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How did Afghanistan become the most dangerous place to be a woman?

22 October 2014 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

A timeline tracing the erosion of women's rights in Afghanistan.

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Hong Kong protests: How young activists led the way

21 October 2014 |  by  |  Asia Pacific, China  |  No Comments

Last month Yvonne Leung Lai Kwong, a 21-year-old undergraduate and student union president, found herself at the forefront of the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. She gives her insight into the largely youthful protests, which at their peak saw up to 100,000 people take to the streets.

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Torture and death in custody in Tunisia

20 October 2014 |  by  |  MENA, Torture  |  No Comments

Mohamed Ali Snoussi was at home on 24 September when the police arrived. “A group of police officers stormed into our home with their faces covered,” his wife Ahlem told Amnesty International. “They beat him with sticks and stripped him of his underwear. They handcuffed him and brought him outside on the street naked. The policemen were saying: ‘We are from Brigade 17; look at what we are capable of doing.’”

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Can New Zealand take on the world?

17 October 2014 |  by  |  UN  |  No Comments

When New Zealand takes up its non-permanent seat on the United Nations Council (UNSC) in January 2015, 21 years will have passed since the country last held the reins on international peace and security.

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Solitary confinement is cruel and all too usual. Why is it only getting worse?

15 October 2014 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

The breathlessness was overwhelming. Standing in that small, dark cell, surrounded by nothing but three concrete walls, a dank toilet, a small sink, a thin mattress, a concrete slab and a perforated metal door that barely let any air in, the oppressive claustrophobia was hard to control.

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Write for Amnesty on Blog Action Day

14 October 2014 |  by  |  ESCR Rights, Write for Rights  |  No Comments

For this year’s Blog Action Day on Thursday 16 October, we’re asking for your thoughts, films and photos about inequality – an issue close to Amnesty’s heart.

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