Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights

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The people, the faces, the stories – 50 years of defending rights

Every day courageous and determined people stand up for human rights and show that it really is possible to change the world. In the fifty years since Amnesty International began they have achieved extraordinary things.

From artists like Fela Kuti defending freedom of expression to Hafez Ibrahim, whose text message to Amnesty International from a prison cell in Yemen saved – and changed – his life. These men and women tell us how their actions have made a difference.

Read on, be inspired and get involved…

All Stories to Inspire

11 November 2011

Putting justice for the world’s poorest people within reach

Activists helped secure a new way of getting justice for people living in poverty.

11 November 2011

Women of Zimbabwe Arise

11 November 2011

Myroslav Marynovich, Ukraine

A former prisoner of conscience found his own way of saying “thanks” to the people who campaigned for his freedom.

10 August 2011

You won’t mine us out of existence

Local people in one of India’s poorest states campaigned alongside Amnesty International to stop a controversial mining project in its tracks.

10 August 2011

Protecting lives by letter and fax

Ordinary people can change – and sometimes even save – lives, simply by sending a letter.

For over 50 years we have been fighting for freedom of expression. The world has changed, but violence and imprisonment are still used to silence people who defend human rights and criticize the powerful. By calling on millions of activists and supporters worldwide, we can jam the fax machines of governments and send them a message they can’t ignore. Speak out against repression – deliver a message directly into the hands of those in power.
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