Amnesty International

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Amnesty International

Non-governmental organisation focused on human rights. add

Category: Civil society

Founded in 1894.

Countries: United Kingdom (18%), United States (16%), (8%)

Main connections: Human Rights Watch, Libyan civil war, Bradley Manning

Linked to: The Observer, The Independent, Conservative Party, Labour Party




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Martin Flannery - Politically, he was a Communist until the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was crushed by the Soviet Union; subsequently, he became a strong critic of Stalinism, and a strong advocate of human rights, with close links to Amnesty International


An example of Amnesty International's work, which began in the 1960s, is writing letters to free imprisoned people that were put there for non-violent expressions add something


In 1960, Portugal was ruled by the Estado Novo government of António de Oliveira Salazar add something


Frances Crowe - Women Against the War - Valley Peace Center - In the 1960s, she founded the Northampton, Massachusetts chapter of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, the Sane Nuclear Policy Committee, and the Valley Peace Center , and has participated in the activities of Women Against the War and Amnesty International


Buchanan found many news stories reporting on the repressive Portuguese political arrests in "The Times" for November 1960 add something


According to his own account, he was travelling in the London Underground on 19 November 1960, when he read of two Portuguese students from Coimbra who had been sentenced to seven years of imprisonment in Portugal for allegedly "having drunk a toast to liberty" add something


Between the 'Appeal for Amnesty, 1961' and September 1962 the organisation had been known simply as 'Amnesty' add something


In the same year Benenson had a book published, "Persecution 1961", which detailed the cases of nine prisoners of conscience investigated and compiled by Benenson and Baker add something


It marked the launch of "Appeal for Amnesty, 1961", the aim of which was to mobilise public opinion, quickly and widely, in defence of these individuals, whom Benenson named "Prisoners of Conscience" add something


In consultation with other writers, academics and lawyers and, in particular, Alec Digges, they wrote via Louis Blom-Cooper to David Astor, editor of "The Observer" newspaper, who, on 28 May 1961, published Benenson's article "The Forgotten Prisoners" add something


Amnesty International was founded in London in July 1961 by English labour lawyer Peter Benenson add something


In July 1961 the leadership had decided that the appeal would form the basis of a permanent organisation, Amnesty, with the first meeting taking place in London add something


Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan - In 1962, Abdul Ghaffar Khan was named an "Amnesty International Prisoner of the Year"


The 4 March 1962 BBC news story did not refer to a "toast to liberty", but Benenson said his tube ride was on 19 December 1960 add something


On 30 September 1962, it was officially named 'Amnesty International' add something


Peter Benenson - By 1966, the Amnesty International faced an internal crisis and Benenson alleged that the organization he founded was being infiltrated by British intelligence


Kay Boyle - Vietnam War - In 1968, she signed the Writers and Editors War Tax Protest pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War. In her later years, she became an active supporter of Amnesty International and worked for the NAACP


Amnesty International's membership increased from 15,000 in 1969 to 200,000 by 1979 add something


Leading Amnesty International in the 1970s were key figureheads Seán MacBride and Martin Ennals add something


Consultative status was granted at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in 1972 add something


Felix Dodds states in a recent document that, "In 1972 there were 39 democratic countries in the world; by 2002, there were 139 add something


Valentin Turchin - By 1973, Turchin had founded the Moscow chapter of Amnesty International with Andrey Tverdokhlebov and was working closely with the well-known physicist and Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov


The first was issued on 19 March 1973, on behalf of Luiz Basilio Rossi, a Brazilian academic, arrested for political reasons add something


Mian Ghulam Jilani - Amnesty International adopted him as a prisoner of conscience in 1974


Mian Ghulam Jilani - Amnesty International declared him a prisoner of conscience in 1974


In 1976 Amnesty's British Section started a series of fund-raising events that came to be known as The Secret Policeman's Balls series add something


Nobel Peace Prize - The organisation was awarded the 1977 Nobel Peace Prize for its "campaign against torture," and the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights in 1978 add something


Thomas Hammarberg - He received on behalf of Amnesty International the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977


Georgi Vladimov - In 1977 he became the leader of the Moscow section of Amnesty International, forbidden in the USSR


Tom Stoppard - In February 1977, he visited the Soviet Union and several Eastern European countries with a member of Amnesty International


Chia Thye Poh - In late 1978, Amnesty International confirmed that he was detained at the Moon Crescent Detention Centre located within the grounds of Changi Prison


