Refugees Need Protection, Not Imprisonment
Stop imprisoning people fleeing war, disaster, torture and death! Sign the petition at zakrila.bghelsinki.org (production - BHC; music - Maya Popova)
Stop imprisoning people fleeing war, disaster, torture and death! Sign the petition at zakrila.bghelsinki.org (production - BHC; music - Maya Popova)
Every day without justice juvenile reform deprives children of their childhood. Support the reform now!
Sign the petition at https://www.change.org/detstvo-bez-reshetki
Produced by the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee
The film shows the best sheltered housing can achieve. It's just a step on the path to inedependent life.
It's time for real social inclusion.
Produced by the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee
This film is a coproduction between Bulgarian Helsinki Committee and the VOX POPULI studio for documentary theatre. Supported by Mono Collective, The Red House Center for Culture and Debate, Dream Team Productions, Concept Studio. The film is based on an interview with a woman who served her sentence at the Sliven prison.
Learn more about the conditions at the only women’s prison in Bulgaria at http://womenprisoners.bghelsinki.org.
Bulgarian Helsinki Committee a nongovernmental organization for the protection of human rights, founded in 1992 in Sofia, Bulgaria. For more than 20 years BHC has been carrying out independent and regular monitoring of prisons, juvenile homes, homes for children deprived of parental care and other closed institutions. Support our work by making a donation at http://www.bghelsinki.org/donate.
Zhivka Alexandrova, who is represented by Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, lodged a case for the violation of her right to informed consent and the separation from her newborn daughter.
Hungary's Parliament passed a series of laws on September 7 to control the flow of refugees into Hungary, giving police more authority and setting out strict punishments, including prison terms for illegal border crossing. The law also declares Serbia a “safe country,” in theory making it impossible for refugees who arrive from Serbia to get asylum in Hungary.
Committing a criminal offense (for example, crossing the border illegally) also will be a reason to refuse any asylum claims. Potential effects of these changes are currently unclear.
According to the new laws, those who enter the country illegally from September 15 will be held in pretrial detention and quickly expelled. Government representatives stated recently that they are preparing for mass riot scenes in the coming weeks, hoping for "relative tranquility by Christmas."
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán repeatedly said that a "new time" will come in the handling of the migrant crisis , though potential effects of the changes are currently unclear.
Watch our video from the southern border of Hungary to find out what happens on the ground for the tens of thousands fleeing their homeland for a better life.
Video by Noemi Hatala
A Sudanese government special force has gone on two sprees of killings and mass rape of civilians in dozens of Darfur villages and towns since October 2014, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government should end these Rapid Support Forces (RSF) attacks and prosecute those responsible. The African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) should urgently improve its protection of civilians.
The report, “‘Men With No Mercy’: Rapid Support Forces Attacks against Civilians in Darfur, Sudan,” documents Rapid Support Forces atrocities against civilians during two counterinsurgency campaigns in Darfur. The abuses appear to be widespread and systematic attacks on civilian populations that may constitute crimes against humanity.
Nairobi, September 2, 2015
Human Rights Watch
UNHCR warns of dangerous new era in worldwide displacement as report shows almost 60 million people forced to flee their homes
A UNHCR report, released today, shows that worldwide displacement from wars, conflict, and persecution is at the highest levels we have recorded, and accelerating fast.
Read more: http://www.unhcr.org/558193896.html
This is a video experiment dedicated to promote the newly launched website www.svetimageda.lt (in Lithuanian only). The website is a digital “handbook”, full of advices on how all of us can react to racial, homophobic, other kind of bullying and hate speech not only online, but also in mass media, on the streets, at schools, work, etc.
This short film that details the plight of migrants making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea from the Middle East and North Africa. Amnesty gained access to Italian Navy frigate, Virginio Fasan as its crew rescued people from the dangerous boats used by unscrupulous human smugglers.
S.O.S. Europe is Amnesty International’s campaign for the human rights of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe and at its borders. People move to Europe for different reasons. Some flee persecution or war. Others leave because of chronic poverty. They hope to find a safer, better future in Europe. But too often they find a different reality.
The Italian Search and Rescue operation - Mare Nostrum - which has been in existence since October 2013 - is likely to cease at the end of 2014, mainly due to costs. It has saved over 130,000 people. In the first nine months of 2014 more than 2500 people have drowned trying to reach Europe.
Amnesty International is calling for a properly resourced and mandated search and rescue operation to be mounted by all the EU countries and not Italy alone. It is also is demanding that safe and legal routes to Europe are opened for refugees and asuylum-seekers and that EU leaders honour their shared responsibility to protect life and stop people drowning at sea.
Syria’s intensifying refugee crisis will today surpass a record three million people, amid reports of increasingly horrifying conditions inside the country. Iman and her family were displaced four times inside Syria, fleeing from village to village to escape deadly attacks, before finally seeking refuge in Lebanon.
"No-one can forget their country. We were raised in Syria, lived there. How can we not love it? It's our country no matter what. Who wouldn't miss their country, their home, the ground they walked on?"
A UNHCR video
Angela Zhekova, 88, and her husband Vangel, 98, live in the small village of Golyam Dervent, Bulgaria. The village of 50 inhabitants is at Bulgaria's border with Turkey. Thousands of refugees, mainly from war-torn Syria, have tried to cross this border, seeking safety and sanctuary. Bulgaria's response however has been to build a 30 kilometre wide and 3 metre high fence, to the sum of an estimated 4 million Euro, to try to keep them out of Fortress Europe. Angela on the other hand is doing what she can to help. Here she describes why and how she and Vangel try to care for the refugees who pass their house.
This film was produced for Amnesty International by Giorgos Moutafis, Giuseppe Chiantera and Andrey Getov.
"Our neighbourhood is absolutely identical to all other Roma neighbourhoods in Bulgaria. It's got nice houses, families that live on a higher standard, and there's what we call "the ghetto" where the living conditions are at rock bottom.", says Kosyo Kosev, mayor of Nikolaevo municipality. "If we build a shell around ourselves and say "These are Roma, or Gypsies, or whatever", they will become capsulated as an ethnos and that won't lead to anything good for this country."
A Bulgarian Helsinki Committee production
Music - Vlasko (Rosza) - CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
The lead up to the World Cup has prompted large scale demonstrations and public protests to which the police have responded with use of force, and in some cases "less lethal" weapons such as tear gas and rubber bullets.
Protests are likely to continue in coming weeks and the Brazilian Congress is considering new laws that could be used to crack down on protesters. Additionally, inadequate regulations and training for policing demonstrations pose a risk of more injuries to protesters due to excessive use of force by police.
Everyone has the right to peaceful protest -- to exercise their human rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly - and the Brazilian Government has a duty to ensure that they can. That's why we are giving the Brazilian Government a yellow card!
Together we can use our freedom of expression to send them a warning.
Join us and take action here: https://www.aiyellowcard.org/
Being a person with mental health disabilities is hard, especially so in Bulgaria. In Bulgaria people with mental health problems have no other choice but to be treated in miserable clinics.
