Amnesty International

Amnesty International launches Chinese-language website

A screenshot of Amnesty International's new Chinese-language blog.

International human rights advocacy group Amnesty International has launched a Chinese-language website as part of its efforts to reach out to a Chinese-speaking audience, even though the site remains inaccessible to mo

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Refugees and migrants face rising dangers

Refugees from Libya talk to German police officers as they stage a protest in front of the city hall in Hamburg, northern Germany on Wednesday to raise awareness of their current living conditions. Photo: AFP

Amnesty International said on Thursday millions of people who have fled conflict or persecution, and migrants who have left home in search of work, have suffered abuses at the hands of state authorities or employers.

23 May 2013 - 2:54pm

Talking points

Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting

The academic behind plans for an Occupy Central pro-democracy campaign in summer fleshes out his proposal. Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting, an associate professor of law at the University of Hong Kong, floated the idea of rallying 10,000 campaigners to press the central government to keep its pledge to introduce universal suffrage for the 2017 chief executive election. 

27 Mar 2013 - 3:09am

UN must refer Syria war crimes to ICC, says Amnesty

A fire ranges following shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. Amnesty said the UN should refer Syria war crimes to the International Criminal Court. Photo: Reuters

The UN Security Council must refer war crimes committed by both sides in Syria’s two-year conflict to the International Criminal Court, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

14 Mar 2013 - 3:12pm

Cold weather kills 17 in Afghan refugee camps

An Afghan girl poses for a photograph as she waits to receive winter goods distributed by the UN Refugee Agency in Kabul. Photo: EPA

Severe cold weather sweeping through camps for people displaced by the Afghan war has killed 17 people, mostly children, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

The deaths occurred in the first two weeks of January in Kabul and Herat provinces, which host most of the country’s half a million internally displaced people.

22 Jan 2013 - 2:58pm

Chinese International School's student human rights group

Student members of the human rights group at the Chinese International School. Photo: David Wong

Students in their final school year usually have little time to pay attention to anything outside the immediate demands of projects, exams and trying to keep sane under a hectic schedule. Yet a small group of teenagers at Chinese International School (CIS) have made it their mission to champion human rights issues across the school.

9 Dec 2012 - 1:11pm

Amnesty London staff strike over changes

An Amnesty International London protest against US detentions at Guantanamo Bay. The group is now fighting internally. Photo: EPA

The church hall in central London was standing-room only, the atmosphere charged. In a room draped in banners carrying the slogan "Workers' Rights are Human Rights", a union official summed up the mood: "We are here and we are pissed off."

4 Dec 2012 - 3:26am

Amnesty International criticises Iran on hangings

Iran has hanged 10 people convicted of drug trafficking, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported, in part of what rights group Amnesty International called a "state killing spree".

Executions are regular events in Tehran, and the latest took place on Monday in a prison in the capital. The judiciary said those hanged were members of two drug gangs, Mehr said.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:31am

Beijing must heed rural discontent over land grabs

The downfall of Bo Xilai has dominated headlines. Yet as China prepares for a change in leadership, there is another tale of abuse of power that continues unabated - the forced eviction of people from their homes and farmland.

12 Oct 2012 - 1:59am

China forced evictions on the rise, Amnesty finds

Residents of Wukan village in Lufeng, Guangdong province, gather to protest a land grab in September last year. Photo: Reuters

Violent forced evictions are increasing in China as local governments seek to pay off debts by seizing land and selling usage rights to property developers, Amnesty International said in a report on Thursday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Amnesty International decries 20-year jail term for activist Mam Sonando

Police escort Mam Sonando (centre) into a car. Photo: AFP

A prominent critic of Cambodia's government was sentenced to 20 years in prison yesterday for an alleged secessionist plot, dismaying rights campaigners who decried the verdict as politically motivated.

2 Oct 2012 - 4:29am

Briefs, September 23, 2012

Police arrest 8 suspects in anti-terrorism raid

23 Sep 2012 - 3:15am

Malaysia urged to stop ‘harassment’ of activists

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Photo: Xinhua

Amnesty International has called on Malaysia to stop the “harassment” of a human rights organisation that has accused the government of corruption.

Authorities are investigating the funding of Suaram, an opposition-leaning group that has long campaigned against police brutality and other abuse.

22 Sep 2012 - 12:54pm

Prisoner of Conscience

Prisoner of Conscience by Frank Wolf Zondervan (audiobook)

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

No softening of Beijing's tough line on activists

Maverick artist Ai Weiwei's release does not signal a softening of the central government's tough line on critics - instead, it shows how Beijing's use of arbitrary detention has intimidated many of them into silence, analysts said yesterday.

24 Jun 2011 - 12:00am