Cleese, Lewis and Walker worked together on the 1979 and 1981 shows, the first to carry what the Daily Telegraph described as the "rather brilliantly re-christened" "Secret Policeman's Ball" title add something


Rosemary Sullivan - Aside from her writing career, Sullivan has been working with Amnesty International since 1979, and in 1980 founded a congress to aid Amnesty International


Per Wastberg - He was chairman of the International PEN in 1979-1986 and founder of the Swedish section of Amnesty International


Leonard Bernstein - In 1979, Bernstein conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for the first and only time, in two charity concerts for Amnesty International involving performances of Mahler's Ninth Symphony


Halfdan Rasmussen - One of his poems, "Ikke Bødlen", was featured as one of the best poems on Human Rights on a 1979 book published by Amnesty International Denmark, and would be later translated into the first verse of Roger Waters' song "Each Small Candle"


Augusto Pinochet - In October 1979, the "New York Times" reported that Amnesty International had documented the disappearance of approximately 1,500 Chileans since 1973


Asghar Khan - He was kept under house arrest at his Abbotabad residence from 16 October 1979 to 2 October 1984 and was named a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International


By 1980 Amnesty International was drawing more criticism from governments add something


Throughout the 1980s, Amnesty International continued to campaign against torture, and on behalf of prisoners of conscience add something


Shigeo Fukuda - A 1980 poster created for Amnesty International features a clenched fist interwoven with barbed wire, with the letter "S" in the word "Amnesty" at the top of the poster formed from a linked shackle


Francis Boyle - As member of the board of Amnesty International USA at the end of the 1980s and early 1990s, he claimed that Amnesty International USA acted in ways closely related to United States foreign policy interests


Jackson Browne - During the 1980s, Browne performed frequently at benefit concerts for causes he believed in, including Farm Aid; Amnesty International ; post-Somoza, revolutionary Nicaragua; and the Christic Institute


Philip Ruddock - In the 1980s and early 1990s, he was an active member of the parliamentary group of Amnesty International


Harvey Weinstein - In the early 1980s Miramax acquired the rights to two British films of benefit shows filmed for human rights organization Amnesty International


Bob Weinstein - In the early 1980s Miramax acquired the rights to two British films of benefit shows filmed for human rights organization Amnesty International


Eleanor Bron - Throughout the 1980s she appeared in Amnesty International's "Secret Policeman's Balls" live benefit shows, working alongside Peter Cook and Rowan Atkinson


Jeff Beck - In 1981 Beck made a series of historic live appearances with his Yardbirds predecessor Eric Clapton at the Amnesty International -sponsored benefit concerts dubbed "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball" shows


Eric Clapton - In 1981 Clapton was invited by producer Martin Lewis to appear at the Amnesty International benefit "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball"


Phil Collins - Collins made his live debut as a solo performer, appearing at the invitation of producer Martin Lewis at the Amnesty International benefit show, "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball" at the Theatre Royal in London in September 1981, performing two songs from "Face Value" including "In the Air Tonight" and "The Roof is Leaking" accompanying himself on piano. "Face Value" became a surprise international success topping the charts in at least seven countries and hitting the top ten of the Billboard 200 eventually going triple-platinum in the US. Hit


Sting (musician) - In September 1981, Sting made his first live solo appearance, performing on all four nights of the fourth Amnesty International benefit The Secret Policeman's Other Ball at the invitation of producer Martin Lewis


Sting (musician) - Sting's first involvement in the human rights cause came in September 1981 when he was invited by producer Martin Lewis to participate in the fourth Amnesty International gala The Secret Policeman's Other Ball following the example set at the 1979 show by Pete Townshend


The USSR alleged that Amnesty International conducted espionage, the Moroccan government denounced it as a defender of lawbreakers, and the Argentine government banned Amnesty International's 1983 annual report add something


Nguyen Van Ly - For his ongoing imprisonment and continuous non-violent protest, Amnesty International adopted Father Lý in December 1983 as a prisoner of conscience


Fela Kuti - In 1984, Muhammadu Buhari's government, of which Kuti was a vocal opponent, jailed him on a charge of currency smuggling which Amnesty International and others denounced as politically motivated.


