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

Freedom of expression

End repression – protect freedom of expression

Thanks to you, our 50th anniversary freedom of expression campaign has had great results!

Thousands of you have taken part in faxjam actions for women’s rights activist, Norma Cruz in Guatemala, the San José de Apartadó Peace Community in Colombia and Teacher Johan Terissa in Indonesia.

And more than a million actions have been taken as part of our global Shine a Light event on 10 December.
 
These actions are having a real and positive impact for people subjected to or at risk of imprisonment, intimidation and violence solely for peacefully expressing their beliefs or defending the rights of others.
 
The denial of the right to freedom of expression goes hand in hand with violations of other rights, such as freedom of association and assembly, taking part in public affairs and the right to an education.

 

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Amnesty International campaigns to end the intimidation, violence and imprisonment used against those who defend the rights of others or who criticize the powerful.

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