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Lost and Never Found
The leftist feminist writer Alaide Foppa (born 1914) frequently denounced the Guatemalan government for human rights violations....
Scriptieprijs 2015 voor onderzoek naar Koerdisch Martelmuseum
Bareez Majid won de Volkskrant-IISG Scriptieprijs voor geschiedenis 2015 voor haar scriptie over het Koerdische martelmuseum,...
Symposium '1965' Today. Living with the Indonesian Massacres
Dit is een Engelstalige bijeenkomstRegister via NIOD.1965 marked a turning point in Indonesian history.  A failed putsch on 1...
Exhibition: Indonesia 1965
From 1-9  October , the IISH organizes a small exhibition on the Indonesian massacres of 1965-1966. The exhibition shows records...
Lecture by Robin Blackburn
On December 11th, 20.00 hours, Robin Blackburn (Essex University) will hold a keynote lecture “The Invention of Human Rights", at...
Women of Burma Day
Since 1997 Burmese activists and their supporters have celebrated June 19, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's birthday, as Women of Burma Day...
General Videla Seizes Power in Argentina
On March 24, 1976, a military junta under General Jorge Rafael Videla took power in Argentina. He disbanded parliament and...
World Press Freedom Day
In 1980 the British trade union TUC struggled with the Thatcher government. To protest against the economic and employment...
Appeal for Amnesty
In November 1960 the British lawyer Peter Benenson read about two Portuguese students who were imprisoned after they raised their...
Amnesty International
An important part of Amnesty International's work is to inform the news media. People who themselves have a history of political...
Nobel Prize for Rigoberta Menchú
The Nobel Prize for the Guatemalan peasant's daughter Rigoberta Menchú (* 1959) on 10 December 1992 thrilled people world wide....
Oppressed, Not Defeated
'Oppressed, not defeated' is printed in small type on a pamphlet published by the Bolivian Human Rights Committee about the...
President Nixon Condemned
The Dutch J'accuse committee was founded in 1969 in Amsterdam. It derived its name from the famous publication of Zola from 1899...
Day of the Heroes
10 November was known as Hari Pahlawan in Indonesia, the day of the heroes. On this day a victory over the Dutch occupying force...
Indians Reject Environmental Legislation
In Rotterdam the Fourth Russell Tribunal studied the rights of Indians from 24 to 30 November 1980. In addition to dealing with...
Disputed Tourist Destinations
The tourist paradise and the police state may very well go hand and hand. A flourishing tourist sector adds to the economy and...
In Search of Silenced Voices
The collection In Search of Silenced Voices contains interviews with Indonesian exiles recorded by Hersri Setiawan and deposited...
Protest Demonstrations in Asia
IISH Staff member Eef Vermeij, co-ordinator of the Asia department, pictured various protest demonstrations in Thailand, Hongkong...
Jacob Brandsteder and the suppression of the free press
In connection with World Press Freedom Day, the IISH wishes to call attention to Jacob Andries Brandsteder's (1887-1986) forced...
Political Prisoners in Indonesia
“Taporal” is an extensive oral history project about former political prisoners (tapols) in Indonesia. After the 1965 coup in...
Willem van Bennekom
In the first months of 2011 the IISH acquired the papers of the Amsterdam lawyer and judge Willem van Bennekom. Born in Amsterdam...
Strafrechthervormers en hemelbestormers
Het eerste exemplaar van het boek Strafrechthervormers en hemelbestormers. Opkomst en teloorgang van de Coornhert-Liga zal door...
Amnesty International's 50th anniversary
Amnesty International was founded on 28 May 1961. On this day, the British lawyer Peter Benenson published an article called 'The...
Madres de Plaza de Mayo
On March 24, 1976, a military junta under General Jorge Rafael Videla took power in Argentina. It disbanded parliament,...
Marguerite Guzmán Bouvard
Marguerite Guzmán Bouvard, poet and author of the book Revolutionizing Motherhood; the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo (1994) gave...
Founder of Amnesty International died
Peter Benenson (1921-2005), lawyer and founder of human rights' organisation Amnesty International, has passed away.In November...
The Alexander Herzen Foundation against censorship in the Soviet Union
...any citizen of any country should have under any circumstances at any time the possibility of expressing any opinion'. Karel...
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