Amnesty International staff targeted with malicious spyware

An Amnesty International staff member has been targeted by a sophisticated surveillance campaign, in what the organization suspects was a deliberate attempt to spy on its staff by a government hostile to its work. In early June 2018, an Amnesty International staff member received a suspicious WhatsApp message in Arabic. The text contained details about an alleged protest outside the Saudi embassy in Washington D.C., followed by a link to a website. Investigations by Amnesty International’s technology team revealed that clicking the link would have, according to prior knowledge, installed…

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Glastonbury ‘One Love’ reggae festival will support Amnesty’s human rights work

Amnesty International is supporting this year’s One Love reggae festival near Glastonbury at the end of August. The festival, which has grown into a major three-day reggae event, will see well-known Jamaican acts – including Cutty Ranks, Johnny Clarke, Johnny Osbourne, Mighty Diamonds and Mad Professor – playing alongside significant performers from the UK ska, reggae and dub scenes, including Jerry Dammers, Don Letts, Zion Train and Saxon Sound System.  The event, at a site on Gilcombe Farm adjacent to the picturesque Somerset town of Bruton near Glastonbury, takes place…

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Amnesty Claim Gossip tax on Whatsapp ‘clear attempt to silence dissent’

A tax on social media use in Uganda, which came into effect yesterday, is a clear attempt to undermine the right to freedom of expression and must be scrapped, Amnesty International said today. President Yoweri Museveni announcing the tax in March said it was aimed at platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Viber, to curtail “gossip”, a clear infringement on the right to freedom of expression. Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “It is not the place of the…

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Nominees announced for PinkNews’ Third Sector Equality Award

PinkNews has announced the nominees of the Third Sector Equality Award, sponsored by Amazon, at the PinkNews summer reception in Edinburgh, which is supported by Virgin Money and DLA Piper. The nominees are Amnesty International, National Trust, St Mungo’s and Victim support, all of which have shown significant support for the LGBT+ community. The winner will be announced at PinkNews’ annual awards night in London on 17th October.  Victim Support has been a Stonewall Top 100 Employer since 2010, and this year was named a top trans-inclusive employer, working on…

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Worldwide Wikipedia edit-a-thon writes unsung women heroes into history

Less than 20% of Wikipedia biographies feature women Hundreds of online activists from more than 20 countries will edit and fill the “glaring gap” of women human rights defenders on the global encyclopaedia People across the world took to the internet on the 19 and 20 May to write women human rights defenders into history as part of Amnesty International’s first worldwide Wikipedia edit-a-thon. BRAVE:Edit, in collaboration with Wikimedia (Wikipedia’s non-profit organisation), will see hundreds of activists from more than 20 countries take to the global encyclopaedia to upload biographies…

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