See the Person
Video spot in support of people with disabilities
Video spot in support of people with disabilities
The film shows the best sheltered housing can achieve. It's just a step on the path to inedependent life.
It's time for real social inclusion.
Produced by the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee
Hungary's Parliament passed a series of laws on September 7 to control the flow of refugees into Hungary, giving police more authority and setting out strict punishments, including prison terms for illegal border crossing. The law also declares Serbia a “safe country,” in theory making it impossible for refugees who arrive from Serbia to get asylum in Hungary.
Committing a criminal offense (for example, crossing the border illegally) also will be a reason to refuse any asylum claims. Potential effects of these changes are currently unclear.
According to the new laws, those who enter the country illegally from September 15 will be held in pretrial detention and quickly expelled. Government representatives stated recently that they are preparing for mass riot scenes in the coming weeks, hoping for "relative tranquility by Christmas."
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán repeatedly said that a "new time" will come in the handling of the migrant crisis , though potential effects of the changes are currently unclear.
Watch our video from the southern border of Hungary to find out what happens on the ground for the tens of thousands fleeing their homeland for a better life.
Video by Noemi Hatala
This is a video experiment dedicated to promote the newly launched website www.svetimageda.lt (in Lithuanian only). The website is a digital “handbook”, full of advices on how all of us can react to racial, homophobic, other kind of bullying and hate speech not only online, but also in mass media, on the streets, at schools, work, etc.
Syria’s intensifying refugee crisis will today surpass a record three million people, amid reports of increasingly horrifying conditions inside the country. Iman and her family were displaced four times inside Syria, fleeing from village to village to escape deadly attacks, before finally seeking refuge in Lebanon.
"No-one can forget their country. We were raised in Syria, lived there. How can we not love it? It's our country no matter what. Who wouldn't miss their country, their home, the ground they walked on?"
A UNHCR video
"Our neighbourhood is absolutely identical to all other Roma neighbourhoods in Bulgaria. It's got nice houses, families that live on a higher standard, and there's what we call "the ghetto" where the living conditions are at rock bottom.", says Kosyo Kosev, mayor of Nikolaevo municipality. "If we build a shell around ourselves and say "These are Roma, or Gypsies, or whatever", they will become capsulated as an ethnos and that won't lead to anything good for this country."
A Bulgarian Helsinki Committee production
Music - Vlasko (Rosza) - CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
Being a person with mental health disabilities is hard, especially so in Bulgaria. In Bulgaria people with mental health problems have no other choice but to be treated in miserable clinics.
The hospital in Kourilo takes in 1300 patients per year. Every fifth patient fits the category of the “socially indigent loners”.
Emil Traev is one of them. During the past 17 years, he has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals 60 times. Emil receives a pension of 110 leva (55 Euro). Because of the destitution he has lost all of his friends. He has lost both his parents. He has no one left. Only poetry soothes his “afflicted soul”. The needs of Emil, in his own words, amount to a few cups of coffee, a couple of cigarettes packs, one or two beers. He likes being in the outdoors, among “the normal people”, when his illness is not in an acute phase. However, for Emil life beyond the fence is harder. For him the isolation in the psychiatric clinic has lasted too long. This is why life behind the fence is easier, never mind the feeling of having hit the bottom.
A Bulgarian Helsinki Committee production
European states are failing to curb and in some cases even fuelling discrimination, intimidation and violence against Roma. There has been a marked rise in the frequency of anti-Roma violence in Europe in the last few years. The response to this alarming phenomenon has been inadequate. It is unacceptable that in modern-day Europe some Roma communities live under the constant threat of violence and pogrom-like attacks. All too often European leaders have pandered to the prejudices fuelling anti-Roma violence by branding Roma as anti-social and unwelcome. While generally condemning the most blatant examples of anti-Roma violence, authorities have been reluctant to acknowledge its extent and slow to combat it. For its part, the European Union has been reluctant to challenge member states on the systemic discrimination of Roma that is all too evident.
