Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty and AI) is a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights. It was founded in London in 1961.
Amnesty draws attention to human rights abuses and campaigns for compliance with international laws and standards. The organization was awarded the 1977 Nobel Peace Prize for its "campaign against torture". DW's coverage of Amnesty International is collated below.
This week, we'll hear from people who've overcome all sorts of struggles in their lives: We meet a woman in Australia who was taken from her Aboriginal family decades ago and put in a foster home, a pastor with a criminal past who's helping kids survive in Mexico and women in Tanzania who marry other women to secure their future after their husbands have died. And: attacks on human rights.
Murder, surveillance and trolling - 2016 was not a good year for human rights defenders. According to Amnesty International (AI), it was a year of unparalleled global assault, clampdowns on civil society and rampant use of surveillance. 281 people were killed for defending human rights - up from 156 the year before. DW speaks with Guadalupe Marengo, head of AI's Global Human Rights Defenders Team.
Murder, assault and surveillance: 2016 was not a good year for human rights defenders, according to Amnesty International. 281 activists were killed, many more silenced. We need better protection, says Guadalupe Marengo.
Since the failed coup attempt in Turkey last July, at least 156 media outlets there have been shut down and an estimated 2,500 journalists and other media workers have lost their jobs. Amnesty International is demanding the release of more than 120 journalists who have been jailed and is running a campaign called #FreeTurkeyMedia. More from Amnesty's Turkey Researcher, Andrew Gardner..
Bickering between Britain and Brussels over Brexit - The German Defence Minister comes under fire from her own army - Political uncertainty in the Czech Republic - Economic rebel Yanis Varoufakis makes a political comeback - Amnesty International steps up campaign for a free press in Turkey - Growing concern over the Polish media - The cross border tram building bridges between France and Germany.
Smartphones have up to 30 rare metals in them - many of which are extracted under inhuman conditions, says Amnesty International. Pressure is increasing on producers to reveal their supply chains and ensure fair working conditions in the extraction of the elements. Apple is leading the way.
Amnesty International publishes its annual statistics on the death penalty, which has been completely abolished in only 104 of 198 countries. It remains extremely difficult to obtain verifiable data for the People's Republic of China. The Chinese government treats executions as a state secret. There are official statistics, but they are believed to be heavily sugarcoated.
Thousands still die by capital punishment worldwide, according to an Amnesty International report. One US state is planning to carry out a number of executions in a fast-track procedure due to a drug's expiration date.