Vangelis - It was originally performed by Lesley Colier and Wayne Eagling himself at an Amnesty International gala in Drury Lane, but in 1984 the Royal Ballet School presented it again at the Sadler's Wells theater


Yahya Jammeh - Though previously regarded by Amnesty International as "abolitionist in practice", having had no executions since 1985, on 27 August 2012, the Gambian government confirmed that nine prisoners were executed by firing squad


Yoweri Museveni - By July 1985, Amnesty International estimated that the Obote regime had been responsible for more than 300,000 civilian deaths across Uganda, although the CIA World Factbook puts the number at over 100,000


Fela Kuti - In 1986, Fela performed in Giants Stadium in New Jersey as part of the Amnesty International A Conspiracy of Hope concert, sharing the bill with Bono, Carlos Santana, and The Neville Brothers.


Lou Reed - In 1986, he joined Amnesty International's A Conspiracy of Hope Tour and was outspoken about New York's political issues and personalities on the 1989 album "New York", commenting on crime, AIDS, Jesse Jackson, Kurt Waldheim, and Pope John Paul II


Bono - In a 1986 interview with "Rolling Stone" magazine, Bono explained that he was motivated to become involved in social and political causes by seeing one of the "Secret Policeman's Ball" benefit shows, staged by John Cleese and producer Martin Lewis for the human-rights organisation Amnesty International in 1979


The Police - In June 1986, the trio reconvened to play three concerts for the Amnesty International "A Conspiracy of Hope Tour"


Bonnie Raitt - Along with her participation in Farm Aid and Amnesty International concerts, Raitt traveled to Moscow in 1987 to participate in the first joint Soviet/American Peace Concert, later shown on the Showtime television network


Jennifer Saunders - Saunders has appeared in Amnesty International's "The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball" live benefit in 1989, along with Dawn French and others


During the 1990s, Amnesty International was forced to react to human rights violations occurring in the context of a proliferation of armed conflict in Angola, East Timor, the Persian Gulf, Rwanda, and the former Yugoslavia add something


In addition, six of the 10 countries most reported on by Human Rights Watch in the 1990s made "The Economist's" and "Newsweek's" "most covered" lists during that time add something


Richard M. Daley - In December 1990 Amnesty International issued a report "Allegations of Police Torture in Chicago, Illinois" calling for a full inquiry into allegations that Area 2 Chicago Police tortured criminal suspects between 1972 and 1984


David Gilmour - During the 1991 Amnesty International concert Gilmour used a Music Man Fretless Stingray bass while conducting the house band and again during Spinal Tap's performance of "Big Bottom"


Mohamed Nasheed - He was named an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience in 1991


Jon Burge - On January 28, 1991, Amnesty International called for an investigation into police torture in Chicago


For example, South African groups joined in 1992 and hosted a visit by Pierre Sané to meet with the apartheid government to press for an investigation into allegations of police abuse, an end to arms sales to the African Great Lakes region and the abolition of the death penalty add something


George Alagiah - He has won numerous awards including "Best International Report" at the Royal Television Society in 1993 and Amnesty International's "Best TV Journalist" award in 1994


Fergal Keane - He was named as overall winner of the Amnesty International Press Awards in 1993 and won an Amnesty television prize in 1994 for his investigation of the Rwandan genocide, Journey Into Darkness


Mohammed Daddach - Amnesty International designated him a prisoner of conscience, In 1994, his death sentence was reduced to life imprisonment, and in 2001, he was freed following a royal amnesty by Mohammed VI of Morocco, who described it as coming from "affection for the sons of the Sahara"


Ding Zilin - Human Rights Watch claims that on May 26, 1994, President Clinton said China had not made significant progress on many of the issues outlined in his 1993 Executive Order, however, a tough human rights policy was hampering the ability of the US to pursue other interests Human rights groups like HRIC, Amnesty International and Human Rights watch describe in their philosophies to be critical of governments gaining international power with bad human rights records


After his arrest in London in 1998 by the Metropolitan Police, Amnesty International became involved in the legal battle of Senator Pinochet, a former Chilean President, who sought to avoid extradition to Spain to face charges add something


Beko Ransome-Kuti - He was adopted as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International and freed in 1998 following the death of Sani Abacha


The campaign 'Get Up, Sign Up' marked 50 years of the UDHR. Thirteen million pledges were collected in support, and the Decl music concert was held in Paris on 10 December 1998 add something


Mushahid Hussain Syed - Amnesty International in 1999 declared Mushahid as a Prisoner of conscience


Richard M. Daley - In October 1999 the U.S. Affiliate of Amnesty International issued a report "Summary of Amnesty International's concerns on police abuse in Chicago" summarizing on-going concerns, including those relating to brutality and improper tactics or coercion during questioning; the detention and interrogation of children in police custody; allegations of excessive force against suspects; the shooting of unarmed suspects; the disproportionate number of victims who are members of ethnic or racial minorities; the inadequacy of police complaints and disciplinary procedures and the lack of an


