Good news from Amnesty International.
Dear Supporter, Today is Human Rights Day – and we bring you some reasons to be cheerful. The news headlines seldom seem positive, yet looking back on 2009, we have found much to celebrate – we’d like to share a few of these highlights with you.
Thank you for all your support during the year.
FREEDOM for Guantánamo detainee. In January, President Obama announced that Guantánamo would be closed. In February, Binyam Mohamed was released. He thanked those who wrote to him, saying “I would not be home in Britain today if it were not for everyone’s support. Indeed, I might not be alive at all.” More
ACTION on dangerous arms loophole. In April, new legislation on UK arms controls came into force, closing a dangerous loophole that left UK gun-running companies free to traffic small arms and ammunition to human rights hotspots.
PROTECTION for Brazilian family. In July, we learned that a huge response from Amnesty’s Urgent Action Network had helped to bring safety for Jose Luis da Silva, Severina dos Santos Silva and their family after threats to their lives which they believe were linked to their fight for land rights. More
A NEW CHANCE for Troy Davis. In August, after years of campaigning, the US Supreme Court ruled that death row prisoner Troy Davis should have a chance to prove his innocence before the state of Georgia executes him. We expect the hearing to begin in the New Year. More
A big step towards JUSTICE in Gaza. In early November, we saw the biggest breakthrough yet in the campaign for justice for victims of the Gaza conflict. The UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to endorse the Goldstone Report. This calls on Israel and Hamas to investigate war crimes or face intervention by the International Criminal Court. More
GOOD NEWS from the UK government. In late November the government announced an integrated strategy to tackle all forms of violence against women, including rape, domestic violence, trafficking, and forced marriage. This is great news after five years of campaigning to stop violence against women. More