10 successes you’ve contributed to so far this year…
23 September 2015, 10:30 UTC |
- The New Zealand government announced an emergency intake of 600 refugees
After months of campaigning, the Immigration Minister made an announcement that New Zealand will accept 600 refugees under an emergency intake. This announcement is a welcome and overdue step forward in New Zealand’s contribution to addressing the biggest humanitarian crisis since WW ll. But we must continue to urge the government to permanently increase the refugee quota. We will continue to campaign for an immediate doubling of the refugee quota.
- We helped Moses, a torture survivor on death row, get pardoned in Nigeria
After nearly 10 years in jail, and over 800,00 letters of support from activists around the world, Moses Akatugba’s life was spared. Emmanuel Uduaghan, the Governor of Delta State, used his last day in office to grant Moses a total pardon on 28 May 2015. Moses was imprisoned in 2005 and later sentenced to death by hanging for stealing mobile phones - a crime he denies. He thanked everyone who supported him: “Amnesty International members and activists are my heros.” He also promised to become a human rights activist himself: “I’m joining the fight against torture so that others will not go through the pain that I did.”
- We campaigned until Omar was finally released on bail
When Omar Khadr left a courthouse in Alberta, Canada with his long-time lawyer Dennis Edney on 7 May 2015, it was his first taste of freedom after almost 13 years behind bars - mostly spent in the notorious US Guantanamo prison. Omar was just 15 when US forces captured him in Afghanistan in 2002. Amnesty activists worldwide have campaigned for his rights ever since.
- We made sure Jerryme’s torture will be investigated
The Philippines police announced in late March that letters sent by a “human rights organisation” - which we can confidently say is Amnesty International - have prompted them to investigate the shocking torture of Jerryme Corre, who was electrocuted, punched and threatened to death. Amnesty Philippines delivered thousands of signatures collected during Write for Rights 2014 campaign to the police on 27 March. Immediately afterwards, the police informed Jerryme and his family that an investigation would be opened. And on 6 April, Amnesty attended the first investigation hearing alongside Jerryme.
- Fiji became the 99th country to abolish the death penalty
On 13 February, we woke up to good news that Fiji had scrapped the death penalty. This brought the number of countries who have completely ended the ultimate cruel and inhuman punishment to 99, exactly half of all states in the world. Our campaign continues for more countries to join them.
- Liu Ping has a prison visit in China
People worldwide took action for Liu Ping, an activist jailed for fighting corruption in China, during Write for Rights 2014. After previously being refused permission. Her daughter, Liao Minyue, was able to visit her in prison last December and again in February 2015. This is a positive development, and it’s possible that the international attention on Liu Ping’s case as part of Write for Rights contributed. “I’m very moved by all the action for my mother” Liao Minyue said. “I want to send my thanks to everyone who has been campaigning on her case.” We will continue to press for Liu Ping’s immediate release.
- More than a million of us stood up to Free Raif
Raif Badawi was jailed in Saudi Arabia for 10 years and sentenced to 1,000 lashes last year after setting up a website for social and political debate. When he received the first 50 lashes in January, campaigners across the world united in outrage. His flogging has not been carried out since, for unknown reasons, but he is still not free and at risk of being flogged again as long as his sentence stands. “To you, free people still standing up for Raif, your protests are making a difference” said his wife Ensaf Haidar. “Please do not stop until Raif is free.”
- We pushed Shell to pay out $108 million for oil spills in Nigeria
After years of campaigning, we helped bring about justice for 15,600 farmers and fishermen in Bodo, a community in Niger Delta region. In January, Shell announced a $108 million settlement to help rebuild the lives and livelihoods devastated by two large oil spills in 2008 and 2009. The fight for an environmental clean-up goes on.
- The last charges were dropped against torture survivor Claudia Medina
In Mexico, the last few charges were dropped against Claudia Medina, a survivor featured in our Stop Torture campaign. We will keep pushing to make sure she gets justice for the torture she suffered.
- Dr. Tun Aung was released in Myanmar
Campaigners worldwide celebrated the release of community leader Dr. Tun Aung in January. He was jailed for 17 years after trying to calm a crowd during riots in Myanmar in 2012. This good news followed more than two years of pressure from Amnesty supporters, including during Write for Rights 2013. Myanmar’s National Human Rights Commission said our letters prompted them to look further into Dr. Tun Aung’s case.
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