The hospital in Kourilo takes in 1300 patients per year. Every fifth patient fits the category of the “socially indigent loners”.
Emil Traev is one of them. During the past 17 years, he has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals 60 times. Emil receives a pension of 110 leva (55 Euro). Because of the destitution he has lost all of his friends. He has lost both his parents. He has no one left. Only poetry soothes his “afflicted soul”. The needs of Emil, in his own words, amount to a few cups of coffee, a couple of cigarettes packs, one or two beers. He likes being in the outdoors, among “the normal people”, when his illness is not in an acute phase. However, for Emil life beyond the fence is harder. For him the isolation in the psychiatric clinic has lasted too long. This is why life behind the fence is easier, never mind the feeling of having hit the bottom.
A Bulgarian Helsinki Committee production
A Human Rights Watch video
The death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights. It is the premeditated and cold-blooded killing of a human being by the state. This cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment is done in the name of justice.
It violates the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception regardless of the nature of the crime, the characteristics of the offender, or the method used by the state to kill the prisoner.
More info at: http://www.amnesty.org/death-penalty
"Walk mile in her shoes": Men demonstrate against violence against women, rape and sexual harassment
There's an old saying: "You can't really understand a person unless you walked a mile in his shoes."
"Walk a mile in her shoes" (http://www.walkamileinhershoes.org/) is an international initiative that began in 2001 as a demonstrations of men wearing female shoes in order to attract media and public attention to the issue of violence against women, rape and sexual harassment.
On 8 March 2014, the International Women's Day, "Walk a mile in her shoes" took place in Bulgaria for the second time.
• Bulgarian Fund for Women
• The Bulgarian Red Cross
• Bilitis Resource Foundation
• The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee
• European Parliament Information Office
• One Billion Rising Bulgaria
Recalling that every fourth women in this country is a victim of domestic violence and a quarter of a million Bulgarians have become subject of sexual harassment - together, we want to inform as to the real situation in Bulgaria and about support for victims.
On the third anniversary of conflict, let us stand #WithSyria
Film narrated by Idris Elba with exclusive music from Elbow
#WithSyria is a coalition of over 130 humanitarian and human rights groups calling for this to be the last anniversary of conflict in Syria
The refugees and "Friends of the Refugees" were awarded with the distinction “Human of the year” 2013 in the annual Bulgarian Helsinki Committee awards for the contribution to and protection of human rights. “Give” them their award by signing the petition here: http://www.bghelsinki.org/en/dejstvaj/ne-narushavaite-pravata-na-bezhancite/
On November 14, 2013 the Bulgarian Council of Ministers adopted the draft amendments to the Law on Asylum and Refugees (LAR). The amendments introduce the detention of asylum seekers in closed-type facilities, bail measures and denial of prompt access to their registration card.
The proposed amendments violate the rights of the most vulnerable group – children seeking asylum. Between January and December 2013 the children seeking asylum in Bulgaria are 2135. Some are unaccompanied by relatives or family.
Why is the detention of children in closed-type centers dangerous?
The deprivation of liberty damages a child’s normal development. It is unconditionally prohibited by the Bulgarian Child Protection Act.
Bail is a measure of deterrence and is only applied against persons accused of having committed a crime. Detention in closed-type centers is a compulsory administrative measure for irregular migrants, who are to be deported from the country. Thus, under the proposed LAR amendments, children seeking asylum will be treated as criminals and irregular migrants to be deported. A child seeking asylum cannot be deemed irregular migrant before a procedure of granting or refusing of international asylum has taken place.
The children seeking asylum in Bulgaria are not criminals. They are not irregular migrants either. The children seeking asylum are vulnerable. Let us protect them, not prosecute them.
Watch the video to learn how you can help the children seeking asylum.
A Bulgarian Helsinki Committee production.
A young girl's life gets turned upside-down in this video. Could this ever happen in the UK?
This is what war does to children. Find out more at http://bit.ly/3yearson
The government of Malawi should increase efforts to end widespread child and forced marriage, or risk worsening poverty, illiteracy, and preventable maternal deaths in the country.
According to government statistics, half of the girls in Malawi will be married by their 18th birthday, with some as young as age 9 or 10 being forced to marry.
Malawi faces many economic challenges, but the rights of the country's girls and women should not be sacrificed as a result.
Human Rights Watch
In this video former prisoners and their captors expose the horror of life inside North Korea's prison camps.
They describe forced abortions, impossibly hard labour, starvation and prisoners forced to dig their own graves.
Find out more at http://www.amnesty.org.uk/northkorea
Hundreds of thousands of people around the world came together to call for justice in Amnesty International’s most successful ever letter-writing campaign.
In December 2013, more than 2.3 million letters, emails, SMS messages, faxes and tweets were sent in the “Write for Rights” campaign, beating last year’s record of 1.9 million actions.
Messages pressuring authorities led to the release of two prisoners of conscience: the Cambodian housing rights activist Yorm Bopha and the Russian peaceful protester Vladimir Akimenkov.
“It shows that when ordinary people stand together and send a clear message demanding governments fulfill their duty to protect and uphold people’s human rights we can achieve fantastic results,” said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.
“It was a truly global moment as hundreds of thousands of our members and supporters came together with one voice to take action against oppression and injustice.”
The Write for Rights campaign focused on the cases of prisoners of conscience in Ethiopia, Myanmar, Russia, Bahrain and Tunisia; individuals victimised by the state in Cambodia, Mexico, Turkey and Belarus; and harassed communities in Nigeria, Palestine and Honduras.
More info at http://www.amnesty.org/en/
Human Rights Watch has been working on Syria for years. This video features two of Human Rights Watch's investigations in 2013, including the al-Bayda massacre and the Ghouta attacks.
The Simelka-Peshkhabour border crossing between Syria and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq reopened earlier this week, allowing 4,000 Syrian refugees to cross by barge to northern Iraq. The crossing had been closed since mid-September in the wake of an exodus of some 60,000 Syrians beginning in mid-August 2013.
At present there are 13 refugee Syrian camps or transit sites located in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Al Obeidy camp in western Anbar Province. Iraq hosts 210,000 registered Syrian refugees.
Read about the crossings: http://rfg.ee/swPNX
More than forty thousand displaced people have taken refuge at the Mpoko International Airport after armed groups clashed at Bangui, the capital of the Central Africa Republic.
Feitouana Ornella, fled her home and walked over 5 kilometers to save herself and her unborn child. This is her story and those suffering around her.
Read more at http://UNHCR.org
Syrian refugee Halloum will mark her 100th birthday this year. There's not much to celebrate in exile, as war continues to tear apart her homeland. She looks back on her life in happier times and as a refugee in Lebanon and tells of the challenges facing older people in exile.
Read more at http://UNHCR.org
North Korea is in a category of its own when it comes to human rights violations. In this video we hear from a former prison camp official as well as Kim Young-soon a former prisoner about the shocking reality of life inside North Korea's prison camps.
