50 Ways You Changed Lives in 2015

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In 2015, millions of Amnesty supporters like you pushed decision-makers to make change happen worldwide.

You helped to release journalists and activists. Change discriminatory laws. Compensate victims of corporate crime. Pardon survivors of torture. And so much more. As governments continued to crack down on dissent and free speech, your pressure was critical to protect people’s human rights.

The list below is just a snapshot of some of the many success stories and bits of good news that you made happen in 2015. Thank you for all your support – together, we are standing up for people risking everything to speak out.

Campaigning against Shell. © Ralf Rebmann / Amnesty International

Campaigning against Shell. © Ralf Rebmann / Amnesty International

1. NIGERIA: SHELL PAID OUT OVER NIGER DELTA OIL SPILLS

In January, after years of pressure from Amnesty and its supporters, Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary announced a £55m settlement to 15,600 farmers and fishermen in Bodo, Nigeria, whose lives were devastated by two large Shell oil spills in 2008 and 2009.

Dr Tun Aung. © Private

Dr Tun Aung. © Private

2. MYANMAR: ACTIVIST DR TUN AUNG RELEASED

After more than two years of pressure and letter-writing from Amnesty supporters, Myanmar community leader Dr Tun Aung was released in January. He was jailed for 17 years after trying to calm a crowd during riots in 2012. Myanmar’s National Human Rights Commission said your letters prompted them to look into his case.

Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez (right). © REUTERS/Jose Cabezas

Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez (right). © REUTERS/Jose Cabezas

3. EL SALVADOR: GUADALUPE, JAILED FOR A MISCARRIAGE, WAS FREED

Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez was finally pardoned and walked free from prison in February. She was jailed for 30 years in 2007 on trumped-up murder charges after suffering a miscarriage when she was 18. She was suspected of having an abortion, which is banned in all cases in El Salvador.

Indonesian domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, allegedly abused by Hong Kong employer over eight months, was interviewed by Amnesty in Hong Kong. She flew to Hong Kong in Dec 2014 to testify against her former employer. Court verdict will be given on Feb 10.

Indonesian domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih

4. HONG KONG: EMPLOYER FOUND GUILTY OF ABUSE

In February, a Hong Kong employer was found guilty for the extreme abuse she inflicted on two migrant domestic workers, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih and Tutik Lestari Ningsih. It should act as a wake-up call for the authorities to stop the widespread exploitation of tens of thousands of women.

Campaigning against torture in Mexico. © Reuben Steains

Campaigning against torture in Mexico. © Reuben Steains

5. MEXICO: CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST TORTURE SURVIVOR

The last charges were dropped against Claudia Medina, a Mexican woman who was tortured and forced to make a false confession in 2012. Amnesty supporters worldwide had taken action for her as part of the Stop Torture campaign.

A protester holds a sign up during an anti-death penalty protest on June 18,2001 in Santa Ana, CA. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

A protester holds a sign up during an anti-death penalty protest on June 18,2001 in Santa Ana, CA. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

6. THREE COUNTRIES ABOLISHED THE DEATH PENALTY IN THREE MONTHS

In January Madagascar abolished the death penalty for all crimes. Fiji followed suit in February. And in March, the South American State of Suriname also removed the death penalty from its legal books.

Campaigning against torture in Togo. © Amnesty International

Campaigning against torture in Togo. © Amnesty International

7. TOGO: TORTURE BECAME A CRIME

In March, torture became a crime in Togo. The fantastic announcement came 26 years after the West African country first signed up to the UN Convention against Torture.

Amnesty Mexico action against torture outside the Attorney General office in Mexico City on International Day for Victims of Torture, 26 June 2015.

Amnesty Mexico action against torture outside the Attorney General office in Mexico City on International Day for Victims of Torture, 26 June 2015.

8. MEXICO: TORTURE SURVIVOR RELEASED

Mexico finally freed Alfonso Martín del Campo Dodd, who spent 23 years in prison because of a confession extracted under torture. Amnesty has highlighted many cases where judges continue to accept testimonies obtained through torture.

