They have dedicated their lives to fighting for our rights. Now it's time we stand up for theirs.
Amnesty Turkey Director İdil Eser was among 10 human rights defenders detained while attending a human rights workshop on 5 July. For over 24 hours the authorities refused to reveal their whereabouts and they were denied the right to call their loved ones.
Drop all charges against Dr Stella Nyanzi
Dr Stella Nyanzi, a prominent academic, feminist and campaigner in Uganda, is at risk of imprisonment for insulting the President of Uganda on social media. Worse, the Prosecution is also trying to force her to undergo a mental health examination, suggesting that mental health issues are the cause of her views.
On the 25 May...Read more
The Kenyan authorities have announced that they will close Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp. Over 267,000 refugees risk being returned to war-torn Somalia.
With its announcement to close the camp, the Kenyan government has created a climate of fear and anxiety amongst Somali refugees. People feel left with no other option but to return to Somalia, a country still in...Read more
Since 2014, hundreds of civilians have been killed in Beni, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Add your voice to end these killings.
At least 682 civilians have lost their lives in the region of Beni despite the deployment of security forces by the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) forces (Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo, FARDC) and...Read more
Esdras Ndikumana, a Burundian journalist who works as a correspondent for Radio France Internationale and Agence France Presse was subjected to torture and other degrading treatment by Burundi’s security forces. He was arrested by the National Intelligence Service (SNR) on 2 August 2015 as he was taking photos at the scene of the armed attack where former Chief Intelligence and...Read more
12 January 2015 started like any other day for cameraman Andrew Lwanga. He did his usual 45 minute morning run and then went to Wavah Broadcasting Services (WBS)’ news room for the 7 am morning editorial meeting.
During the editorial meeting, he was assigned covering an unemployment protest by youth demanding jobs. While he was covering the protest on Namirembe Road...Read more
Ask the Minister of Justice to release the youth detained in Goma immediately and unconditionally.
The Ethiopian authorities must allow an opposition politician who is now unconscious due to injuries sustained in torture and other ill-treatment to obtain life-saving medical treatment abroad, said Amnesty International in a letter to Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
Habtamu Ayalew, the former spokesman for the opposition...Read more
Mr Minister of Public Security
I am writing to raise concerns over the deteriorating human rights situation in Burundi since April 2015. The situation is marked by increased extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests, torture and the harassment of and attacks on human rights defenders, journalists and independent media. Most recently, inflammatory speech by government authorities has further contributed to aggravating the...Read more
On the night of 17 May 2015 scores of families living in Jomvu, an informal settlement along the A 109 highway in Mombasa, Kenya, awoke to the sound of a bulldozer and the arrival of armed police. Even as they desperately tried to salvage their belongings, the bulldozer demolished their homes and businesses. The demolition stopped at around 4am, although...Read more
Kenya hosts hundreds of thousands of people who have fled neighbouring countries. The government has long seen refugees as a possible national security threat, feeding a long-standing history of prejudice and xenophobia against the Somali community. The targeting of the Somali community came to a peak during Operation Usalama watch in 2014. Amnesty International documented how thousands of people were...Read more