Category Archives: Detention

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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Secret detention in Syria: “We could hear the screams of torture victims”

By Shappal Ibrahim, a Syrian Kurdish rights activist. When Shappal Ibrahim, a peaceful activist with the Union of Young Kurds, was approached by a Syrian government official claiming to be a fellow supporter of the country’s “revolution”, he did not … Continue reading

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‘My life is in constant danger’ – campaigning on human rights in the Gambia

By Francois Patuel, Amnesty International’s campaigner for West Africa. I’ve just spoken to a human rights activist working in the Gambia. Just publishing his name would be enough to get him arrested. His powerful testimony shows just why we urgently … 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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Indonesia: No longer a haven of religious tolerance

Indonesia has long been seen as a “haven of tolerance” but today, religious freedom is slowly being eroded. Amnesty’s Papang Hidayat travelled to Indonesia to find out more. Whistling while praying, claiming to be a prophet or receiving a revelation … Continue reading

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