Joan Baez. © Amnesty International / Henning Schacht

Joan Baez. © Amnesty International / Henning Schacht

9. JOAN BAEZ AND AI WEIWEI BECAME AMNESTY AMBASSADORS OF CONSCIENCE

Legendary folk singer Joan Baez and world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei – both committed activists – were the joint recipients of Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2015in March. The award recognizes those who have shown exceptional leadership in the fight for human rights.


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10. INDIA: ACTIVISTS JAILED FOR POSSESSING ‘MAOIST’ LITERATURE RELEASED

Human rights activists Jaison C Cooper and Thushar Nirmal Sarathy, who were arrested for possessing ‘pro-Maoist’ materials in their homes, were released on bail in March. Thousands in India supported an Amnesty International campaign seeking their release.

Amnesty International activists in Vienna protest human rights abuses in Azerbaijan as it prepares to chair the Council of Europe. The handover of the Chairmanship coincides with the release of Amnesty International’s new report on Azerbaijan, Behind Bars: Silencing dissent in Azerbaijan, which records an increased clampdown on freedom of expression, assembly, and association following the 9 October 2013 elections. The report documents how harassment, beatings, and unfair trials, detention and imprisonment are routinely used in Azerbaijan to control and curb the voices of opposition parties, independent media outlets, and any other individuals critical of the government.

Amnesty International activists in Vienna protest human rights abuses in Azerbaijan as it prepares to chair the Council of Europe.

11. AZERBAIJAN: TWO PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE RELEASED

Bashir Suleymanli and Orkhan Eyyubzade, both outspoken critics of Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, were released in March as part of a presidential pardon. Amnesty had been campaigning for their release along with 20 other prisoners of conscience.

Jerryme Corre. © Amnesty International

Jerryme Corre. © Amnesty International

12. THE PHILIPPINES: WE MADE SURE JERRYME’S TORTURE WILL BE INVESTIGATED

The Philippines police announced that letters sent by a “human rights organisation” prompted them to investigate the shocking torture of Jerryme Corre, who was electrocuted, punched and threatened with death. Thousands of Amnesty supporters took action for Jerryme during Write for Rights 2014.


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13. INDIA: VICTORY FOR FREE SPEECH

In March, India’s Supreme Court struck down a law on freedom of expression online which had been used to prosecute several people, including activists and critics of the government. The ruling was a crucial victory for freedom of expression in India.

John Jeanette Solstad Remo (right). © Amnesty International/Ina Strøm

John Jeanette Solstad Remo (right). © Amnesty International/Ina Strøm

14. NORWAY: HISTORIC BREAKTHROUGH ON TRANSGENDER RIGHTS

In April, the Norwegian government said it will change the law for people who want to change their legal gender. It followed our campaigning for John Jeanette Solstad Remø, a transgender woman who was unable to change her legal gender without compulsory medical treatment.

#FreeTheFive. © Amnesty International

#FreeTheFive. © Amnesty International

15. CHINA: WE SPOKE OUT TO #FREETHEFIVE

The Chinese authorities released five women’s rights activists on bail on 13 April, following a worldwide campaign for their freedom. Wei Tingting, Wang Man, Wu Rongrong, Li Tingting and Zheng Churan were arrested for planning to mark International Women’s Day by launching a campaign against sexual harassment.

Housing rights march, Cambodia. © Amnesty International

Housing rights march, Cambodia. © Amnesty International

16. CAMBODIA: TEN WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS RELEASED

Ten housing rights campaigners in Cambodia were released and given a royal pardon in April. Nine of the women were from Boeung Kak Lake community, where 3,500 households have been evicted since August 2008.

Li Yan. © Amnesty International

Li Yan. © Amnesty International

17. CHINA: DEATH SENTENCE OF LI YAN COMMUTED TO A PRISON TERM

In April, the Chinese authorities commuted the death sentence of Li Yan, who had killed her violent husband after she had endured months of domestic abuse. The death sentence is expected to be reduced to a prison term after two years of good behaviour.