Amnesty International's report, We ask for justice": Europe's failure to protect Roma from racist violenc, examines hate motivated violence and harassment perpetrated against Roma by officials and ordinary citizens in the Czech Republic, France and Greece, illustrating the organization's concerns across the continent.
Demonstration material from the Czech Republic has been given to Amnesty International courtesy Tomas Rafa, RafaVideoArt (www.newnationalism.eu)
"Walk mile in her shoes": Men demonstrate against violence against women, rape and sexual harassment
There's an old saying: "You can't really understand a person unless you walked a mile in his shoes."
"Walk a mile in her shoes" (http://www.walkamileinhershoes.org/) is an international initiative that began in 2001 as a demonstrations of men wearing female shoes in order to attract media and public attention to the issue of violence against women, rape and sexual harassment.
On 8 March 2014, the International Women's Day, "Walk a mile in her shoes" took place in Bulgaria for the second time.
• Bulgarian Fund for Women
• The Bulgarian Red Cross
• Bilitis Resource Foundation
• The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee
• European Parliament Information Office
• One Billion Rising Bulgaria
Recalling that every fourth women in this country is a victim of domestic violence and a quarter of a million Bulgarians have become subject of sexual harassment - together, we want to inform as to the real situation in Bulgaria and about support for victims.
Hundreds of thousands of people around the world came together to call for justice in Amnesty International’s most successful ever letter-writing campaign.
In December 2013, more than 2.3 million letters, emails, SMS messages, faxes and tweets were sent in the “Write for Rights” campaign, beating last year’s record of 1.9 million actions.
Messages pressuring authorities led to the release of two prisoners of conscience: the Cambodian housing rights activist Yorm Bopha and the Russian peaceful protester Vladimir Akimenkov.
“It shows that when ordinary people stand together and send a clear message demanding governments fulfill their duty to protect and uphold people’s human rights we can achieve fantastic results,” said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.
“It was a truly global moment as hundreds of thousands of our members and supporters came together with one voice to take action against oppression and injustice.”
The Write for Rights campaign focused on the cases of prisoners of conscience in Ethiopia, Myanmar, Russia, Bahrain and Tunisia; individuals victimised by the state in Cambodia, Mexico, Turkey and Belarus; and harassed communities in Nigeria, Palestine and Honduras.
More info at http://www.amnesty.org/en/
It's impossible to imagine a world without Mandela. His death will leave a massive hole, not just in South Africa but around the world.
He was a truly global leader who repeatedly rejected every injustice in the cause of human rights. He simply refused to accept injustice -- and his courage helped change our entire world.
Mandela's life of political struggle and self-sacrifice became and remains an example to millions around the globe.
In November 2006, Amnesty International declared Nelson Mandela an 'Ambassador of Conscience' in recognition of his work over many years of speaking out against human rights abuses not just in South Africa but around the world.
Accepting the award Mandela said: "Like Amnesty International, I have been struggling for justice and human rights, for long years. I have retired from public life now. But as long as injustice and inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest. We must become stronger still.
What does Nelson Mandela mean to you? Post your thoughts and read other people's here: http://www.mandelamemorial.com/
Across Europe, thousands of people with intellectual disabilities are placed in institutions, where they are mistreated without repercussions. N-Map produced this video to support the case of Valentin Cåmpeanu, a young man who died in such a facility in Romania. Mr. Cåmpeanu was a Roma man with HIV and a severe intellectual disability. He was also an orphan. When he turned 18 he was transferred from a youth facility to an adult facility. The new facility was not informed of his HIV, so he never received his medication. He died alone in a cold room. Because Cåmpeanu has no next of kin, there is no one to sue on is behalf.
Several European human rights NGOs, including INTERIGHTS, Center for Legal Resources and Bulgarian Helsinki Committee are arguing before the European Court of Human Rights that they should have the right to sue on Mr. Cåmpeanu – or there will be no one to hold the Romanian government accountable for his death. N-Map produced this video to support the case, and to humanize what is essentially a technical procedural issue.