After 2000, Amnesty International's agenda turned to the challenges arising from globalisation and the reaction to the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States add something


Amir-Abbas Fakhravar - In 2000, his treatments in the Islamic Republic jails during eight mounts Solitary Confinement have been described as first known example of "white torture" in Iran by Amnesty International


Digna Ochoa - In August 2000, she went into exile in Washington, DC, USA and, while in exile, she was presented with Amnesty International's "Enduring Spirit" Award in Los Angeles by actor Martin Sheen


Martin Adler - In 2001, he won the Amnesty International Media Award for his story on the kidnapping and sale of women in China


Ken Livingstone - Around that time he became involved with Kate Allen, now director of Amnesty International in the UK; the couple separated in November 2001


Chris Hedges - He received in 2002 the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism


FARC - In 2002, Amnesty International sent a letter to FARC-EP Commander Manuel Marulanda condemning kidnapping and hostage-taking as well as rejecting the threats directed at municipal or judicial officials and their families, arguing that they are civilians who are protected by international humanitarian law as long as they do not participate in hostilities


Francis Campbell - From 2003-2005, he was First Secretary at the British Embassy in Rome and, subsequently, on sabbatical, Senior Policy Director with Amnesty International in London


James Hormel - Hormel participated in numerous events, including a conference organized in 2004 by Amnesty International in the frame of the Geneva Gay Pride


Asha Gill - In 2004 she became a spokesperson for Amnesty International's "Stop Violence Against Women" campaign, and she was instrumental in various events in Malaysia dealing with the campaign, such as the Report Launch, the International Women's Day event "A Girl's Day Out" in MidValley Megamall in March, and the "Mix


Hilda Morales Trujillo - In 2004 she shared the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award with Mary Robinson


Hilda Morales Trujillo - In 2004, Trujillo shared the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award with Mary Robinson former President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


Julia Stiles - Stiles has worked for Habitat for Humanity, building housing in Costa Rica, and has worked with Amnesty International to raise awareness of the harsh conditions of immigration detention of unaccompanied juveniles; "Marie Claire", in January 2004, featured Stiles's trip to see conditions at the Berks County Youth Center in Leesport, Pennsylvania


Peter Odili - In September 2004, Amnesty International wrote an open letter to Peter Odili expressing deep concerns for protection of human rights of civilians in and around Port Harcourt, detailing an increasingly alarming security situation in Rivers State, due to fighting allegedly between rival armed groups


Criticism came directly from the Bush administration and "The Washington Post", when Khan, in 2005, likened the US government's detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a Soviet Gulag add something


In 2005 there were 52 sections worldwide add something


Angus Purden - In 2006, Purden appeared in a cinema advertising campaign against the arms trade for Amnesty International


Patrick Stewart - In 2006, Stewart made a short video against domestic violence for Amnesty International, in which he recollected his father's physical attacks on his mother and the effect it had on him as a child, and he has given his name to a scholarship at the University of Huddersfield, where he is Chancellor, to fund post-graduate study into domestic violence


Monira Rahman - Monira Rahman won Amnesty International's Human Rights Defenders Award 2006, Americans for UNFPA award 2009 and World's Childrens Prize 2010


Gao Zhisheng - Amnesty International alleged on 17 January 2006 that Gao narrowly escaped an assassination attempt, planned as a traffic accident ordered by Chinese secret police


Helen Berhane - On Eritrean Independence Day, 24 May 2006, Amnesty International renewed their appeal to Eritrea's President Isaias Afewerki to ensure the improvement of human rights standards in the country


Hrant Dink - In September 2006, another case was opened against Dink on charges of 'denigrating Turkishness' under Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code, which Amnesty International considered to be "part of an emerging pattern of harassment against the journalist exercising his right to freedom of expression


Chen Guangcheng - On 30 November 2006, Yinan County court upheld Chen's sentence, Following the trial, Amnesty International declared him to be a prisoner of conscience, "jailed solely for his peaceful activities in defence of human rights"


In 2007, the organisation appeared to endorse pro-choice for abortion add something


