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

17 May 2011

Slava Aidov, USSR

A postcard sent in 1971 by a couple in England to Russian political prisoner Slava Aidov started a 15-year correspondence that has grown into a book and theatre play.

17 May 2011

Fela Kuti, Nigeria

World famous musician Fela Kuti was jailed for using his politically charged lyrics to criticize Nigeria’s military government in the 1970s and 1980s.

17 May 2011

Ratan Gazmere, Bhutan

Ratan Gazmere was arrested, tortured and imprisoned in 1989 in Bhutan.

17 May 2011

Luis Felipe Degregori, Peru

Luis Felipe Degregori, aged 56, is a filmmaker who makes documentaries about some of Peru’s most marginalized people. He tells us what activism means to him.

17 May 2011

Helen Ulli Corbett, Australia

Helen Ulli Corbett joined forces with Amnesty International in 1987 to expose the scandalous number of Indigenous people dying in police custody in Australia.

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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