The ruling of the Grand Chamber on Campeanu vs. Romania, especially on the issue of admissibility, ie the right of human rights NGOs such as the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee to file applications with the ECHR in similar cases will set an extremely important precedent for European law. If Campeanu were to succeed, so would three Bulgarian cases of inhuman treatment and deprivation of life of defenseless institutionalised children – cases to which society turns a blind eye. The court will open the doors of the Convention rights for those crushed by society – for those insulated from everyone and everything , so that no one can protect them. The dead Kampeanu can change that.
See more here: http://www.interights.org/campeanu/index.html
Deaf children have a right to a quality education, like all other children, in a language and environment that maximizes their potential. In this video, in conjunction with a global conference in Sydney on equality for deaf people, Human Rights Watch shows some of the challenges faced by deaf children and young people, and the opportunities sign language education offers them.
In every part of the world people are forced out of their homes without warning or consultation, without access to justice and without compensation. These forced evictions often involve violence. They destroy livelihoods and social networks, and drive people deeper into poverty often resulting in many becoming homeless and destitute. This is why Amnesty International and WITNESS, along with the design firm Pentagram, got together to produce this short animation showing how governments and corporations forcibly evict people.
Police and plain-clothes security officers arrested several gay activists who were protesting outside the 2014 Sochi Olympics organising committee headquarters in Moscow.
No Comment TV
Naomi Campbell tells Channel 4 News she believes the fashion world discriminates against models of colour - and is reluctant to book non-white models for shows.
Yemen should protect its girls from the devastating effects of early marriage by setting 18 as the minimum age for marriage by law. The current political transition and drafting process for a new constitution offers a unique opportunity for the Yemeni government to enact laws protecting the rights of girls.
Human Rights Watch
Millions of people with disabilities in Russia continue to face significant barriers to participation in society, Human Rights Watch said in its new report. In 177 days, Russia will host the March 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi.
Tens of thousands of people have been threatened with being made homeless in Nigeria, as the government plans to replace shanty homes in the capital Lagos with new and improved houses.They fear they will be evicted and cannot afford to live in the new buildings.Human rights group have criticised the government's plans, saying authorities have the obligation to prevent forced evictions.Al Jazeera's Yvonne Ndege reports from Lagos.
"Where there is asphalt, that’s where ethnic Bulgarians live. Where the black road starts, that’s where Roma people live..."
A Bulgarian Helsinki Committee production
Athens police are conducting abusive stops and searches and have detained tens of thousands of people in a crackdown on irregular migration, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
The 51-page report, "Unwelcome Guests: Greek Police Abuses of Migrants in Athens," documents frequent stops of people who appear to be foreigners, unjustified searches of their belongings, insults, and, in some cases, physical abuse. Many are detained for hours in police stations pending verification of their legal status.
For more information: http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/06/12/gr...
76 countries still criminalize consensual same-sex relationships and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people everywhere continue to suffer violent attacks and discriminatory treatment. In this simple, high-impact video from the UN human rights office, individuals from diverse backgrounds pose questions directly to the viewer designed to expose the nature of human rights violations suffered by LGBT people around the world. The video includes cameo appearances by UN Secretary-General and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. The UN's message: LGBT rights are human rights. Together we will build a world that is free and equal.
On 8 April 2013, on International Roma Day, Amnesty International joined by the European Roma Policy Coalition and Roma activists from across Europe, organized a flash mob in front of the European Parliament to highlight the discrimination and human rights violations Roma face across Europe.
Call on the European Commission to step in to end discrimination against Roma at: http://amnesty.org/actions/human-rights-here-roma-rights-now
Video to promote Amnesty International's campaign 'Human rights here, Roma rights now'. The video includes footage from Roma communities in Romania, Czech Republic and Italy. It calls on the European commission to take stronger action to fight discrimination against Roma.
