Category Archives: Censorship and Free Speech

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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Montenegro: Just the beginning for LGBTI rights

Emile Affolter, Amnesty Netherlands press officer, celebrates the courage of those taking part in Montenegro’s 2014 LGBTI Pride, after last year’s event was marred by shocking violence.  About 160 people walking the streets of the capital of Montenegro on a sunny … 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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‘The voices of free Russia will be heard’

By Yulia Berezovskaja, Director General of Grani.ru, a banned independent online media outlet in Russia In Russia we have paid dearly, very dearly, for words: penal servitude under the tsars for the distribution of subversive tracts, and years of Soviet … Continue reading

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Lives on hold

Natalia Prilutskaya, Amnesty’s Campaigner on Russia, meets Sasha Kunko whose boyfriend has been imprisoned in Russia for the last two years. He was arrested following the May 2012 Bolotnaya protest in Moscow, when tens of thousands of people demonstrated against … Continue reading

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