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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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CAR conflict: Tiny glimmer of hope as 44 children freed

By Christian Mukosa, Central Africa Researcher at Amnesty International The bleak reality on the ground in the ever-worsening internal armed conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) has often crowded out hope. But this week I had one of those … Continue reading

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‘If an African dies here, no one cares’ – abuses of migrants and refugees in detention in Libya

By Amnesty International researchers Winter had arrived in Libya and at one of the country’s largest immigration detention centres, its crippling effects were clear. Migrants and refugees held at the centre near Gharyan, some 80km south of Tripoli were in … Continue reading

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Remembering Mandela: An activist’s story

On Human Rights Day, we bring you the story of Colin Haskin, an Amnesty activist in South Africa, who tells us how Nelson Mandela inspired his own activism. I was born in 1957 to a white Irish father and a … Continue reading

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Bangladesh’s landmark law banning torture

On 24 October, Bangladesh’s Parliament passed a law that criminalizes custodial torture and death. While there is scope for the law to be more closely aligned with the Torture Convention, it is a step forward in the fight against torture … Continue reading

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