Art for Amnesty

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Art for Amnesty is a global community of artists of all disciplines and nationalities who share Amnesty International’s vision of a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.

We are home to the world’s storytellers, those willing to shine a light on injustice by using visual or fine art, film, literature, poetry, music, photography or performance to express what it means to be human.

Today, recording artists like Chvrches and John Legend join celebrated symphony orchestras and west African rappers; south American photographers, middle eastern street artists, Hollywood stars and south Asian film-makers, creators everywhere lending their voice to Amnesty International’s campaigns to end abuses of human rights.

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Amnesty International has consistently promoted freedom of speech and expression for artists all over the world.

It has helped garner international attention and win personal freedom for those like legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti and Russian punk band Pussy Riot, whose governments sought to silence them.

Today, as Amnesty’s movement of human rights defenders continues to grow throughout Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, Art for Amnesty responds with a curtain call for artists on the global stage in the digital age.

Art for Amnesty has a growing programme of projects and events, including Amnesty International's top honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, recognising those who have shown exceptional leadership in the fight for human rights, through their life and work.

Ai Weiwei

Freedom of expression is an essential human condition; it should be valued, respected and protected by all of us.

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