Previous Work & Events

Previous Work & Events

Amnesty International launches global campaigns in every 4 years.
Although some global campaigns have come to a close, we are committed to follow relevant human rights issues.

Torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment must stop, and those responsible for authorizing and implementing it must be held accountable.

Everyone has the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment (‘other ill-treatment’), according to Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted over 60 years ago by the United Nations.

Amnesty International’s campaign against torture in the ‘war on terror’ was launched on 26 June 2005. The campaign highlights the harsh reality of torture and its consequences. We are campaigning to hold governments accountable for their actions and to uphold international law and the absolute prohibition of torture under any circumstances.

Recently, there has been a new and acute threat to the international prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment in the context of government responses to the threat of terrorism. It is the validity of the absolute prohibition itself that has been challenged by the actions of governments around the world.

What this means in reality is that individuals are subjected to horrific practices. In the context of government counter-terrorism strategies, Amnesty International has documented practices such as:

• beatings, electric shocks, simulated drowning, prolonged isolation and other physical abuse;
• the return of individuals to countries where they are at risk of torture, sometimes on the basis of flimsy “diplomatic assurances”;
• secret detention.

Amnesty International is calling on all governments to: condemn all forms of torture and other ill-treatment; prevent torture, including through ending secret and incommunicado detention; and hold to account those responsible for authorizing, facilitating, or inflicting torture or other ill-treatment.

force eviction exhibition

People living in slums experience a staggering number of human rights violations. They are routinely denied their right to adequate housing, safe water, sanitation and drainage, electricity, health and education, and face the constant threat of police, gang violence, and forced eviction.


A forced eviction is a removal of people against their will from the homes or land they occupy without legal protection and other safeguards. Evictions may be carried out only as a last resort, once all other feasible alternatives have been explored and only after appropriate procedural and legal safeguards are in place.

These includes:

  • genuine consultation with the affected people
  • prior adequate and reasonable notice
  • adequate alternative housing and compensation for all losses
  • safeguards on how evictions are carried out
  • access to legal remedies and procedures, including access to legal aid where necessary

Governments are also required to ensure no one is rendered homeless or vulnerable to other human rights violations as a consequence of an eviction.

Amnesty International has developed considerable expertise about issues relating to international humanitarian law and human rights during armed conflicts. While we will continue to document abuses during conflicts, the major thrust of our work in the future will be to campaign for controls on the trading and supply of arms and on the exploitation of natural resources that feed those conflicts.

Because experience has shown the difficulties of directly influencing warring parties in situations of internal armed conflict, especially in weak states, we will organise our work around the responsibilities of outside actors who fuel and sustain those conflicts, and against whom our international campaigning has greater leverage. Such actors include foreign governments, private companies, international organisations, and the overseas constituencies of the belligerents (e.g. diaspora communities).

In this area, we will:

  • Focus on arms transfers (military, security and police transfers), the extraction of resources and other forms of trade between conflict zones, and various types of economic support to the belligerents;
  • Push for clearer international rules defining complicity in human rights abuses, in relation to both public and private players;
  • Lobby to develop international laws and effective monitoring procedures regarding arms transfers; and
  • Develop standards (perhaps binding laws) relating to the trade in resources from conflict zones.

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