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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

20 July 2011

Victims speaking out can force society to change

Kirity Roy has dedicated his life to defending human rights. His activism came full circle when Amnesty International recently spoke out against his arrest.

13 July 2011

A landmark victory for Native American rape survivors

For Native American women, working with Amnesty International became the catalyst for a new law to protect rape survivors.

6 July 2011

Jack Mapanje, Malawi

Poet Jack Mapanje was jailed in 1987 for writing politically subversive verse. His release four years later was thanks in part to the persistence of our members. 

29 June 2011

Wolfgang Welsch, East Germany

Wolfgang Welsch was jailed in 1964 for trying to escape East Germany illegally. He used cigarette papers to write secret messages to Amnesty International that eventually won him his freedom.

17 May 2011

Hafez Ibrahim, Yemen

Hafez Ibrahim was about to be executed in Yemen when he sent a mobile text message to an Amnesty International researcher in the UK. It was a message that would save his life. 

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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