Find out more at http://www.amensty.org.uk/northkorea
It's impossible to imagine a world without Mandela. His death will leave a massive hole, not just in South Africa but around the world.
He was a truly global leader who repeatedly rejected every injustice in the cause of human rights. He simply refused to accept injustice -- and his courage helped change our entire world.
Mandela's life of political struggle and self-sacrifice became and remains an example to millions around the globe.
In November 2006, Amnesty International declared Nelson Mandela an 'Ambassador of Conscience' in recognition of his work over many years of speaking out against human rights abuses not just in South Africa but around the world.
Accepting the award Mandela said: "Like Amnesty International, I have been struggling for justice and human rights, for long years. I have retired from public life now. But as long as injustice and inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest. We must become stronger still.
What does Nelson Mandela mean to you? Post your thoughts and read other people's here: http://www.mandelamemorial.com/
Across Europe, thousands of people with intellectual disabilities are placed in institutions, where they are mistreated without repercussions. N-Map produced this video to support the case of Valentin Cåmpeanu, a young man who died in such a facility in Romania. Mr. Cåmpeanu was a Roma man with HIV and a severe intellectual disability. He was also an orphan. When he turned 18 he was transferred from a youth facility to an adult facility. The new facility was not informed of his HIV, so he never received his medication. He died alone in a cold room. Because Cåmpeanu has no next of kin, there is no one to sue on is behalf.
Several European human rights NGOs, including INTERIGHTS, Center for Legal Resources and Bulgarian Helsinki Committee are arguing before the European Court of Human Rights that they should have the right to sue on Mr. Cåmpeanu – or there will be no one to hold the Romanian government accountable for his death. N-Map produced this video to support the case, and to humanize what is essentially a technical procedural issue.
The ruling of the Grand Chamber on Campeanu vs. Romania, especially on the issue of admissibility, ie the right of human rights NGOs such as the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee to file applications with the ECHR in similar cases will set an extremely important precedent for European law. If Campeanu were to succeed, so would three Bulgarian cases of inhuman treatment and deprivation of life of defenseless institutionalised children – cases to which society turns a blind eye. The court will open the doors of the Convention rights for those crushed by society – for those insulated from everyone and everything , so that no one can protect them. The dead Kampeanu can change that.
See more here: http://www.interights.org/campeanu/index.html
Around 60,000 people live at Domiz refugee camp. Around half are children. Omar and Rojda, like all the other kids, bear the scars of war and they are looking for some semblance of a normal life.
Al Jazeera has uncovered evidence that armed forces in the Central African Republic were responsible for a massacre that took place on October 26, a few kilometres from the centre of the town of Bouar.Eighteen people were killed in the incident, the youngest victim just two weeks old.
Earlier this year a Buddhist woman was raped and murdered in western Myanmar. The authorities charged three Muslim men.
A week later, 10 Muslims were murdered in a revenge attack. What happened next was hidden from the outside world.
Bloodshed pitted Buddhists against minority Rohingya Muslims. Many Rohingya fled their homes, which were burned down in what they said was a deliberate attempt by the predominantly Buddhist government to drive them out of the country.
Deaf children have a right to a quality education, like all other children, in a language and environment that maximizes their potential. In this video, in conjunction with a global conference in Sydney on equality for deaf people, Human Rights Watch shows some of the challenges faced by deaf children and young people, and the opportunities sign language education offers them.
Around the world, armies and rebel groups are taking over schools and universities, turning safe places of learning into places of war. In classrooms, soldiers sleep and store weapons. In school offices, they detain and torture suspects. Playgrounds become training grounds. School grounds become battlegrounds.
Human Rights Watch
In every part of the world people are forced out of their homes without warning or consultation, without access to justice and without compensation. These forced evictions often involve violence. They destroy livelihoods and social networks, and drive people deeper into poverty often resulting in many becoming homeless and destitute. This is why Amnesty International and WITNESS, along with the design firm Pentagram, got together to produce this short animation showing how governments and corporations forcibly evict people.
Turkish authorities committed human rights violations on a massive scale in the government's attempts to crush the Gezi Park protests this summer. The use of live ammunition, tear gas, water cannon, plastic bullets and beatings of protestors left more than 8,000 people injured at the scene of demonstrations, and the deaths of at least three protestors have been linked to the abusive use of force by police.
The 64th annual meeting of UNHCR's Executive Committee will be held between 30 September and 4 October, 2013 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The meeting is expected to focus on expanding international support for countries hosting large Syrian refugee populations.
Police and plain-clothes security officers arrested several gay activists who were protesting outside the 2014 Sochi Olympics organising committee headquarters in Moscow.
No Comment TV
Conditions in North Korea's prison camps have been compared to those discovered in Nazi jails after the Second World War in a new UN report.
Yemen should protect its girls from the devastating effects of early marriage by setting 18 as the minimum age for marriage by law. The current political transition and drafting process for a new constitution offers a unique opportunity for the Yemeni government to enact laws protecting the rights of girls.
Human Rights Watch
The number of children who have fled the conflict in Syria has now topped the one million mark.
That according to the United Nations is half the total of those fleeing Syria while about three-quarters of those children are under the age of 11. The country is in danger of losing a generation believes Antonio Guterres the UN HIgh Commissioner for Refugees.
One nine-year-old refugee voiced the desperate hopes of many when he said: "I want to return to Syria to live in peace and to go back to school. I want to be able to play with my old friends again, just like before. I want our country to be safe, safe enough to live in and for it to be prosperous again."
Homes and businesses owned by Muslims have been burnt to the ground by a mob of Buddhists in the the latest incident of sectarian violence in Myanmar.
The United Nations says thousands of Syrian refugees are flooding into the Kurdish autonomous region of Iraq. Fighting in Northern Syria has increased in recent months between Al Qaeda linked rebels and armed Kurdish groups. Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford reports.
Tens of thousands of people have been threatened with being made homeless in Nigeria, as the government plans to replace shanty homes in the capital Lagos with new and improved houses.They fear they will be evicted and cannot afford to live in the new buildings.Human rights group have criticised the government's plans, saying authorities have the obligation to prevent forced evictions.Al Jazeera's Yvonne Ndege reports from Lagos.
"Even though you were violent towards me, my message to you is a non-violent message..."
A Bulgarian Helsinki Committee production
"Where there is asphalt, that’s where ethnic Bulgarians live. Where the black road starts, that’s where Roma people live..."
A Bulgarian Helsinki Committee production
Four-year-old Shahad was forced to flee her home to escape a conflict that killed two of her siblings. She and her parents are among the 1.1 million people who fled across international borders and became refugees in 2012 -- the most in 13 years. A further 6.5 million were displaced within their own country.
Follow Shahad's story, and discover some startling refugee trends and statistics. Please watch and share to spread the word.
Take 1 minute to support a family forced to flee at http://unhcr.org/1family
Since August-September 2012, when the Turkish government closed its borders to Syrian refugees, tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing the war are stuck in sprawling makeshift camps along the border.
