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Changing lives and policies

We free people from prison who are being held unjustly because of who they are or what they believe. We change laws to protect millions of people’s human rights. We transform societies to be more fair, free, and just. Here are our victories.

Featured Victory

Chelsea Manning served four years in prison, including in conditions that experts determined were cruel and inhuman, after she exposed the U.S. military for violating international law. When she tried to commit suicide in prison, Manning was put into solitary confinement. Amnesty International campaigned for her freedom for years, with hundreds of thousands of members and activists writing letters to demand her release. President Obama finally commuted her sentence last year, and was finally released from prison in May 2017.

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May 17, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Pastor, Missionary And Activist Released (Sudan: UA 260.6)

Petr Jezek, Hassan A. Kodi and Abdulmonem Abdumawla have been released after a presidential pardon. Petr Jezek had been sentenced to life imprisonment, while the other two had been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment on 29 January.

May 2, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Opposition Activists Released Without Charge (Sudan: UA 75.17)

Three political opposition activists, Mohamed Hassan El Bushi, Amin Saad and Motaz Al Ajail, were released without charge on 25 and 30 April. The three had been detained without charge since January and February 2017 because of their political activities and support of protests in November 2016 against economic austerity measures.

April 27, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Iranian Filmmaker Keywan Karimi Released (Iran: UA 19.16)

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Urgent Action Victory! Pro-Biafran Activist Released (Nigeria: UA 198.16)

April 26, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! General Law On Torture Improved And Passed (Mexico: UA 11.17)

April 24, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Virginia Governor Commutes Death Sentence (USA: UA 55.17)

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Urgent Action Victory! Court Blocks Execution And Remands For Hearing (USA: UA 67.17)

April 19, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Stay Of Execution For Bruce Ward In Arkansas (USA: UA 66.17)

April 18, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Stay Of Execution For Don Davis In Arkansas (USA: UA 64.17)

April 10, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Texas Appeal Court Blocks Execution (USA: UA 72.17)