Category Archives: Unlawful Detention

Released schoolboys reveal torture, fear and anxiety in IS captivity in Syria

By Noor Al-Bazzaz of Amnesty International’s Syria team Five months to the day after being abducted and held hostage by the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS), a group of 25 students from Kobani were unexpectedly set free on … 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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China’s Tiananmen anniversary blackout

By Amnesty International’s China team Updated on: 10 June 2014 Twenty-five years on, Chinese citizens continue to be persecuted for trying to remember the events of 1989 when hundreds, if not thousands, of protesters were killed or injured on the … Continue reading

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Amnesty International stands by claims about Chibok raid

By Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General On Friday night, Nigerian information minister Labaran Maku went on the radio to denounce evidence obtained by Amnesty International which, we had said, showed the Nigerian security forces received advance warning of the … Continue reading

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