Prisoners and People at Risk

Protect the Human

Prisoners and people at risk are those whose human rights have been violated or are under threat of violation.

In countries around the world, people’s lives are threatened because of who they are or what they believe.

Thanks to the actions of Amnesty supporters like you, countless individuals have been freed from prison, saved from torture and protected from death threats. But countless more lives need to be saved.

Protect the Human

Prisoners and people at risk are those whose human rights have been violated or are under threat of violation.

In countries around the world, people’s lives are threatened because of who they are or what they believe.

Thanks to the actions of Amnesty supporters like you, countless individuals have been freed from prison, saved from torture and protected from death threats. But countless more lives need to be saved.

Our work on behalf of prisoners and people at risk spans numerous issues:

Detention and imprisonment
In countries throughout the world people are being detained and imprisoned arbitrarily without a fair trial. In these circumstances many face torture or other forms of ill-treatment. They may be held in conditions that are so poor that these amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

Death penalty
The death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights. It violates the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception regardless of the nature of the crime, the characteristics of the offender, or the method used by the state to kill the prisoner.

Enforced disappearances
An enforced disappearance takes place when a person is arrested, detained or abducted by the state or agents acting for the state, who then deny that the person is being held or conceal their whereabouts, placing them outside the protection of the law.

Human rights defenders
Human rights defenders are individuals, groups of people or organizations who promote and protect human rights through peaceful and non-violent means.

Prisoners of Conscience
Amnesty International has 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, color, language, national or social origin, economic status, birth, sexual orientation or other status, provided that they have neither used nor advocated violence.

Prisoners and People at Risk Updates
Blog
News organizations have pulled back their reporters, and those that remain are being more cautious in their travels. But the consequences are significant.
News
The Vietnamese authorities must stop attacks on peaceful activists, Amnesty International said after three human rights defenders were sentenced to jail and police beat and arrested their supporters. 
Victory

Aparna Marandi and her son were released on bail on May 6, 2013. She had been in jail since December 8, 2012, accused of being involved in a Maoist arson attack on a mining site in India's Jharkhan...

Report

The USA stands virtually alone in the world in incarcerating thousands of prisoners in long term or indefinite solitary confinement, defined by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel,...