Close to six million Syrians have been displaced by the conflict in their country, which continues to cause more death and destruction every day. The vast majority -- 4.25 million -- of those forced from their homes are stuck in Syria. These internally displaced people (IDPs) are extremely vulnerable. Many IDPs are trapped in areas under the control of opposition forces, which are being relentlessly bombarded by government forces, and receive little or no international aid.
Athens police are conducting abusive stops and searches and have detained tens of thousands of people in a crackdown on irregular migration, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
The 51-page report, "Unwelcome Guests: Greek Police Abuses of Migrants in Athens," documents frequent stops of people who appear to be foreigners, unjustified searches of their belongings, insults, and, in some cases, physical abuse. Many are detained for hours in police stations pending verification of their legal status.
For more information: http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/06/12/gr...
Turkish Police used tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets to remove demonstrators from a city square in Istanbul, and attempted to dismantle the protesters' makeshift camp (Associated Press).
76 countries still criminalize consensual same-sex relationships and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people everywhere continue to suffer violent attacks and discriminatory treatment. In this simple, high-impact video from the UN human rights office, individuals from diverse backgrounds pose questions directly to the viewer designed to expose the nature of human rights violations suffered by LGBT people around the world. The video includes cameo appearances by UN Secretary-General and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. The UN's message: LGBT rights are human rights. Together we will build a world that is free and equal.
On 24 May 1993, Eritrea was formally recognised as an independent nation after a UN-supervised referendum that confirmed the country's separation from Ethiopia, against whom it had fought a 30-year war. Twenty years on from the euphoric celebrations and promise of independence, thousands of prisoners of conscience and political prisoners languish in Eritrea's prisons without charge or trial, for expressing their opinion, practising their religion or attempting to flee the repression in their country.
Throughout the 20 years of Eritrea's independence, the government of President Isaias Afewerki has systematically used arbitrary arrest and detention to crush all opposition, to silence all dissent, and to punish anyone who refuses to comply with the repressive system. Thousands of prisoners of conscience and political prisoners have disappeared into secret and incommunicado arbitrary detention -- without charge or trial, and with no contact with the outside world.
Amnesty International video
Around one hundred anti-racism demonstrators gathered outside a court in Munich on Monday, as a major neo-Nazi murder trial opened.
Thousands of Russians have taken to the streets of Moscow to mark one year since a major opposition protest ended in mass arrests.
Al Jazeera's David Chater, reporting from Moscow, estimated the crowd at 20,000.
The Russian government has unleashed a crackdown on civil society in the year since Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency that is unprecedented in the country's post-Soviet history.
Human Rights Watch
Fighting between rival tribes in Sudan's Darfur region has forced thousands of people to flee their homes. The refugees, who are mostly women and children, are now seeking safety in the neighbouring region of Kasla in eastern Chad There has been fighting in Darfur between rebels and government forces for more than 10 years, killing tens of thousands and displacing millions.
Al Jazeera's Omar Al-Saleh reports.
An animation created for the Amnesty International Death Penalty Statistics 2013 report. 'Death Sentences and executions in 2012'.
The Syrian Air Force has repeatedly carried out indiscriminate, and in some cases deliberate, air strikes against civilians, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. These attacks are serious violations of international humanitarian law (the laws of war), and people who commit such violations with criminal intent are responsible for war crimes.
The 75-page report, "Death from the Skies: Deliberate and Indiscriminate Air Strikes on Civilians," is based on visits to 50 sites of government air strikes in opposition-controlled areas in Aleppo, Idlib, and Latakia governorates, and more than 140 interviews with witnesses and victims. The air strikes Human Rights Watch documented killed at least 152 civilians. According to a network of local Syrian activists, air strikes have killed more than 4,300 civilians across Syria since July 2012.
On 8 April 2013, on International Roma Day, Amnesty International joined by the European Roma Policy Coalition and Roma activists from across Europe, organized a flash mob in front of the European Parliament to highlight the discrimination and human rights violations Roma face across Europe.
Call on the European Commission to step in to end discrimination against Roma at: http://amnesty.org/actions/human-rights-here-roma-rights-now
Video to promote Amnesty International's campaign 'Human rights here, Roma rights now'. The video includes footage from Roma communities in Romania, Czech Republic and Italy. It calls on the European commission to take stronger action to fight discrimination against Roma.
The UN has voted overwhelmingly to support a new treaty, which forces countries to control the export of weapons - which including everything from warships to combat aircraft. In all 154 countries voted in favour with Russia among 23 abstentions.
BBC's Jonathan Marcus reports.
30-year-old housewife and mother of four children, Miriam López, from Mexico, tells her story after being arbitrarily arrested, tortured and raped by Mexican soldiers.
Take action here: https://www.amnesty.org//en/appeals-f...
Maryam Abu Deeb, daughter of Mahdi 'Issa Mahdi Abu Deeb, speaks about her father's imprisonment in a video taken on Amnesty International mission to Bahrain, January 2013.
This year the world has a unique opportunity to secure gender equality and rights for women and girls.
Ahead of the Commission on the Status of Women and International Women's Day, Amnesty International, the Gender And Development Network and Christian Aid host the Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening.
Watch to see how DFID intends to ensure equality is at the centre of international development, and questions to the Secretary of State and other panelists on DFID's plans.
(Amnesty International's Human TV)
There are more than 15 million refugees all around the world. They flee from war, violence and oppression. Pregnant women, children and sick people are many among them.
Annually Bulgaria is addressed with less than 1000 refugee applications. Notwithstanding, conditions for registration, admission and accommodation of asylum seekers in Bulgaria are completely inadequate. Instead of being accommodated in reception centers, refugees are confined in detention centers for illegal immigrants with Ministry of Interior.
Bulgarian law does not provide any deadline when they have to be released.
A Bulgarian Helsinki Committee production
Amnesty International's global letter writing marathon brings together individuals from every corner of the world to show solidarity and raise their voices for governments to take action to ensure justice for 12 individuals who had suffered human rights violations.
The event, which began in 2001 with a small group of activists in Poland who wrote letters for a period of 10 days (in some cases in 24-hour events) for the release of 12 individuals, grew into a world-wide campaign.
In 2012, over 1.5 million letters, SMS messages, and signatures were collected in over 80 countries during the "Write for Rights" week.
Take action for individuals here:http://www.amnesty.org/individuals
The Indian government should improve protections for children from sexual abuse as part of broader reform efforts following the gang rape and murder of a student in New Delhi in December 2012, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today.
More info at: http://www.hrw.org/node/113480
As the Oscar-nominated film 'No' is released in the UK, looking at the ad campaign that helped to bring down Pinochet's regime in Chile, Human TV has a Q&A with the star, Gael, and Eugenio, the real-life advertising executive his role is based on.
Anti-homophobia video by the BHC
"We live in a small town in Central Illinois and woke one morning in April 2011 to find our home and cars had been spray painted," says Anne Hollis.
The family had been attacked because her two daughters have Down Syndrome: "RETARDS." "Get Outta here." And other unprintables.
