Tag Archives: disappearances

Two years on, Laos activist still missing

By Rupert Abbott, Amnesty International’s research director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific In August 2005, in front of an audience in Manila, Lao development worker Sombath Somphone received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for community leadership. Known as Asia’s Nobel … Continue reading

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‘My hopes evaporate and the bitter reality remains’ – Abducted in Syria

Munira al-Hamwi writes about her daughter Razan Zaitouneh, an award-winning Syrian human rights defender and writer, who was abducted along with her husband and two friends in Duma, on 9 December 2013. Duma is one of several towns in the … Continue reading

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Kosovo: ‘The day I was left without my mother’

By Dragan Piljevic. Dragan’s mother was abducted and killed in the immediate aftermath of the armed conflict in Kosovo in 1999. Her killers have still not been brought to justice. My name is Dragan Piljević. I was born in Pristina, in … Continue reading

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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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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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