Ambassador of Conscience Award

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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.”

Alicia Keys, Ambassador of Conscience 2017
Our conscience is something we are all gifted with at birth, no matter who we are.

Award Highlights

©2013 Joao Pina

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.

2018 Colin Kaepernick 2017 Alicia Keys and The Indigenous rights movement in Canada 2016 Angélique Kidjo and African youth movements 2015 Joan Baez and Ai Weiwei 2013 Malala Yousafzai and Harry Belefonte 2009 Nelson Mandela 2008 Peter Gabriel

Act on your conscience: join our movement today

We live in a time where governments and corporations are vilifying, jailing and even killing people - simply for standing up for what they believe in.

But staying true to your conscience means refusing to give up, coming together to fight for a fairer world for all.

Whether it’s by speaking out for those who risk their lives to defend women’s or LGBTI rights, supporting young people courageously taking action to change the world, or standing with others that need us: we’d love to stay in touch about what we can do together.

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