Defending the Human Rights of Individuals Around the Globe

In countries around the world, people's lives are threatened because of who they are or what they believe. Amnesty International puts protecting individuals at risk of human rights violations at the very heart of our work.

Our campaign for Individuals at Risk (IAR) mobilizes ordinary people to provide hope and transform lives through simple powerful action. We provide rapid response when detainees are tortured and denied basic rights, when human rights defenders face death threats, when people are discriminated against because they are poor. We act to aid specific individuals at risk and pressure governments to address underlying human rights issues.

Defending the Human Rights of Individuals Around the Globe

In countries around the world, people's lives are threatened because of who they are or what they believe. Amnesty International puts protecting individuals at risk of human rights violations at the very heart of our work.

Our campaign for Individuals at Risk (IAR) mobilizes ordinary people to provide hope and transform lives through simple powerful action. We provide rapid response when detainees are tortured and denied basic rights, when human rights defenders face death threats, when people are discriminated against because they are poor. We act to aid specific individuals at risk and pressure governments to address underlying human rights issues.

For more than 45 years, Amnesty International has come to the aid of prisoners of conscience and other individuals at risk of serious human rights violations. Thanks to the actions of Amnesty supporters like you, countless individuals have been freed from prison, saved from torture and protected from death threats. Amnesty's Campaign for Individuals at Risk provides hope and improves lives.

Campaign Goals

  • Win improvements for individuals at risk by:
    • Facilitating grassroots advocacy on a wide range of IAR cases
    • Coordinating intensive activism around Priority Cases and Global Write-a-thon
    • Mobilizing rapid, worldwide response through our Urgent Action Network

    Specific goals are driven by the circumstances of each case. In one case we may seek a prisoner's release, while in another our focus may be on securing justice for previous abuses.

  • Engage more people in IAR activism. More voices joining our call for justice strengthens our message and boosts our capacity to help those who are at risk.
  • Heighten visibility of Amnesty's work for individuals. Increased visibility of IAR cases at the local and national levels increases pressure on governments to act and engages more supporters.
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Many Iranians will not be able to celebrate Nowruz with their loved ones because they have been imprisoned for their activism. Send them a card today to tell them they are not forgotten.
Press Release
Forty two years ago today, Albert Woodfox was placed in an isolation cell in a Louisiana prison on suspicion of murdering a prison guard. He remains there today. “Albert Woodfox has been held in solit...
Victory

Amnesty International welcomed the release last week of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. She was a prisoner of conscience and the subject of sustained activism by Amnesty Inte...

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