Amnesty International’s highest honour
The Ambassador of Conscience Award recognizes remarkable individuals and groups who have promoted and enhanced the cause of human rights by acting on their conscience, confronting injustice and using their talents to inspire others. Its remarkable alumni include committed activists, musicians, artists and public figures who have inspired millions of people to join them in defending the human rights of people all over the world.
It was conceived in 2003, inspired by the poem “From the Republic of Conscience”, written for Amnesty International by the late Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney.
“…He therefore desired me when I got home
to consider myself a representative
and to speak on their behalf in my own tongue.
Their embassies, he said, were everywhere
but operated independently
and no ambassador would ever be relieved.”
Our conscience is something we are all gifted with at birth, no matter who we are.Alicia Keys, Ambassador of Conscience 2017
What makes an Ambassador of Conscience?
In addition to their careers as musicians, artists and public figures, Ambassador of Conscience Award winners are proven activists who have used their talents to inspire millions of people to join them in defending the human rights of people all over the world.