Palagummi Sainath - But he has received close to 40 other national and international journalism awards and fellowships in 30 years as a journalist, including the Ramon Magsaysay journalism award in 2007, the European Commission's Natali Prize in 1994 and the Boerma Journalism Prize from the UN FAO in 2001 , the Amnesty International global award for human rights journalism in 2000,the PUCL Human Rights Journalism Award, and the B.D. Goenka award for excellence in journalism in 2000


Tina Dico - In February 2007 Tina recorded the John Lennon song Working Class Hero, as part of Amnesty International's Global campaign Make Some Noise


Avril Lavigne - Released on 12 June 2007, the album was produced to benefit Amnesty International's campaign to alleviate the crisis in Darfur


Renato Martino - On 14 June 2007, Martino urged Catholics to withhold donations to Amnesty International in response to the group's decision to advocate in favor of access to abortion in rare cases, which placed Amnesty in conflict with the Catholic view of the human fetus as a rights-holder


Riad Seif - Amnesty International reports that since his release from prison he "has been subjected to various forms of harassment and ill-treatment," including the refusal to allow him to leave the country in late August 2007 for treatment of his prostate cancer, "which has advanced to a stage where it is liable to start spreading to other parts of his body without specialist treatment, which is only available outside Syria


In summary, it states that Amnesty's International Executive Committee in 2008 had decided not to prolong Khan's contract for a third term add something


Jimmy Carter - In a 2008 interview with Amnesty International, Carter criticized the alleged use of torture at Guantanamo Bay, saying that it "contravenes the basic principles on which this nation was founded.


WikiLeaks - The organisation has won a number of awards, including "The Economist's" New Media Award in 2008 at the Index on Censorship Awards and Amnesty International's UK Media Award in 2009


Iraq War - Amnesty International reported, concerning the Iraq War, on 17 March 2008, that despite claims the security situation in Iraq has improved in recent months, the human rights situation is disastrous, after the start of the war five years ago in 2003 add something


John Amaechi - In August 2008, Amaechi was sent to Beijing to do Olympic Men's and Women's Basketball broadcasts and reporting for the BBC. There, he authored a blog with fellow activist and renowned photographer Jeff Sheng in partnership with Amnesty International


Serj Tankian - Tankian released a new song "Fears" in November 2008 exclusively in support of Amnesty International's Global Write-A-Thon


Saif al-Islam Gaddafi - In 2009, both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch were allowed entry to Libya, via Gaddafi's non-profit organization in order to gather facts about the human rights situation in Libya


Saif al-Islam Gaddafi - Writing in Forbes in 2009, Fathi's brother writes that "for nearly a year, both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch hesitated to advocate publicly for Fathi's case, because they feared their case workers might lose access to Libyan visas


Yahya Jammeh - In March 2009 Amnesty International reported that up to 1,000 Gambians had been abducted by government-sponsored "witch doctors" on charges of witchcraft, and taken to detention centers where they were forced to drink poisonous concoctions


Leonard Cohen - However, on 17 August 2009, Amnesty International released a statement saying they were withdrawing from any involvement with the concert and its proceeds


Nguyen Van Ly - According to Amnesty International, Lý may have suffered a stroke on 14 November 2009, and was moved to Prison Hospital 198


Human Rights Watch - In 2010 "The Times" of London wrote that HRW has "all but eclipsed" Amnesty International


Moazzam Begg - In 2010, Gita Sahgal, the head of Amnesty International's gender unit, publicly condemned her organization for its collaboration with Begg, calling it "a gross error of judgment"


Nasrin Sotoudeh - In October 2010, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Human Rights Watch, the International Commission of Jurists, the International Federation for Human Rights, the Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights, the Union Internationale des Avocats and the World Organisation Against Torture joined Amnesty International in a joint statement denouncing Sotoudeh's arrest and calling for her immediate release


Nasrin Sotoudeh - On 20 December 2010, Amnesty International held a day-long protest at the Iranian embassy in London to protest her imprisonment


Jafar Panahi - On 23 December 2010 Amnesty International announced that it was mobilizing an online petition spearheaded by Paul Haggis and Nazanin Boniadi and signed by Sean Penn, Martin Scorsese, Harvey Weinstein and others to protest the imprisonment of Panahi


Yahya Jammeh - Amnesty International named Manneh a prisoner of conscience and a 2011 "priority case"


Rory Stewart - Stewart's reflections on the circumstances under which outside military and political intervention in countries' internal affairs may or may not hope to achieve positive results are further distilled in a 2011 book, "Can Intervention Work-", co-authored with Gerald Knaus and part of the Amnesty International Global Ethics Series


