Tag Archives: prisoners of conscience

An inspiring activist – remembering China’s Cao Shunli

By Amnesty International’s China Country Campaigner* In late August 2013, I spoke to Cao Shunli on the phone. I never imagined it would be the last time we’d talk. We had made plans to meet a few weeks later in … Continue reading

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The first prisoner of conscience of Sochi2014

By Emile Affolter, Press Officer at Amnesty International Netherlands, currently in Sochi Just a couple of days before the Winter Olympic Games start in Sochi, an activist was arrested. Sadly, such arrests are not unusual in Russia, but the timing … Continue reading

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Mandela – an inspiration to activists everywhere

By Amnesty’s Clare Fermont based in Johannesburg, South Africa   Even though I’d been expecting news of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s death, it still shocked me when the radio in my Johannesburg flat solemnly announced the news late last night. Mandela … 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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Remembering Seamus Heaney

By Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director, Amnesty International Ireland When I first walked into the offices of Amnesty International’s global headquarters in London, the words of the son of a farmer from Derry were written on the wall. Seamus Heaney, the … Continue reading

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