President Obama, USA. © 2014 Getty Images

President Obama, USA. © 2014 Getty Images

18. USA: TURNING THE TIDE AGAINST MASS SURVEILLANCE

The US government’s mass surveillance of communications received a major setback on 7 May, when an appeal court ruled that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk collection of phone records is illegal. More than 100,000 people signed our #UnfollowMe campaign petition telling governments to ban mass surveillance.

Protestors in Ottawa in 2008 demand Omar Khadr’s repatriation from Guantánamo Bay to Canada. Khadr’s transfer on September 29, 2012, to a maximum-security prison near Kingston, Ontario, was the beginning of a new chapter in the long struggle to ensure that the human rights issues surrounding this case are properly investigated.

Protestors in Ottawa in 2008 demand Omar Khadr’s repatriation from Guantánamo Bay to Canada.

19. USA: OMAR KHADR RELEASED

In May, Omar Khadr was released after spending 12 years in prison, mostly in the notorious Guantanamo Bay facility. Omar was just 15 when US forces captured him in Afghanistan in 2002. Amnesty activists worldwide had campaigned for his release.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

20. UAE: THREE SISTERS RELEASED FROM SECRET DETENTION

After a global social media outcry, three sisters, Asma, Mariam and Alyazia al-Suwaidi, were released from secret detention on 15 May. Having tweeted about their brother’s unfair trial, the sisters were questioned by United Arab Emirates police in February and disappeared for three months.

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© EPA/AIDAN CRAWLEY/Corbis

21. IRELAND: IRELAND SAID YES! TO FULL MARRIAGE EQUALITY

In May, Ireland became the first country in the world to introduce full civil marriage equality by a popular vote. “This decision] sends a message to LGBTI people everywhere that they, their relationships and their families matter,” said Amnesty Ireland’s Executive Director, Colm O’Gorman.

Moses Akatugba. © HURSDEF

Moses Akatugba. © HURSDEF

22. NIGERIA: TORTURE SURVIVOR PARDONED

On 28 May, Moses Akatugba, a Nigerian death-row inmate, was pardoned after nearly 10 years in jail. He had been tortured to confess to a crime he says he never committed. Over 800,000 activists had sent letters demanding justice.

Activists march with Chicago torture survivors at Amnesty International USA's 2014 human rights conference in Chicago, Illinois

Activists march with Chicago torture survivors at Amnesty International USA’s 2014 human rights conference in Chicago, Illinois

23. USA: CHICAGO AGREES TO COMPENSATE TORTURE SURVIVORS

Chicago City Council finally agreed to pay compensation to people who suffered racially-motivated torture at the hands of former Chicago Police commander Jon Burge and detectives under his command. It followed sustained campaigning from Amnesty supporters and our partners.


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Campaigning for Roma rights. © Amnesty International

Campaigning for Roma rights. © Amnesty International

24. ITALY: ITALY’S ROMA WON A LANDMARK VICTORY

An Italian court ruled in May that moving Romani families to an ethnically segregated camp outside Rome was illegal. The landmark verdict followed years of Amnesty campaigning alongside others to stop Italy’s Romani people being forcibly evicted, segregated and discriminated against.

Same-sex marriage supporter Stuart Gaffney hugs a friend while celebrating the U.S Supreme Court ruling regarding same-sex marriage. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Same-sex marriage supporter Stuart Gaffney hugs a friend while celebrating the U.S Supreme Court ruling regarding same-sex marriage. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

25. USA: MARRIAGE EQUALITY IS A RIGHT

In June, the US Supreme Court delivered a historic ruling affirming same-sex couples’ legal right to marry. “This is a joyous day not just for loving and committed same-sex couples, but for everyone who believes in human rights and equality for all,” said Steven W. Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International USA.

Fikile, Makhubu, wife of Prisoner of Conscience, Bheki Makhubu reads solidarity messages received from Amnesty International members and supporters.

Fikile, Makhubu, wife of Prisoner of Conscience, Bheki Makhubu reads solidarity messages received from Amnesty International members and supporters.

26. SWAZILAND: TWO PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE RELEASED

Magazine editor Bhekithemba Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko were releasedin June after spending more than 15 months in prison in Swaziland. They had been convicted for publishing articles which raised concerns about judges’ independence.