As of February 2011, Amnesty is engaged in a dispute with the British union Unite over Amnesty allegedly attempting to de-recognize some of its foreign-based workers' rights add something


In February 2011, Amnesty requested that Swiss authorities start a criminal investigation of former U.S. President George W. Bush and arrest him add something


Nguyen Van Ly - In February 2011, Amnesty International lodged an Urgent Action to stop the Vietnamese government's intended return of Father Lý to detention


Peter Pack, the chairman of Amnesty's international executive committee, initially stated on 19 February 2011, "The payments to outgoing secretary general Irene Khan shown in the accounts of AI Ltd for the year ending 31 March 2010 include payments made as part of a confidential agreement between AI Ltd and Irene Khan add something


Libyan civil war - During the siege of Misrata in May 2011, Amnesty International reported "horrifying" tactics such as "indiscriminate attacks that have led to massive civilian casualties, including use of heavy artillery, rockets and cluster bombs in civilian areas and sniper fire against residents


Troy Davis - In May 2011, Amnesty International and People of Faith Against the Death Penalty asked religious leaders to sign a petition to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles calling for the commutation of Davis's death sentence


Gilad Shalit - Several prominent Israeli, Palestinian, and international human rights organizations issued a joint statement in June 2011 calling on Hamas to end its "illegal" and "inhumane" treatment of Shalit, including Amnesty International, B'Tselem, Bimkom, Gisha, Human Rights Watch, Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Physicians for Human Rights, Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Rabbis for Human Rights, The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Yesh Din; though Noah Pollak, writing in "Commentary", noted that the statement did not call for the release of S


In July 2011, Amnesty International celebrated its 50 years with an animated short film directed by Carlos Lascano, produced by Eallin Motion Art and Dreamlife Studio, with music by Academy award winner Hans Zimmer and nominee Lorne Balfe add something


Gilad Shalit - Gerald Steinberg, president of "human rights watchdog NGO Monitor", was quoted in October 2011 as saying that many human rights organizations, "such as the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, Gisha, and the International Red Cross demonstrated very little interest" in the Shalit case


Richard Hughes (musician) - On 3 November 2011 Hughes spoke at the Oxford Union about his work with Amnesty International, and his campaign for justice for Troy Davis


Thomas Hammarberg - On March 9th 2012, Thomas Hammarberg received the Amnesty International Chair as a reward for his impressive track record in human rights


In August 2012 Amnesty International' Chief Executive in India, sought an impartial investigation, led by the United Nations, to render justice to those affected by war crimes in Sri Lanka add something


In November 2012, the Amnesty staff in London went on strike to protest work conditions and financial issues with the organization add something


On August 18, 2014, in the wake of a race riot sparked by people protesting the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old man, Amnesty International sent a 13-person contingent of human rights activists to seek meetings with officials as well as to train local activists in non-violent protest methods add something


In June 2016, Amnesty International has called on the United Nations General Assembly to "immediately suspend" Saudi Arabia from the UN Human Rights Council add something


In December 2016, Amnesty International revealed that Voiceless Victims, a fake non-profit organization which claims to raise awareness for migrant workers who are victims of human rights abuses in Qatar, had been trying to spy on their staff add something


In July 2017 Turkish police detained 10 human rights activists during a workshop on digital security at a hotel near Istanbul add something


In October 2018, an Amnesty International researcher was abducted and beaten while observing demonstrations in Magas, the capital of Ingushetia, Russia add something


In November 2018 Amnesty reported the arrest of 19 or more rights activists and lawyers in Egypt add something


On 5 December 2018, Amnesty International strongly condemned the execution of Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoy in Belarus add something


In February 2019, Amnesty International 's management team offered to resign after an independent report found what it called a "toxic culture" of workplace bullying, and found evidence of bullying, harassment, sexism and racism, after being asked to investigate the suicides of 30-year Amnesty veteran Gaetan Mootoo in Paris in May 2018 , and 28-year-old intern Rosalind McGregor in Geneva in July 2018 add something


In April 2019, Amnesty International's deputy director for research in Europe, Massimo Moratti, warned that if extradited to the United States, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would face the "risk of serious human rights violations, namely detention conditions, which could violate the prohibition of torture" add something


Late in the evening of 26 April 2019, the London Met police arrested 21 remaining occupiers add something


On May 14, 2019, Amnesty International filed a petition with the District Court of Tel Aviv, Israel, seeking a revocation of the export license of surveillance technology firm NSO Group add something