"That day changed my life forever."
But her two sons said they wanted to make a video, to "Speak up for our sisters."
taly is summarily returning unaccompanied migrant children and adult asylum seekers to Greece, where they face a dysfunctional asylum system and abusive detention conditions, Human Rights Watch said in a report published on Jan 21, 2013. Stowaways on ferries from Greece, including children as young as 13, are sent back by Italian authorities within hours without adequate consideration of their particular needs as children or their desire to apply for asylum.
Liu Xia, the wife of Liu Xiaobo has been illegally held under house arrest for over 26 months. She has not been able to communicate with others or leave her apartment freely.
On the 28 December 2012 a group of activists attracted Liu Xia's attention outside her apartment beneath her window. They discussed how to get around the security guards through the side door. Liu Xia welcomed them with hugs and tears... (Amnesty International video)
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been uprooted by the country's brutal civil war, and now many fear they're losing a battle against winter conditions. Associated Press looks at a refugee camp near the border with Turkey.
Syrian refugee children dig... air-raid shelters (CNN).
Greece is a destination for thousands of Syrian, Somali and Afghan refugees (Al Jazeera English).
Eastern Congo remains one of the most dangerous places in Africa, particularly for women... (UNHCR)
This video depicts human rights violations in different parts of the world including a beheading in the Middle East, assaults on prisoners and torture reminiscent of the events which took place at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and armed guerrilla and child soldiers in Africa.
Short spot produced by agency TBWA for Amnesty International France.
The official promo video of the Homeless World Football Cup 2012 in Mexico City.
People with mental disabilities suffer severe abuses in psychiatric institutions and spiritual healing centers in Ghana. The Ghanaian government has done little to combat such abuse or to ensure that these people can live in the community, as is their right under international law.
Human Rights Watch video
In Bahrain scores of activists continue to be imprisoned and investigations into cases of police torture and killing of civilians have not been sufficiently thorough. Maryam Al-Khawaja, Head of foreign relations at the Bahrain center for human rights spoke to Amnesty International on the repression her family and other human rights defenders in Bahrain are still facing on a daily basis.
The execution of Troy Davis on Sept. 21, 2011, was a profound injustice. But in the year since, the fight to abolish the death penalty has built some serious momentum.
Amnesty International researcher Elena Wasylew makes a regular trip to Bosnia & Herzegovina to visit women who were raped during the war between 1992-1995. Elena investigates why only a fraction of the tens of thousands of cases have been investigated and takes the voices of the women to the countries decision makers.
Amnesty International's researcher Donatella Rovera reports from the North West of Syria where she found more evidence of civilians bearing the brunt of the conflict in the country.
Bangladesh's discriminatory personal laws on marriage, separation, and divorce trap many women and girls in abusive marriages or drive them into poverty when marriages fall apart...
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At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Human Rights Campaign and Google hosted a panel discussion of the current landscape of the LGBT movement from the perspective of technology, media, politics, and polling.
Hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart, panelists include:
Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign
Campbell Brown, MSNBC News anchor
Ben Jealous, President/CEO of NAACP
Aisha Tyler, Actress/Comedian
and Anna Greenberg, Pollster at Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research
For more on the LGBT movement, please visit:
United Nations human rights chief has condemned the ongoing human rights violations in northern Mali, including cruel punishments such as amputations, and called on the Government and the international community to urgently address the crisis.
"According to credible reports that my office has received, the various armed groups currently occupying northern Mali have been committing serious human rights violations and possibly war crimes," High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the UN Human Rights Council.
Mali's Justice minister Malick Coulibaly addressing the Council appealed to the International Community to support Mali in its efforts to promote peace in the country.
The Paralympic Games 2012 have ended with a spectacular closing ceremony. Press TV's Roshan Muhammed Salih reports from London.
The Unites States government during the Bush administration tortured opponents of Muammar Gaddafi, then transferred them to mistreatment in Libya, according to accounts by former detainees and recently uncovered CIA and UK Secret Service documents, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on September 6, 2012. One former detainee alleged he was waterboarded and another described a similar form of water torture, contradicting claims by Bush administration officials that only three men in US custody had been waterboarded - http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/09/05/us-torture-and-rendition-gaddafi-s-libya.
More than 100,000 Syrian refugees have entered neighbouring countries amid ongoing violence in their home nation. Melissa Fleming, of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, describes the latest situation to Al Jazeera.
A South African miner arrested for an alleged murder claims he was abused in prison. Channel 4 News's Inigo Gilmore has the story.
Civilians are bearing the brunt of violence in the battle between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters for control of Aleppo - the country's largest city and commercial capital. This Amnesty International video contains footage from the fact-finding visit filmed by Donatella Rovera, as well as an interview with Donatella about her experiences and what the footage shows.
The takeover of Northern Mali by al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist groups leads to an exodus of more than half a million refugees out of the region. Channel 4 News's Lindsey Hilsum reports.
In Moscow, the trial of the activist-feminist group known as Pussy Riot continues into its second week. The case has captured both domestic and international attention, with the Russian opposition rallying around them as an anti-Putin symbol. Al Jazeera's Melissa Chan takes a closer look at what these women are all about.
The Paralympic Games 2012 advertising spot (Channel 4)
Animation of Zimbabwean human rights defender Magodonga Mahlangu for the Front Line Defenders Olympics 2012 Campaign - www.sportshrd.org. Magodongo Mahlunga is a leading woman human rights defender in Zimbabwe and in Africa. Despite countless nights spent in jail and non-stop efforts to silence her, she continues to act to secure political, social and economic rights for the people of Zimbabwe. To learn more, go to www.frontlinedefenders.org/MagodongaMahlangu
Animation of Venezuelan human rights defender Marianela Sánchez Ortiz for the Front Line Defenders Olympics 2012 Campaign - www.sportshrd.org. Working as a lawyer to protect the rights of prisoners in Venezuela, Marianela Sánchez Ortiz has faced harassment and direct threats, in addition to having death threats issued against her family. To learn more, go to www.frontlinedefenders.org/MarianelaSanchezOrtiz
Animation of Kyrgyz human rights defender Azimjan Askarov for the Front Line Defenders Olympics 2012 Campaign - www.sportshrd.org. After an unfair and politically motivated trial, Azimjan Askarov was found guilty of killing a policeman during violent clashes in the south of Kyrgyzstan. He has worked for years against police abuse in the country. To learn more, go to www.frontlinedefenders.org/AzimjanAskarov
Animation of Chinese human rights defender Gao Zhisheng for the Front Line Defenders Olympics 2012 Campaign - www.sportshrd.org. After investigating allegations of abuse against members of China's religious minorities, lawyer Gao Zhisheng was harassed, detained and disappeared for over two years. He is now imprisoned in a remote part Xinjiang province. To learn more, go to www.frontlinedefenders.org/GaoZhisheng
In a country suffering a deep economic crisis, and after years of mismanaged migration and asylum policies, gangs of Greeks attack migrants and asylum seekers in central Athens and elsewhere in the country with frightening regularity. Human Rights Watch documented the failure of the police and the judiciary to prevent and punish rising attacks on migrants. Authorities have yet to develop a preventive policing strategy, while victims are discouraged from filing official complaints. Greek courts have yet to convict anyone under the country's 2008 hate crime statute. Special Feature: http://www.hrw.org/features/greece-hate-on-the-streets
The government of Malta has a policy of automatically detaining migrant children who make the journey from Africa to Europe alone. These children are held in detention centers along with adults, in violation of international law. HRW's Alice Farmer reports.