Djeralar Miankeol. © CH.KRACKHARDT

Djeralar Miankeol. © CH.KRACKHARDT

27. CHAD: ACTIVIST RELEASED

In July, land rights activist Djeralar Miankeol was released from prison in Chad after all charges against him were dropped. A court of appeal overturned an earlier verdict that had found him guilty of insulting the judiciary, after he had questioned the competence of judicial officials in a radio interview.

Myanmar. © AFP/Getty Images

Myanmar. © AFP/Getty Images

28. MYANMAR: PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE RELEASED

At least 11 prisoners of conscience – including journalists, peaceful protesters and community leaders from the repressed Muslim Rohingya minority – were released in a mass prisoner amnesty in Myanmar. Amnesty called for authorities to clear the country’s jails of the scores of peaceful activists who still remain behind bars.

Mazen Darwish. © Private

Mazen Darwish. © Private

29. SYRIA: HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER MAZEN DARWISH FREED

Mazen Darwish, a human rights activist jailed on trumped-up terrorism charges in Syria, was released in August after three-and-a-half years in prison. He is director of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression, which works to document human rights violations in Syria.

Reverend Yat Michael and Reverend Peter Yen, in court in Khartoum. The two pastors are members of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church, and both were arrested while visiting Sudan’s capital, Khartoum. Michael was taken into custody on Sunday 21 December 2014 after preaching that morning at a church in Khartoum.  After the service several men who identified themselves as Sudanese government security officers demanded that Michael went with them and took him away without giving further explanation.  Pastor Peter Yen was arrested on 11 January 2015 after he delivered a letter to the Religious Affairs Office in Khartoum asking about his colleague Michael’s arrest in December.

Reverend Yat Michael and Reverend Peter Yen, in court in Khartoum.

30. SUDAN: TWO PASTORS RELEASED

Two South Sudanese pastors, Reverend Yat Michael and Reverend Peter Yen, were released on 5 August after being sentenced to time already served in Khartoum, Sudan. It is believed that the two pastors were arrested and charged due to their religious convictions.

Chutima Sidasathian and Alan Morison. © AFP/Getty Images

Chutima Sidasathian and Alan Morison. © AFP/Getty Images

31. THAILAND: JOURNALISTS ACQUITTED

Two journalists in Thailand who had been on trial for reproducing parts of an article on human trafficking were acquitted in September. Editor Alan Morison and reporter Chutima Sidasathian were found not guilty of criminal defamation and for violating a provision of the Computer Crime Act.

Mohamed Fahmy (left) and Baher Mohamed (right) © AFP/Getty Images

Mohamed Fahmy (left) and Baher Mohamed (right) © AFP/Getty Images

32. EGYPT: AL JAZEERA STAFF FREED

Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were released in September as part of a presidential decree which granted pardons to 100 people in Egypt. They had been convicted of ‘spreading false news’ along with their colleague, Peter Greste, after being arrested in 2013.

#RefugeesWelcome. © Amnesty International

#RefugeesWelcome. © Amnesty International

33. EUROPE: WE ALL DECLARED “REFUGEES WELCOME”

From Greece to Germany, volunteers joined forces to help newly-arrived refugees and migrants get food, clothes and medical attention – plugging glaring gaps in the EU’s broken asylum system while Europe’s leaders continued to grapple for solutions.


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Images of some of the residents of informal settlements in Mombasa, Kenya, marching with eviction torches lit to symbolically shine a light and expose forced evictions in Kenya.

Images of some of the residents of informal settlements in Mombasa, Kenya, marching with eviction torches lit to symbolically shine a light and expose forced evictions in Kenya.

34. KENYA: EVICTED COMMUNITIES PROMISED COMPENSATION

There was good news in October for two communities under threat from a road expansion in Mombasa County, Kenya. The highways authority involved admitted it was wrong to force more than 100 people from their homes, and promised to provide compensation and improve its plan for resettling those affected.

