Category Archives: Torture and Ill-treatment

Egypt’s dirty secret – searching for the prison that no one dares name

By Haitham Ghoniem, Egyptian human rights activist and researcher at the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms It was in the first week of this April, before noon prayers, when the doorbell rang. My mother saw a muscular man dressed … Continue reading

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Thirty Years of Broken Promises

By Salil Shetty, Secretary General at Amnesty International. I was 23 when the United Nations adopted the Convention Against Torture in December 1984, and the event seemed a world away from my home in Bangalore. India was in deep turmoil. … Continue reading

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A world free from torture: Imagine that.

We have that world clearly in our sights. Amnesty has campaigned to stop torture for over 50 years, and we are not giving up. Because torture is never, ever justified. It is barbaric and inhumane. As our timeline on pages … 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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What is #MyBodyMyRights all about?

You have the right to live free from rape and sexual violence. #MyBodyMyRights pic.twitter.com/Q2NsHJaItr — AmnestyInternational (@AmnestyOnline) March 6, 2014 By Edward Herbert, Amnesty International’s Social Media Co-ordinator In a perfect world we would all make our own decisions about … Continue reading

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