This year the world has a unique opportunity to secure gender equality and rights for women and girls.
Ahead of the Commission on the Status of Women and International Women's Day, Amnesty International, the Gender And Development Network and Christian Aid host the Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening.
Watch to see how DFID intends to ensure equality is at the centre of international development, and questions to the Secretary of State and other panelists on DFID's plans.
(Amnesty International's Human TV)
Amnesty International's global letter writing marathon brings together individuals from every corner of the world to show solidarity and raise their voices for governments to take action to ensure justice for 12 individuals who had suffered human rights violations.
The event, which began in 2001 with a small group of activists in Poland who wrote letters for a period of 10 days (in some cases in 24-hour events) for the release of 12 individuals, grew into a world-wide campaign.
In 2012, over 1.5 million letters, SMS messages, and signatures were collected in over 80 countries during the "Write for Rights" week.
Take action for individuals here:http://www.amnesty.org/individuals
Anti-homophobia video by the BHC
"We live in a small town in Central Illinois and woke one morning in April 2011 to find our home and cars had been spray painted," says Anne Hollis.
The family had been attacked because her two daughters have Down Syndrome: "RETARDS." "Get Outta here." And other unprintables.
"That day changed my life forever."
But her two sons said they wanted to make a video, to "Speak up for our sisters."
People with mental disabilities suffer severe abuses in psychiatric institutions and spiritual healing centers in Ghana. The Ghanaian government has done little to combat such abuse or to ensure that these people can live in the community, as is their right under international law.
Human Rights Watch video
Bangladesh's discriminatory personal laws on marriage, separation, and divorce trap many women and girls in abusive marriages or drive them into poverty when marriages fall apart...
Human Rights Watch video
At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Human Rights Campaign and Google hosted a panel discussion of the current landscape of the LGBT movement from the perspective of technology, media, politics, and polling.
Hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart, panelists include:
Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign
Campbell Brown, MSNBC News anchor
Ben Jealous, President/CEO of NAACP
Aisha Tyler, Actress/Comedian
and Anna Greenberg, Pollster at Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research
For more on the LGBT movement, please visit:
The Paralympic Games 2012 have ended with a spectacular closing ceremony. Press TV's Roshan Muhammed Salih reports from London.
The Paralympic Games 2012 advertising spot (Channel 4)
"Changing laws, changing minds: Challenging homophobic and transphobic hate crimes in Bulgaria" focuses on the failure of the police and prosecutors to address effectively crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. To coincide with the Sofia Pride March on 30 June 2012, Amnesty International is calling on the Bulgarian authorities to amend its legislation to define attacks against people on the basis of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity as hate crimes.
"One More Voice" features narration by three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep and an anthem specially written for the video and Amnesty International's 50th anniversary by Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer and composer Lorne Balfe.
The Amnesty International Report 2012 provides a comprehensive global overview of the state of human rights worldwide. The 400-page book documents the state of human rights in 155 countries around the world during 2011. It reflects Amnesty International's work to combat human rights abuses and lays out its future agenda for tackling human rights abuses. Find more at http://www.amnesty.org/en/annual-report/2012)
A Saudi woman confronted members of the country's religious police after they accused her of breaking strict modesty rules with her painted nails...
Are you a disabled person? Do you want to know more about your rights? (a Scottish Human Rights Commission video)
There are approximately 800 Malian refugee children living at Mangezi camp... (World Vision West Africa)
Make South Africa accessible to all... (DPSA video)
An Interview with Dr. Moussa Charafeddine who talks about the challenges that people with disabilities face in Lebanon.
Getting 17% less than you deserve? Women in Europe experience this everyday, as they face ongoing inequalities and discrimination in the labour market (http://ec.europa.eu/equalpay)
Has the revolution betrayed the women of Egypt? BBC's Sue Lloyd-Roberts reports.
