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Protecting human rights through the arts

The arts have a unique power to bring people together and to promote change – and Amnesty International harnesses the power and creativity of art to advance human rights.

Artists have always been a special part of our work. They are the visionaries, the storytellers, the ones willing to shine a light on injustice using art and using the power of their platforms. Artists raise awareness about important human rights issues, bring new activists to our movement, inspire people whose human rights have been violated, and galvanize our supporters.

Amnesty International has a long and rich history of partnering with artists on a wide range of successful cases and campaigns. Today, the newest chapter of that history is being written with Art for Amnesty, our groundbreaking program that uses arts to help protect human rights.

We work with a broad range of major artists, such as John Legend and Alicia Keys, to engage new audiences in human rights advocacy, and we also work with new and emerging artists. Through flagship projects like Art for Rights, we work in partnership with artists to increase awareness and activism for human rights.