Category Archives: Disappearances

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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Mexico: First they came for the human rights defenders and journalists. Who will speak out?

Death is an occupational hazard for human rights defenders and journalists in Mexico, where more than 100 have been killed or disappeared in recent years. Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, met some of their brave colleagues on his recent … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka’s misguided attempt to ‘win the world’

By Steve Crawshaw, Director of Amnesty International’s Office of the Secretary General, who is currently in Colombo Everybody in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, knows all about “CHOGM” – pronounced “choggum”. They speak with enthusiasm, resignation or indignation about the … Continue reading

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Read WIRE November/December and join the world’s biggest human rights event!

Every year, around Human Rights Day in December, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide send a message to someone they’ve never met. It’s a classic Amnesty technique: 52 years of human rights work show that words really do have the … Continue reading

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Welcome to WIRE September/October

Activism is infectious. When one person picks up the courage to take a stand, it inspires others to follow. The coup in Chile on 11 September 1973, and the human rights abuses that followed, shocked people worldwide into standing up … Continue reading

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