Amnesty announces Media Awards finalists

Amnesty International UK has announced finalists of the Amnesty Media Awards 2022, a prestigious set of awards that have now been running for 30 years. The winners of this year’s awards will be announced at a ceremony in London, hosted by Krishan Guru-Murthy on Wednesday 4 May 2022. The 11 award categories celebrate excellence in human rights journalism over the past year and applaud the courage and determination of journalists and editors who sometimes put their lives on the line to report on vital human rights issues. The judging panels…

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Youth activists in training to rise up and defend human rights

Amnesty and The Co-operative Bank back young human rights defenders with ‘Rise Up’ training programme In its second year, the course teaches youth activists how to achieve social change in their local communities Call for young activists to join Rise Up – applications for 2022 are now open ‘It is Amnesty’s abiding belief that young people are not the leaders of tomorrow, but the leaders we need here and now’ – Sacha Deshmukh Young activists hailing from all corners of the UK are taking part in Amnesty International UK’s ‘Rise Up’ youth…

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Olympic skater gives away gold medal to protest China’s human rights abuses

Swedish Olympic champion Nils van der Poel gives his gold medal to Hong Kong dissident’s daughter ‘His decision to take a stand against China’s crackdown on freedom of expression should spur governments into action on this urgent issue’ – Alkan Akad Olympic champion Nils van der Poel gave his Beijing 2022 gold medal to the daughter of a Hong Kong dissident to protest the Chinese Government’s devastating human rights record. The Swedish athlete gave the men’s 10,000 metre speed skating medal he won at Beijing 2022 to Angela Gui who…

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Amnesty x Moomin: New collection to mark 60 years of defending human rights

In celebration of its 60th anniversary, Amnesty International has teamed up with Moomin Characters Ltd to launch a brand-new limited range of products.   Using original illustrations drawn by Moomins creator and long-time Amnesty supporter Tove Jansson, the collection features canvas bags, beanies, water bottles, matchsticks, candles, sweaters and t-shirts, with 10% of all proceeds going towards Amnesty’s global human rights work.   What better way to celebrate the Moomin spirit and the hope of Amnesty’s mission than to light a candle? Augusta Quiney, Head of Art for Amnesty A key theme of many of the images used in the collection is a candle, in recognition of Amnesty International’s world-famous logo – a candle burning inside barbed wire. Accordingly, the collection has been entitled…

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World’s biggest letter writing campaign launches to help 10 people around the world facing danger

Amnesty International has launched its flagship annual letter-writing campaign, Write for Rights to support 10 activists from around the world who have been attacked, jailed, harassed or disappeared for standing up for their rights. Amnesty is calling on members of the public to join the global action which will take place between November and December. People around the world will send millions of cards, emails and tweets of solidarity to individuals or groups of people whose freedoms are being denied, and will write letters putting pressure on those in power…

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