Solidarity messages from W4R 2014 are delivered to inhabitants of Mkhondo, Mpumalanga, South Africa. This card shows a drawing of a pregnant woman and the message - we will fight for you.

Solidarity messages from W4R 2014 are delivered to inhabitants of Mkhondo, Mpumalanga, South Africa. This card shows a drawing of a pregnant woman and the message – we will fight for you.

35. SOUTH AFRICA: BETTER HEALTH CARE FOR WOMEN IN MKHONDO

Women and girls in Mkhondo, South Africa, now have better access to pregnancy healthcare.One clinic increased its antenatal service from two to seven days a week, dramatically reducing waiting times. Government officials have also visited the town to assess and monitor the situation.

Ta Phong Tan. © Dan Lam Bao

Ta Phong Tan. © Dan Lam Bao

36. VIETNAM: BLOGGER TA PHONG TAN RELEASED

Vietnamese blogger and free speech campaigner Ta Phong Tan was released in September after serving four years of a 10-year prison sentence. She had been convicted for “conducting propaganda” against the state.

Danilo Maldonado Machado. © Private

Danilo Maldonado Machado. © Private

37. CUBA: GRAFFITI ARTIST RELEASED

Cuban graffiti artist and prisoner of conscience Danilo Maldonado Machado was released from jail in Havana in October. He had been in prison for nearly a year after he painted “Raúl” and “Fidel” on the backs of two pigs. We hope his release will herald a new approach to freedom of expression and dissent in the country.

Vigil for victims of enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka, on Place des Nations in front of the UN building in Geneva, Switzerland, 12 March 2015.  Sandya Eknaligoda, wife of journalist Prageeth Enaligoda, who disappeared in Sri Lanka in January 2010. Sithy Yameena, mother of Mohamed Hakeem, who disappeared in March 2009 in Sri Lanka.

Vigil for victims of enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka, on Place des Nations in front of the UN building in Geneva, Switzerland.

38. SRI LANKA: TURNING POINT FOR VICTIMS OF WAR

A crucial resolution adopted at the UN Human Rights Council offered victims of Sri Lanka’s armed conflict the prospect of finally getting truth and justice. The resolution recognizes terrible crimes committed by both parties.

Azza Soliman (right). © Rene Clement

Azza Soliman (right). © Rene Clement

39. EGYPT: 17 WITNESSES ACQUITTED

An appeal court upheld the acquittal of women’s human rights defender Azza Soliman and 16 others who witnessed the killing of activist and poet Shaimaa al-Sabbagh. Spurious charges had been brought against them after they testified as witnesses against the security forces. Azza Soliman thanked Amnesty for our support and solidarity.

Young Sudanese relax outside of their school before class starts.

Young Sudanese relax outside of their school before class starts.

40. SUDAN: TEENAGER HAS CONVICTION OVERTURNED

The Court of Appeal in Sudan overturned the conviction of Ferdous Al Toum, a teenager who had been found guilty of “indecent or immoral dress” and sentenced to 20 lashes and a fine of 500 Sudanese pounds. We believe the result is due in part to your activism and international pressure.

Shaker Aamer. © US DoD

Shaker Aamer. © US DoD

41. USA: SHAKER AAMER RELEASED FROM GUANTÁNAMO

Shaker Aamer was released after being detained in Guantánamo Bay without charge or trial for 13 years. He was one of the first detainees to be sent to the notorious camp in 2002, and the last UK resident to be detained there. Amnesty supporters campaigned for his release for more than 10 years.

Chen Zhenping (left). © Amnesty International

Chen Zhenping (left). © Amnesty International

42. CHINA: PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE REUNITED WITH FAMILY

In October, former prisoner of conscience Chen Zhenping was reunited with her family in Finland. She was released from prison in China in March, but had been harassed and kept under tight surveillance until her arrival at Helsinki airport. She was jailed for eight years in August 2008 for practising Falun Gong, a spiritual movement banned in China.

Fawzia Nawabi, investigator at the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, Mazar-e-Sharif, gathers information in a local women's prison.

Fawzia Nawabi, investigator at the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, Mazar-e-Sharif, gathers information in a local women’s prison.

