Category Archives: International Organizations

Four young daughters lost in a Mediterranean shipwreck

Syrian doctor Hasan Wahid lost his four young daughters in a shipwreck in the Mediterranean on 11 October 2013. His family’s story illustrates the impossible choices – and terrible dangers – refugees and migrants face trying to reach Europe. Hasan … 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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Seizing the momentum

  Hakamada Iwao spent 46 years on death row before his release in March. For Wakabayashi Hideki, Director of Amnesty International Japan, it was an incredible moment, but the fight isn’t over yet. Wakabayashi Hideki remembers the exact moment when … Continue reading

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Holding centres will not stop migrants risking their lives off Europe’s shores

By Sherif Elsayed-Ali, deputy director of global issues at Amnesty International As the summer “boat season” approaches, with a surge in migrants, asylum seekers and refugees making the perilous sea crossing from north Africa to the European Union, the authorities … Continue reading

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Standing up to the torturers, together

As Amnesty’s new Stop Torture campaign launches worldwide, our Secretary General, Salil Shetty, describes his inspirational meeting with torture survivor Claudia Medina. “I am here to ask for your help,” said Claudia Medina when I met her in Mexico earlier … Continue reading

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