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

A YEAR OF ACTION AND CELEBRATION

 

After 50 years of working together, the human rights movement is growing in number, in ambition and in resilience.

In our anniversary year, our supporters, members and activists celebrated the achievements of the past half-century. And we looked to the future. From the seasoned human rights defender to the newest activist, we all have our eye on one goal: ending grave human rights abuses everywhere. 

We are making a difference. And we refuse to stop, give up, or compromise. As long as the courage of individuals shines in the darkest places, as long as people stand and act together, no government is beyond scrutiny and no situation is beyond hope.

Amnesty's history reminds us that the battle for free speech must be fought and won anew in every successive generation. After 50 years of service its power and its relevance are undimmed.

- The Observer newspaper, London, May 2011.

Campaigns

Abolish the death penalty

Only nine countries had abolished the death penalty for all crimes in 1961, when Amnesty International was created. Today, it has been abolished in 97 countries - the momentum is unstoppable.

Corporate accountability

The Nigerian government has failed to hold the oil industry to account for widespread pollution in the Niger Delta. Poll...

Defending women's and girls' rights in Nicaragua

In Nicaragua, all abortion, even for survivors of rape, is banned. On 28 September 2011, women and g...

Women demanding an equal voice in the new Egypt

During the Egyptian uprising, women stepped into the political limelight and demanded change. They a...

Freedom of expression

The right to freedom of expression is a cornerstone for any fair society. It is how we contribute to...

International justice

Wherever the most serious international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity or war crim...

Stories to inspire

Putting justice for the world’s poorest people within reach

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

Women of Zimbabwe Arise

The activists from Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) are often arrested and detain...

Myroslav Marynovich, Ukraine

A former prisoner of conscience found his own way of saying “thanks” to the ...

You won’t mine us out of existence

Local people in one of India’s poorest states campaigned alongside Amnesty Int...

Protecting lives by letter and fax

Ordinary people can change – and sometimes even save – lives, simply by send...

Radhia Nasraoui, Tunisia

 A warm “thank you” to Amnesty International members from Tunisian huma...

Toast to freedom

Fifty years ago, one man’s outrage at the imprisonment of two students for raising a toast to freedom spawned a powerful network of solidarity. That network grew to unite millions in common action against injustice ...
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Fifty years of Amnesty International

Journey through Amnesty International’s history and explore 50 years of human rights achievements and challenges ...
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Art for Amnesty

Amnesty International has a proud history of working with musicians, actors, comedians and others in the artistic community ...
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Amnesty International on social networks