Category Archives: Americas

The struggle against torture: “Don’t let down your guard”

By Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada (English branch) It had been a two and a half hour drive from Guadalajara. As we approached, the ominously named prison, CEFERESO Number 4, the Federal Centre for Social Rehabilitation, loomed large … Continue reading

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Peña Nieto must commit to tackle torture

By Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General. Judging by some international headlines, you might think that things are looking up for Mexico. Its President, Enrique Peña Nieto, has said he is on the road to transforming and modernizing the country. … Continue reading

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Internet Governance Forum: A missed opportunity for human rights

By Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Deputy Director of Global Issues at Amnesty International. As you read this on your laptop, smart phone or tablet, 3,000 government leaders and representatives from companies and civil society are meeting in Istanbul to shape the future … Continue reading

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Read WIRE Sept/Oct: ‘What if it was me?’

“What if it was me in that photo?” asks one young Amnesty activist looking at Vesselina Nikolaeva’s images of Syrian refugees in Bulgaria (pages 4-7). Her photos might inspire you to ask more questions: If you had to leave your … Continue reading

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No justice for Afghan civilians killed by US or NATO forces

By Richard Bennett, Asia Pacific Director at Amnesty International In the early hours of 16 September, 2012, a group of women from different villages in Afghanistan’s eastern Laghman province set out to collect firewood. As they stopped to drink water … Continue reading

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