The Yemeni authorities must launch an immediate independent investigation after Central Security Forces and snipers opened fire on a peaceful demonstration and march in the southern port city of Aden on Saturday killing at least three people, and leaving another on a life-support machine. On 07 July 2012, snipers were seen firing from rooftops as hundreds gathered to mark the 18th anniversary of the day in 1994 that government forces from Sana'a captured Aden from secessionist forces at the end of the civil war. Dina El-Mamoun of Amnesty International reports from the city of Amen after injured protestors were brought to a local hospital for treatment.
Some 140,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Jordan, escaping the Shabbiha -- gunmen loyal to President Assad. They are currently housed in two compounds in a border town, and the Jordanian government is considering opening more holding centres. There are now so many refugees that they're overwhelming the border towns. But the government is reluctant to build proper camps. Politicians here are worried that the Syrian government would consider that a hostile act. Al Jazeera's Nisreen El-Shamayleh reports from Ramtha, Jordan.
"Changing laws, changing minds: Challenging homophobic and transphobic hate crimes in Bulgaria" focuses on the failure of the police and prosecutors to address effectively crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. To coincide with the Sofia Pride March on 30 June 2012, Amnesty International is calling on the Bulgarian authorities to amend its legislation to define attacks against people on the basis of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity as hate crimes.
During a visit to Libya in May and June, Amnesty International found that hundreds of armed militias continue to act above the law, many refusing to disarm or join the national army or police force. The Ministry of Interior told the organization that it has been able to dismantle four militias in Tripoli, a tiny proportion of the total number. In a new report 'Libya: rule of law or rule of militias?', the organization says that nearly a year after Tripoli fell to the revolutionary fighters (thuwwar), ongoing violations -- including arbitrary arrests and detention, torture including to death, impunity for unlawful killings and forcible displacement -- are casting a shadow over the country's first national elections since the fall of al-Gaddafi's regime.
When you don't exist is Amnesty International's campaign for the human rights of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe and at its borders. People move to Europe for different reasons. Some flee persecution or war. Others leave because of chronic poverty. They hope to find a safer, better future in Europe. But too often they find a different reality. Europe is failing migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers. Negative attitudes to asylum-seekers and migrants are widespread. European countries are stepping up measures to control migration. This can cause serious human rights violations. People on the move have their rights violated, often out of the public eye. They are effectively made invisible. To learn more about Amnesty International's campaign, please visit: http://www.whenyoudontexist.eu/
Former detainees and defectors have identified the locations, agencies responsible, torture methods used, and, in many cases, the commanders in charge of 27 detention facilities run by Syrian intelligence agencies. The systematic patterns of ill-treatment and torture that Human Rights Watch documented clearly point to a state policy of torture and ill-treatment and therefore constitute a crime against humanity.
Meet Omar, a 17 year-old Somali boy whose life has been dramtically changed due to wars in Somalia and then Libya. A Human TV short film looking at Omar's personal story and his daily life in the Choucha refugee camp on the border of Tunisia.
Tuesday 12th June marks World Day Against Child Labour. Despite efforts by the International Labour Organisation to ban the worst practices, it is still a common sight in many countries - even those where there are laws against it. In India, education has been made compulsory to age 14 in a bid to crack down on child labour, but crippling poverty means many families have no choice but to send their offspring out to do what is often difficult and dangerous work. (France 24International News)
"One More Voice" features narration by three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep and an anthem specially written for the video and Amnesty International's 50th anniversary by Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer and composer Lorne Balfe.
The Amnesty International Report 2012 provides a comprehensive global overview of the state of human rights worldwide. The 400-page book documents the state of human rights in 155 countries around the world during 2011. It reflects Amnesty International's work to combat human rights abuses and lays out its future agenda for tackling human rights abuses. Find more at http://www.amnesty.org/en/annual-report/2012)
At least 90 people have been killed during an attack on Houla, a town near the opposition stronghold of Homs. Dozens of children are among the dead... (Al Jazeera's Rosiland Jordan reports)
A Saudi woman confronted members of the country's religious police after they accused her of breaking strict modesty rules with her painted nails...
CNN's Ivan Watson reports on the ongoing violence and protests in Syria that has continued for over 15 months.
This Amnesty International animated video illustrates the case of Dhondup Wangchen, who is serving a prison sentence in China for "subversion of state power" - simply because he dared to speak out about Tibetan human rights through his filmmaking. Dhondup Wangchen, a self-taught filmmaker from eastern Tibet, together with Golog Jigme secretly filmed over 35 hours of interviews with everyday Tibetans. These interviews were made into a 25-minute documentary film 'Leaving Fear Behind'. Free Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen at http://amnestyusa.org/freedhondup
Following the lives of four refugees and how separation from loved ones has shaped their existence, “Lost and Found: The Story of Refugees United” is a journey into the hardships so many families must endure as they seek to reconnect.
An Interview with Dr. Moussa Charafeddine who talks about the challenges that people with disabilities face in Lebanon.
This Human Rights Watch video shows why the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) should speak out against Azerbaijan's appalling record on freedom of expression in the lead-up to the Eurovision Song Contest.
While diplomats argued over details of Annan's peace plan, Syrian tanks and helicopters attacked one town in Idlib after another... Find more at http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/05/02/syria-war-crimes-idlib-during-peace-negoti...
Civilians are bearing the brunt of abuses in Sudan's simmering border conflict in Blue Nile state, Human Rights Watch said today, based on a research trip in April 2012 into Blue Nile. As in neighboring Southern Kordofan, which Human Rights Watch visited in August 2011, civilians in Blue Nile continue to endure Sudan's indiscriminate bombing and other abuses, even as new conflict between Sudan and South Sudan threatens to engulf the wider border area.
Every year 200 000 children are killed in war zones... (Amnesty International video)
With preparations well underway for Sunday's Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, a leading human rights group has said torture and ill-treatment are continuing in the Gulf kingdom. Amnesty International says it has evidence of people being kept in prison for participating in peaceful anti-government protests, and that security forces are using excessive and unnecessary force against demonstrators. Bahrain's Government has rejected many of the claims. BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes says demonstrations against the authorities are a daily event.
40 years ago, three young black men were put in solitary confinement; two are still in isolation. In total the three men have spent more than 100 years in solitary, mostly in the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana. But the "Angola 3" have refused to be silenced; their fight for justice continues. Find more at http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/cases/usa-the-angola-3
Amateur video purportedly shows two neighbourhoods in Homs coming under heavy shelling as UN peace monitors start their mission to oversee a fragile ceasefire.
