Category Archives: Asia And The Pacific

Write a letter, change a life

In this issue of WIRE you’ll meet 12 very different people and communities. What they all have in common is that there is a real opportunity, right now, to make a positive difference in their lives. This December, for the … Continue reading

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Myanmar: the human rights story behind the spin

By Laura Haigh, Amnesty International’s Myanmar researcher/campaigner and Olof Blomqvist, Amnesty International’s Asia Pacific press officer The authorities in Nay Pyi Taw are steering the former authoritarian pariah state to open engagement with the world. Well, that’s what they say. … Continue reading

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Where free speech is threatened

By Rupert Abbott, Research Director for South East Asia at Amnesty International. @RupertBAbbott In April this year, people in Myanmar picked up their newspapers and saw … nothing. Front pages across the Southeast Asian nation were completely black, in a … Continue reading

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Hong Kong protests: How young activists led the way

Last month Yvonne Leung Lai Kwong, a 21-year-old undergraduate and student union president, found herself at the forefront of the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. She gives her insight into the largely youthful protests, which at their peak saw up … Continue reading

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“I have not seen anything like this in decades”

By Mabel Au, Director of Amnesty International in Hong Kong. The streets of Hong Kong are hard to recognize these days. The exhilarating energy filling the city’s main roads, crowded with hopeful protesters, is something I have not seen since … Continue reading

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