Write for Rights Cases
Celebrate International Human Rights Day on December 10 by taking
part in Amnesty International's Write for Rights Global Write-a-thon. By
taking action on one or more of the cases outlined below, you will join
hundreds of thousands of others around the world in demanding that the
rights of these individuals are respected, protected and fulfilled.
Stand in solidarity with those suffering human rights abuses, and help
us change lives.
Azza Hilal Ahmad Suleiman
Two years after she was brutally beaten by Egyptian soldiers, Azza Hilal Ahmad Suleiman is still seeking justice.
On December 17, 2011, Azza Hilal Ahmad Suleiman was protesting with a
friend near Tahrir Square. As they were leaving, Azza and her friend saw
a group of soldiers beating a young woman. The soldiers had torn off
the woman's clothes, exposing her. When Azza and her friend tried to
carry the badly beaten women away, the soldiers knocked Azza to the
ground and shot her friend in the knee. They beat Azza until she lost
consciousness, then kept beating her. Activists captured Azza's attack
on video and posted it online, sparking outrage.
When Azza regained consciousness in the hospital, her skull was
fractured. Her bed sheets needed to be changed repeatedly because they
were soaked with blood. Azza remembers screaming with pain.
Azza's brother lodged a complaint against the army at a police station
directly after the attack and she gave her testimony to the Public
Prosecution two months later. The authorities have not held any member
of the armed forces accountable and they have not given Azza any
compensation, restitution or rehabilitation to aid in her recovery. In
April 2013, the Cairo Appeals Court told Azza that investigations are
Nabi Saleh Village
The 550 people living in Nabi Saleh village face harassment and frequent violent repression from the Israeli army.
Since 2009, villagers have held weekly peaceful protests against
Israel's military occupation and the illegal Israeli settlement of
Halamish, which has taken over most of their farmland. Despite court
orders, the settlers have also turned the village water spring into a
tourist attraction, which Nabi Saleh residents are now prevented from
The Israeli army responds to the villagers' peaceful protests with
excessive or unnecessary force. So far they have killed two people and
injured hundreds, including women and children.
The Israeli army also intimidates and harasses the villagers. Their
tactics include declaring the entire village a closed military zone,
carrying out night raids, arresting children, and arbitrarily using
weapons such as tear gas, which is fired at homes.
The utter lack of accountability for Israeli army actions in Nabi Saleh
and elsewhere in the West Bank is allowing soldiers to commit violations
of international human rights and humanitarian law with impunity.
The above cases are from the Amnesty International Website attached below.