The prosecution presented details of Anders Behring Breivik's life, and his massacre of 77 people last summer, as the first day of his trial went underway.
An interim government is expected to take power in Mali, but the biggest concern for them will be how to deal with the increasing number of refugees coming in from Northern Mali. Al Jazeera's Mohammed Vall reports from Timbaktu.
This year one of the world's biggest TV shows comes to Azerbaijan. Amnesty International is urging the hosts to address the truth about the country's human rights record, and to release all Prisoners of Conscience held since last spring following anti government protests.
Worried about an escalation in violence, displaced Somalis are on the run again - this time from the Afgooye corridor back to parts of the capital, Mogadishu.
Syria's refugee crisis appears increasingly critical. Despite tens of thousands already fleeing violence inside their country, aid agencies are warning the situation is about to get much worse (EURONEWS).
Amnesty TV's James King take us through his picks from this month's Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Into the Abyss by Werner Herzog tells the tale of two Texas prisoners on death row for murder. Black Block by Carlo Augusto Bachschmidt tells the story of the raid on the Diaz school at the 2001 Genoa G8 summit through the testimony of those who were there. Saving Face by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and Daniel Junge exposes how acid attacks affect women in Pakistan and how one plastic surgeon is trying to help them
Harassment and detention of political dissidents, human rights activists, journalists and bloggers across Cuba has risen sharply over the past 24 months. This short news video features Javier Zuniga, Amnesty International Cuba Expert. He reveals new tactics by the Cuban authorities to punish individuals seen as opposed to the regime.
What do you know about the death penalty? Did you know that of 198 countries in the world, only 20 carried out executions in 2011? That the USA was the only country in the G8 to execute people? That worldwide, 18,750 people are living with a death sentence? We're getting closer to a death penalty-free world, but there is still far to go - especially in the US. Learn more about Amnesty's campaign to end capital punishment at http://www.amnestyusa.org/abolish
A video showing how African refugees are treated in the capital of Italy... (guardian.co.uk)
Fighting in Sudan has displaced nearly half a million people - with thousands fleeing south across the border. Refugee camps in remote areas are in desperate need of humanitarian aid. (Al Jazeera English)
Two CNN assignment editors discuss how important the activist network is for us to cover the story in Syria. Warning: Graphic video begins halfway through the video.
Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad has portrayed herself as a defender of women and children's rights in her country. But she has been silent through much of the escalating violence, and has appeared publicly in support of her husband, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Call on Syria's First Lady to use her influence to defend the rights of women activists, and release those who are in detention. (http://www.amnestyusa.org/syriawomen)
Getting 17% less than you deserve? Women in Europe experience this everyday, as they face ongoing inequalities and discrimination in the labour market (http://ec.europa.eu/equalpay)
Sexual violence is the war crime that generate more refugee women in Colombia. The big problem is that it’s been unnoticed. Help stop this at http://saynotoviolence.org/ (UNHCR spot)
Official Spot for the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International
The government of Azerbaijan has forcibly evicted homeowners and demolished their homes for urban development projects in Baku, the capital, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on February 29, 2012. Dozens of families have been evicted from the neighborhood where the arena for the May 2012 Eurovision Song Contest is being built.
Paul never washes... a short film by Oliver Rauch (Germany. 2007)
Has the revolution betrayed the women of Egypt? BBC's Sue Lloyd-Roberts reports.
2011 was a year without precedent for the people of the Middle East and North Africa. In this animation John Hurt gives a quick recap of a year of change and rebellion. (Amnesty International spot)
To mark a Global Day of Action on Revolutions in Middle East and North Africa, Amnesty International Portugal is giving protesters a voice, setting their words free and amplifying their message through social media networks. Amnesty is launching the Freedom Dictionary project, a collective dictionary that holds 155 thousand words. These words will be set free by people, through the internet. To take part in this project, just go to www.freedomdictionary.org, choose a word and share using social media networks. The chosen word will bear the name of the person who released it, crediting those who choose to participate.
CNN's Arwa Damon is reporting from inside Syria , where the government has been placing restrictions on international journalists and refusing many of them entry at all. Residents and opposition activists say they fear for their lives as shelling and snipers leave them trapped.
What happens when Misery Bear writes some bad things about the government... (Amnesty TV show)
To mark London Fashion Week we ask if you know who makes your clothes? (Amnesty TV show)
The European Court of Human Rights has just sentenced Bulgaria over inhumane treatment of elderly people in social care centers. According to human rights advocates, this makes any current or future placement of such people in those institutions in stark breach of the European Convention of Human Rights... (Press TV's Ivaylo Spasov reports from Sofia)
Over 7 million gamers play Call of Duty online every day and Amnesty International is tapping into this base with seamless in-game advertising to gain supporters. Players can buy an additional game map called Amnesty Rescue MOD for $1. This $1 is donated to Amnesty and players then can rescue people suffering from human rights violations.
CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to a Syrian activist inside Homs who says the government is shelling the city and more than 200 have been killed in a few hours. Hundreds are injured with little to no medical help. Innocent men, women, and children are being slaughtered by the Assad government because they are asking for freedom.
Stop imprisoning people fleeing war, disaster, torture and death! Sign the petition at zakrila.bghelsinki.org (production - BHC; music - Maya Popova)
The arms trade is out of control... (Amnesty TV show)
Wednesday's violence following a match between al-Masry and al-Ahly in Port Said, is among the worst in football history. Al Jazeera sports journalist, Khalid Abdel Kareem explains tension leading up to Wednesday's match between the long-time rivals.
This year, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to protect human rights and save hundreds of thousands of lives. Find out more at www.amnesty.org.uk/arms
Things you need to know about ACTA... (animation spot)
The latest arrivals to Edinburgh Zoo ponder what they are doing behind bars. Are they political prisoners, on a migrant work programme, or diplomats sent to Scotland to help everybody forget China's appalling human rights record? (Amnesty TV show)
The Arab League announced on Sunday that it had agreed to a new plan whereby Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would give up power, allowing a unity government to form and put an end to 10 months of bloody uprising. The resolution came after Saudi Arabia announced that it would withdraw its observers from the League's monitoring mission, which was dispatched in December to observe the fighting between the government and the armed opposition. The League said it would ask the United Nations Security Council to support its new resolution. (Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna reports from Cairo)
Thousands of people have held anti-government protests in Syria, chanting for the downfall of the government. At least 12 people were killed by security forces across the country, activists said. (Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports)
Cell 36 in Al Jalame prison, northern Israel, is one of a handful of cells where Palestinian children are locked in solitary confinement for days or even weeks. Mohammad Shabrawi from Tulkarm, in the West Bank, was arrested last January, aged 16, and Ezz ad-Deen Ali Qadi from Ramallah, who was 17 when arrested, talk about their experiences (Guardian TV)
What a game... a short film by Kristina Grozeva (Bulgaria, 2007)
What happens when a normal dude named Rob (Dileep Rao, Avatar and Inception) heads to a travel agency looking for a relaxing vacation? Will he be eligible for the "Not-so Geneva Package" and heading off to Guantánamo Bay? (Amnesty TV)
On 11 January 2002, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the first detainees were transferred to the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Since then, the detention facility there has made the world's news headlines for the shocking human rights concerns associated with it - including arbitrary detention, secret detention, torture and other ill-treatment, renditions, and unfair trials. Ten years on more than 150 detainees remain at Guantánamo Bay. The majority are in indefinite detention without charge or trial. Those who have been charged face unfair trial by military commission and some can face the death penalty if convicted. The government claims that even those found not guilty can be returned to indefinite detention. There has been essentially no accountability or redress for the human rights violations to which they and other detainees have been subjected. Human rights concerns in Guantánamo Bay remain an unfinished story. How long before the US government closes the book on Guantánamo and meets its human rights obligations? Amnesty International will deliver a petition to President Obama before his 2012 State of the Union address on 24 January. Sign the petition here: http://bit.ly/endguantanamo!
