Good News

Maryam Al-Khawaja, human rights activist was able to leave Bahrain

Bahraini human rights activist Maryam Al-Khawaja’s travel ban has been lifted, and she left Bahrain on 2 October. 

European Commission's action against Czech Republic for discrimination against in schools is a victory for rights, justice, and Roma

European Commission’s action against Czech Republic for discrimination in schools is a victory for rights, justice, and Roma.

Spain's Prime Minister has scuppered a retrogressive anti-abortion bill

The abandoning of a draconian anti-abortion bill that threatened the health, dignity and lives of women and girls in Spain is a step in a positive direction.

Sudan: Woman condemned to death released after international pressure

23 June 2014

Today’s release of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to death by hanging for ‘apostasy’ and to flogging for ‘adultery’, is a step towards undoing the horrific injustice visited on her, said Amnesty International today. 

Bahrain: A message of thanks from newly released prisoner of conscience, Nabeel Rajab

10 June 2014

Nabeel Rajab, a prominent Bahraini human rights activist jailed for calling for anti-government protests, was released on 24 May. He told us about being imprisoned – but not silenced – and what international support means to him.

Mozambique takes a step in the right direction and prohibits rape within marriage

Supporters of Amnesty International in Ireland and worldwide recently stood with the women and girls of Mozambique and demanded that a draft Criminal Code that would permit rape within marriage be struck down. The proposed Article 223 also allowed a rapist to escape prosecution by marrying the survivor (including girls as young as 12 years of age).

USA: A step in the rights direction

4 April 2014


Senate committee vote to declassify summary of CIA detention report – a welcome move, but much more needed 

Amnesty International welcomes Ireland's ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty Today

02 April 2014


Amnesty International has welcomed Ireland’s ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) today, the first anniversary of the ATT’s adoption by the UN General Assembly.

Tunisia: Quash conviction of released prisoner of conscience

10 March 2014

The release of Jabeur Mejri, a prisoner of conscience who spent two years in prison for publishing online articles and cartoons deemed offensive to Islam, is long overdue and must be followed by the authorities quashing his sentence and conviction, said Amnesty International. 

Russian prisoner of conscience freed as Write for Rights 2013 reaches 1.4 million actions!

Fantastic news came today as our global letter-writing campaign, Write for Rights, drew to a close: Vladimir Akimenkov, one of the Bolotnaya 3 prisoners of conscience, has been freed, writes Louisa Anderson, Global Campaigner at Amnesty’s International Secretariat.