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Individuals at Risk
Working with and for individuals at risk of human rights abuses has been at the heart of Amnesty’s campaigning work since our founding in 1961.
Thanks to the actions of Amnesty supporters like you, more than 44,000 individuals have been freed from prison, saved from torture and protected from death threats.
Campaigning to achieve real improvements in the lives of individuals
Individuals are behind much of the human rights activism at grassroots and community level. People are the driving force behind positive change for themselves and for others. They can change lives by acting on their own or with other people making the same demand - an end to injustice in all its forms.
Who are individuals at risk?
Individuals at risk of human rights violations are found throughout the world. They are people, just like you and I, whose human rights have been violated or are under threat of violation.
Some of our best known individuals at risk are called Prisoners of Conscience. They are people who have been detained solely for peacefully exercising their rights and who are illegally detained, such as Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Not all individuals at risk are prisoners of conscience but when we take up campaigning for such people, it becomes known as an Amnesty International case. Cases can also be opened on behalf of a group or community of people.
Recognising that we cannot campaign for all the cases that are reported to our research headquarters the International Secretariat (IS), Amnesty NZ works closely with the IS to determine which cases we publicly campaign for in New Zealand. These cases tend to have local, regional or topical relevance.
Refugees, asylum seekers and migrants are part of the individuals at risk that we campaign on behalf of. Click here for more information on Amnesty’s work on these individuals.
What can you do?
- Sign up to receive fortnightly emails on a burning human rights issue via our e-action network
- Visit our Online Action Centre to respond to our latest appeals via email
Or by becoming a member of Amnesty NZ you can:
- Join our Urgent Action Network to receive appeals for the most time-critical individual at risk cases
- Receive our membership magazine The Flame which highlights three-to-four World Wide Appeals in every issue
- Join one of our Specialist Networks to take action on behalf of individuals that fall within that speciality