The Arab League has renewed calls for the Syrian government to end bloodshed and allow more observers in the country. But the group, monitoring the implementation of a peace plan, stopped short of asking the UN for help. The Arab League mission itself has been heavily criticised for failing to stop the violence. And, as RT's Sara Firth reports, many in the country say they're paying too high a price for change.
3000 Syrian civilians have been killed since March 2011. The number is rising each week... (Amnesty International spot)
Hungary under Prime Minister Viktor Orban has brought in a new constitution in spite of strong criticism from the opposition at home and from other countries, European Union partners included. The centre-right Fidesz party government is moving ahead ignoring protesters who say the new moves are undemocratic (EURONEWS)
The overcrowding of prisons in the largest Bulgarian cities remains a huge problem, triggering a number of human rights violations.
A short video urging an end to government sanctioned forced child labour in the Uzbek cotton industry (www.antislavery.org/cottoncrimes)
“The myths that Bulgarians live in a tolerant country create political comfort, but also - destroy the basics of society.”
That’s what prominent activists said, while being recognized by human rights advocates and journalists for their fight against governmental abuse of power, court malpractices, corporate corruption, mistreatment of ethnic and religious minorities and torture of disabled children in state-care institutions.
Arrests were made in St. Petersburg as tens of thousands turned out across the country to protest against alleged electoral fraud and against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his party (Telegraph TV)
At least 20,000 children work in Malian artisanal gold mines under extremely harsh and dangerous conditions. These children literally risk life and limb. They carry loads heavier than their own weight, climb into unstable shafts, and touch and inhale mercury, one of the most toxic substances on earth. (Human Rights Watch, courtesy NBC Rock Center)
The cruel beating of a female protester by Egyptian military police, who continued battling peaceful protesters at Tahrir Square on Sunday. The clashes, into their third day now, have left 10 people dead and hundreds injured. This RT video reveals the extreme cruelty of the country's law enforcers during the crackdown.
Amnesty UK brings the world's attention to the faces and stories of some of the cases for Amnesty International's letter writing campaign this December.
Join thousands of people around the world, writing to make a difference. On Human Rights Day, December 10th, 2011 join "Write for Rights", Amnesty International's global letter writing marathon and write a letter for human rights. It's a simple action that can save a life!
In China slavery in prisons is still alive and thriving, to provide cheap goods for major companies and corporations. (Al Jazeera's Rageh Omar reports)
According to a 2009 poll, 54% of the British population are in favour of the death penalty. Comedian Romesh Ranganathan has a few things to say to them... (Amnesty TV show)
Police use pepper spray against peaceful protesters sitting on the ground at UC Davis (CNN News)
Slide to unlock... Amnesty International spot in support of texting activism
Jack Greenberg, the famous civil right lawyer and human rights activist, gives an interview to Obektiv, the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee's monthly magazine (interview taken by Marta Metodieva)
Do you know what Human Rights are? Every person is entitled to certain fundamental rights - simply by the fact of being human. These are called “human rights” rather than a privilege (which can be taken away at someone’s whim). They are "rights" because they are things you are allowed to be, to do or to have. These rights are there for your protection against people who might want to harm or hurt you. They are also there to help us get along with each other and live in peace.
Approximately 7,000 high school students drop out every school day, which translates to one in three students... (a BoostUp high school dropout prevention campaign designed to support potential graduates at-risk of dropping out)
Watch Amnesty International's new video and learn how you can help protect human rights through your actions
After a harsh winter and floods which have devastated several harvests, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is struggling to feed itself. For a country that is mostly barren and mountainous, any reductions in food production can be devastating (WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME video)
Cassetteboy gets the Prime Minster of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, to play the pipes of peace... (Amnesty TV show)
Imagine being ignored when your mum needed you the most... Help support Marriage Equality today - visit www.marriagequality.ie
Life is a funny thing... a short film by Dominic Chambers (Australia, 2011)
Comedian Joel Dommett tries out some factually accurate, but not very funny, human rights jokes that wont be making it into his set... (Amnesty TV show)
Infamous video prankster Cassetteboy gets to grips with Barack Obama's policy on Guantanamo. 'When exactly will you be closing Guantanamo Bay prison Mr President?' 'Err...' (Amnesty TV show)
AIDS Discrimination Awareness PSA video spot
A sneak preview from Amnesty TV's first episode - fortnightly mix of satire, stunts and news: Heydon Prowse gets signatures from a select group of ambassadors into Amnesty's 50th birthday card as they've kept Amnesty in business for the last 50 years...
In this video victims of Joseph Koni's Resistance Army call upon US President Barack Obama for urgent and decisive action to stop the horrors perpetrated by the LRA. To learn more, visit: http://www.hrw.org/en/features/dear-obama
It rarely stops... (Coalition Against Battered Women video)
Does it really matter if you save one or two? (Amnesty International spot)
A short film about domestic violence
Raw Documentary Footage (CIA Archives, 1957)
A Human Trafficking PSA from Not For Sale South Africa and Media Village
Marlon Brando, James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Charlton Heston, Joseph Minklelwitz, and Sidney Poitier talk about the Civil Rights Movement.
Human trafficking is slavery... (Anti-Slavery spot)
Amnesty International video against death penalty
The Black middle-class Myers family moves into all-white Levittown, PA in August, 1957, and are snubbed and mistreated, in this powerful landmark documentary showcasing racism in the United States. This movie is part of the collection and courtesy of the Academic Film Archive of North America from www.archive.org
Anti-domestic violence video spot (Family Justice Center)
Martin Luther King's legendary speech, August 28, 1963, Washington, D.C.
Cupboard doors get the blame for 330 000 injuries a year... (anti-domestic violence TV ad)
Pepe Danquart's Oscar winning short film about race and prejudice
Social ad by Enfance et Partage (non profit organization against child abuse)
Аnti-domestic violence PSA commercial
Do nothing and you may as well land a hand... (Australian social ad against domestic violence)