Inequality. It’s a reality we all come to know and understand at some point in our lives. … Continue reading

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The hidden war in El Salvador

By Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International There is no doubt El Salvador has had a troubled past. The country suffered 12 years of internal armed conflict from 1980 to 1992, during which many horrific human rights abuses were … Continue reading

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United together with women and girls in El Salvador

  International activists gathered on 25 September in a show of solidarity as Amnesty launched its new report on the terrifying impact of El Salvador’s total abortion ban. “There’s a saying in El Salvador,” said Vicky Knox, Co-Director of the … Continue reading

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