Letters, protests, independent reports... To speak of human rights is to speak about Amnesty International. "Is Better to light a candle than to curse in the darkness," said Peter Benenson in 1961 calling to the action. And today, more than three million activists act as a barometer of the state of justice in the world. Joining forces have managed to become an essential Human Rights NGO and resolve, among others, the situation of nearly 50,000 prisoners in the world. "People that work for people" On its 50th birthday this essay shows some of the faces that made it possible.
Defending human rights is a high risk activity in the world today, because telling the truth to those in power means facing governments and political elites, economic forces and military. By carry out their work, each year hundreds of activists are killed, tortured, imprisoned or subjected to smear campaigns. This project gives recognition to 30 people from all over the world who stand out for defending human rights. Support defenders of human rights is a priority for Amnesty International. When rights defenders are violated, the rights of all of us are in danger.