43. AFGHANISTAN: ACTIVISTS RESCUED FROM THE TALIBAN

In October, we worked with local partners to evacuate 40 people, including human rights activists and their family members, when the Taliban captured Kunduz province and made incursions in two other provinces. In the last year, Amnesty has recorded an alarming number of attacks against women and men who champion the rights of women and girls.

Hossam Bahgat. © Mada Masr

Hossam Bahgat. © Mada Masr

44. EGYPT: HUMAN RIGHTS JOURNALIST FREED

Activist and journalist Hossam Bahgat was released days after Amnesty International and the international community had condemned his arrest. His detention was another sign of Egypt’s continued attacks against independent journalism and civil society.

Filep Karma with petitions signed by Amnesty International activists calling for his release. He is smiling. Filep Karma is serving 15 years in prison for raising a flag. A prominent advocate for the rights of Indonesia's Papuan population, Filep Karma was arrested for taking part in a peaceful ceremony on December 1, 2004, which included the raising of the Morning Star flag, a Papuan symbol. Amnesty International considers Filep Karma to be a prisoner of conscience who has been imprisoned solely for the peaceful and legitimate exercise of his right to freedom of expression.

Filep Karma with petitions signed by Amnesty International activists calling for his release.

45. INDONESIA: ACTIVIST FILEP KARMA FINALLY FREED

Activist Filep Karma was finally freed from prison in Indonesia in November. He had been jailed for more than a decade after raising a Papuan independence flag at a political ceremony in 2004. Amnesty supporters have long campaigned for Filep’s release, including 65,000 messages of support written during Write for Rights 2011.

S Sivadas / Kovan. © Private.

S Sivadas / Kovan. © Private.

46. INDIA: SINGER ARRESTED FOR SATIRICAL SONGS RELEASED

Dalit folk singer and activist S Sivadas, or Kovan, who was arrested over two satirical songs which criticized the Tamil Nadu state government and the chief minister, was released on bail. Over 13,000 people in India supported an Amnesty campaign seeking his release.

Adrian Vazquez. © Amnesty International / Guillermo Arias

Adrian Vazquez. © Amnesty International / Guillermo Arias

47. MEXICO: TWO TORTURE VICTIMS RELEASED

Two torture victims in northern Mexico were released within hours of each other in December. Bus driver and father of four Adrián Vásquez (pictured, left) was freed more than three years after he was tortured by state police and accused of being a high-level drug trafficker. Just hours later, Cristel Piña, a 25-year-old mother of two, was released more than two years after being brutally beaten and tortured with sexual violence until she agreed to confess to extortion.

Campaigning against death penalty in Mongolia .© Amnesty International Mongolia

Campaigning against death penalty in Mongolia .© Amnesty International Mongolia

48. MONGOLIA ABOLISHES THE DEATH PENALTY

In December, Mongolia’s parliament became the latest to consign the death penalty to the history books, in a major victory for human rights in the country. It followed years of pressure from Amnesty and its supporters.

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Leyla and her husband Arif

49. AZERBAIJAN: HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER RELEASED

Leyla Yunus, one of Azerbaijan’s most prominent human rights defenders, was released in December. She had been convicted in August for “fraud” and other purported crimes related to her NGO work.

Student protesters try to speak to their family members from a prison vehicle as they are transported to a court in Letpadan on March 11, 2015. Anxious families of scores of arrested Myanmar activists on March 11 sought news of relatives detained by police in a violent student protest crackdown, which sparked international condemnation and fears of a return to junta-era repression. AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THU        (Photo credit should read Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)

Student protesters try to speak to their family members from a prison vehicle as they are transported to a court in Letpadan on March 11, 2015. Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)

50. MYANMAR: ACTIVIST RELEASED

Activist Thein Aung Myint was released from prison in Myanmar after receiving reductions to his sentence. He had been serving a year-long sentence for taking part in two peaceful protests in Mandalay.


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  1. It makes me proud to have been a small part of so much in 2015. Let us all together do more in 2016.

  2. I have been a member of AI for 30 years and will continue to be a member. We peacefully and successfully work for human rights.