We may not know when a crisis will occur, but when it does, Amnesty International’s crisis team is ready. Whether it’s the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria, the jailing of peaceful activists in Malaysia, or imminent executions in the Asia Pacific, Amnesty is ready to help individuals at serious risk of human rights abuses. We gather the evidence as situations escalate and ensure our supporters and the wider community are informed and ready to act.The issue in depth
Crisis Response in depth
Everything you need to know
The Syrian crisis
Imagine living every day of your life in absolute fear, not knowing whether you or your family will live to see another sunrise. That’s the reality of life for millions of ordinary people living in Syria.
As Syria’s civil war rages into its sixth year, Amnesty International works tirelessly to help those struggling to survive and those forced to flee their home.
While the enormity of the Syrian conflict can often feel overwhelming, our crisis team – with your support – can make a lasting difference. Our researchers are on the ground in Syria, exposing the horror of everyday life and giving a voice to those affected, and our campaigners and supporters are calling on governments to protect civilians caught in the conflict.
Fighting between the Syrian Government and rebels has so far killed over 300,000 people and created more than 4.6 million refugees. We will continue to call on the Australian Government and its allies to ensure that civilians are not targeted during the conflict and that those fleeing the horrors are resettled as quickly as possible. Find out more about our Safety for Syrians campaign.
“Syria can feel overwhelming because of the enormity of the conflict. However, when Amnesty International’s researchers tell us another human rights activist in the country has been disappeared, when a doctor calls to tell us another hospital has been targeted in an airstrike, my team does not have the option to be overwhelmed.”
The Malaysian Sedition Act
In Malaysia, authorities are targeting journalists, bloggers, lawyers and anyone that exercises their freedom of expression, under archaic laws aimed at silencing dissent.
The Prime Minister of Malaysia said he was committed to repealing the law in 2012, but has not fulfilled his promise. Since 2015 at least 91 people have faced intimidation, harassment and detention in Malaysia under the government’s Sedition Act.
Among these is student activist Khalid Ismath, charged for comments made on Facebook about an abuse of power that allegedly offended the Royal family. Lawyer N. Surendran was imprisoned after he criticised a court ruling in connection with his client, Anwar Ibrahim. It is the first incident of a lawyer being prosecuted under the Sedition Act when carrying out his duties in providing legal representation to his client.
Not only are the charges a blatant attack on freedom of expression, they instill fear in those willing to speak up. Together we are mobilising supporters and the public to call on the Malaysian government to drop the charges against Khalid, Surendran and others affected – and repeal these oppressive laws for good.
What we’re asking
We want a world where human rights are no longer under fire. Governments and people in power everywhere must respect everyone’s basic freedoms, and allow their citizens to live safely, without fear. When human rights are attacked, Amnesty will call on the human rights abusers to be tried and brought to justice.Read More
The Syrian conflict is one of the most heartbreaking human crises of our time. Amnesty wants to ensure a safe home for all of those caught in its clutches. We are calling on Australia to increase its diplomatic efforts to protect innocent civilians, to ensure allies and armed forces comply with international laws, and ensure that human rights abusers are held to account.
We’re collectively calling on the President of the Philippines to end his ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy and order an independent and impartial investigation into all killings to date with the intention of bringing all those found to be guilty of extrajudicial killings to account and to end impunity.
Together we’re mobilising people around the world to call on the Malaysian government to drop the charges against Khalid, Surendran and others affected – and repeal the country’s oppressive laws for good.Close