Category Archives: Censorship and Free Speech

‘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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Tweet now for student facing jail after Twitter use in Turkey

By Milena Buyum, Amnesty’s Turkey Campaigner On 2 June last year, Özge Ünlütezcan, a 24-year-old drama student, grabbed her phone to send out a series of tweets. Shortly after, she was stunned to be called into a police station where … Continue reading

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Truth and debate fall victim to ‘national security’ rhetoric amid South Sudan’s crisis

By Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada, currently in Juba, South Sudan “Stop publishing articles on federalism” – that is the warning media outlets in South Sudan received in late June, through phone calls and visits from government security … 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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Pursuing the mirage of freedom

By Ensaf Haidar, wife of imprisoned Saudi Arabian activist Raif Badawi, who has been imprisoned for the past two years. Her husband is serving a 10-year sentence, and also faces 1,000 lashes and a hefty fine in connection with an … Continue reading

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