Edinburgh Festivals 2014
We were back at Edinburgh, the world’s biggest arts festival, with a full programme celebrating Freedom of Expression in all its forms.
Freedom of expression has always been a core part of our work and is closely linked to the right to hold opinions and the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
We have campaigned on behalf of thousands of prisoners of conscience – people who are imprisoned because of their political, religious or other conscientiously held beliefs, ethnic origin, sex, colour, language, national or social origin, economic status, birth, sexual orientation or other status.
Freedom of Expression Award
Our Freedom of Expression Award, which is given to a theatre production that explores human rights in a meaningful way, is set for the biggest year in the Award’s ten-year history.
Daily Imprisoned Writers events
We host free daily Imprisoned Writers events at the largest book festival in the world, where famous authors give up their time to read the words of writers who cannot read their own work.
Every day focused on a different topic ranging from Russia to Death Penalty to remembering Nelson Mandela.
Amnesty Annual Lecture
Our Annual Lecture also takes place at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. This year David Belton and Brian Turner explored Wars That Live on in the Mind focusing on Rwanda and Iraq.
The Power of Fiction
We were also delighted to welcome Children’s Laureate and award-winning author Malorie Blackman to Edinburgh where she explored the right to an identity.