Feb 26 2016 5:13PM
7 inspiring human rights quotes
Credit: Jurgen Schadeberg www.jurgenschadeberg.com 1. “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” Nelson Mandela, South African civil rights activist Credit: Amnesty International Norway 2. "It means a grea...
Jul 18 2014 2:33PM
Take a few minutes to remember Mandela
Have you got a minute? Or 67 minutes to be precise? Put them to good use because today is a special day. It is Nelson Mandela International Day, now in the official UN calendar. It marks his birthday – and makes a call to action to peo...
Dec 20 2013 11:02AM
The human rights blog of the year
There’s something comforting about wrapping up the year with a wrap-up. Surveying the previous 12 months form the safety of the last day in the office and mulling over the progress and disasters. There’s no shortage of ‘Year in Review’...
Dec 10 2013 12:57PM
Remembering Mandela: 'I don’t need my name in history books. I was there.'
Colin Haskin is a life-long activist and works with Amnesty in South Africa. I was born in 1957 to a white Irish father and a black Zulu mother. My older sister and younger brother came out white. I did not. For us to live together as...
Nelson Mandela revisits his cell on Robben Island in 1994 © Jurgen Schadeberg

When we were founded in 1961 our sole purpose was to work to free prisoners of conscience – those unfairly jailed for peacefully speaking out and criticising the authorities.

In 1962, Nelson Mandela was arrested and charged with inciting workers to strike, and travelling without valid documents. One of our founders, lawyer Sir Louis Blom-Cooper, attended the trial as an official observer and when Mandela was sentenced to five years in jail, he was adopted as a prisoner of conscience.

Today we pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, one of the world’s most visionary leaders in the fight to protect and promote human rights.

The death of Nelson Mandela is not just a loss for South Africa. It is a loss for people all over the world who are fighting for freedom, for justice and for an end to discrimination.

'As a world leader who refused to accept injustice, Nelson Mandela’s courage helped change our entire world.

Jul 18 2013 12:17PM
Happy birthday Nelson Mandela!
Maggie Paterson is Editor of Amnesty Magazine. She was involved in the Anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa and here celebrates Mandela's birthday by reflecting on the vital role he played in the struggle. Today is Nelson Mandela’s...

Amnesty International Applauds Glasgow City Council

Amnesty International has applauded the decision of Glasgow City Council to make a Freedom of the City award to Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as a welcome and noble gesture, which

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Seamus Heaney praises Mandela on becoming Amnesty 'Ambassador of Conscience'

Nobel Literature Laureate Seamus Heaney, whose poem From the Republic of Conscience first inspired the "Ambassador of Conscience" Award, was the first to congratulate Mr. Mandela.

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