To mark a Global Day of Action on Revolutions in Middle East and North Africa, Amnesty International Portugal is giving protesters a voice, setting their words free and amplifying their message through social media networks. Amnesty is launching the Freedom Dictionary project, a collective dictionary that holds 155 thousand words. These words will be set free by people, through the internet. To take part in this project, just go to www.freedomdictionary.org, choose a word and share using social media networks. The chosen word will bear the name of the person who released it, crediting those who choose to participate.
To mark London Fashion Week we ask if you know who makes your clothes? (Amnesty TV show)
The European Court of Human Rights has just sentenced Bulgaria over inhumane treatment of elderly people in social care centers. According to human rights advocates, this makes any current or future placement of such people in those institutions in stark breach of the European Convention of Human Rights... (Press TV's Ivaylo Spasov reports from Sofia)
The latest arrivals to Edinburgh Zoo ponder what they are doing behind bars. Are they political prisoners, on a migrant work programme, or diplomats sent to Scotland to help everybody forget China's appalling human rights record? (Amnesty TV show)
Cell 36 in Al Jalame prison, northern Israel, is one of a handful of cells where Palestinian children are locked in solitary confinement for days or even weeks. Mohammad Shabrawi from Tulkarm, in the West Bank, was arrested last January, aged 16, and Ezz ad-Deen Ali Qadi from Ramallah, who was 17 when arrested, talk about their experiences (Guardian TV)
What a game... a short film by Kristina Grozeva (Bulgaria, 2007)
What happens when a normal dude named Rob (Dileep Rao, Avatar and Inception) heads to a travel agency looking for a relaxing vacation? Will he be eligible for the "Not-so Geneva Package" and heading off to Guantánamo Bay? (Amnesty TV)
Hungary under Prime Minister Viktor Orban has brought in a new constitution in spite of strong criticism from the opposition at home and from other countries, European Union partners included. The centre-right Fidesz party government is moving ahead ignoring protesters who say the new moves are undemocratic (EURONEWS)
“The myths that Bulgarians live in a tolerant country create political comfort, but also - destroy the basics of society.”
That’s what prominent activists said, while being recognized by human rights advocates and journalists for their fight against governmental abuse of power, court malpractices, corporate corruption, mistreatment of ethnic and religious minorities and torture of disabled children in state-care institutions.
Amnesty UK brings the world's attention to the faces and stories of some of the cases for Amnesty International's letter writing campaign this December.
Video spot against discrimination of people with disabilities (Disability Rights Commission, UK)
In many countries being a homosexual is worse than being a common criminal... Amnesty International spot
Join thousands of people around the world, writing to make a difference. On Human Rights Day, December 10th, 2011 join "Write for Rights", Amnesty International's global letter writing marathon and write a letter for human rights. It's a simple action that can save a life!
Jack Greenberg, the famous civil right lawyer and human rights activist, gives an interview to Obektiv, the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee's monthly magazine (interview taken by Marta Metodieva)
Imagine being ignored when your mum needed you the most... Help support Marriage Equality today - visit www.marriagequality.ie
Comedian Joel Dommett tries out some factually accurate, but not very funny, human rights jokes that wont be making it into his set... (Amnesty TV show)
AIDS Discrimination Awareness PSA video spot
Video spot in support of people with disabilities
Raw Documentary Footage (CIA Archives, 1957)
Marlon Brando, James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Charlton Heston, Joseph Minklelwitz, and Sidney Poitier talk about the Civil Rights Movement.
The Black middle-class Myers family moves into all-white Levittown, PA in August, 1957, and are snubbed and mistreated, in this powerful landmark documentary showcasing racism in the United States. This movie is part of the collection and courtesy of the Academic Film Archive of North America from www.archive.org
Anti-domestic violence video spot (Family Justice Center)
Martin Luther King's legendary speech, August 28, 1963, Washington, D.C.
Pepe Danquart's Oscar winning short film about race and prejudice
Аnti-domestic violence PSA commercial