New Years Good News!

18 January 2019, 17:57 UTC |

Taking five minutes out of your day to sign one of our petitions, write a cheque or respond to an event can seem like a small thing - but the results can be huge.  

In 2018 we achieved so much together: 

The New Zealand Government has opened the door to a new pathway for refugees to rebuild their lives in safety. It’s called community sponsorship. Instead of the Government taking responsibility for helping newcomers to resettle, individual people, churches, businesses, clubs, unions and other groups take the lead. It’s not only life-changing for refugees, it deepens our friendships with our own neighbours and makes our communities stronger. But the Government hasn’t decided whether or not to continue their small pilot programme. Our response is the I Welcome Pledge, where 10,276 of you voiced your support for community sponsorship. Thank you for your support! 

We’ve been able to play a key role in historic legislation that bans child marriage in Burkina Faso. With our continued pressure, a new article in the Penal Code, passed last year, has broadened the definition of marriage, in line with Amnesty International’s recommendations. And we’ve also managed to ensure marriages that happen in religious or traditional ceremonies are covered under the new law. Which means an early or forced marriage can now be deemed illegal. This is a great step and simply wouldn’t have happened without your commitment. 

Thousands of Amnesty International supporters around the world have sent letters and cards calling on authorities in China to stop the intimidation against brave human rights defender, Ni Yulan. And we succeeded! “Dear Amnesty International friends, thank you for your help! When I rented a house in July this year, local police summoned the landlord and warned her not to rent to us. Responding to your support and concern for us, the police backed off. In August, we finally moved into our new home. The police have not harassed us – we have gained peace of mind now. I sincerely thank you for all you have done for us!” 


Mẹ Nấm, aka. Mother Mushroom was well known in Viet Nam for her blogs…but because of that, she was arrested in October 2016 and held incommunicado. Thousands of people around the world wrote letters and cards urging authorities to release her, and we succeeded! Thanks to you Mẹ Nấm and her children are free to begin their new life.  


There is still so much to be done in 2019. In particular, ensuring refugees can get to safety, stopping violence against women online and protecting human rights defenders. 

As we look ahead to a new year, and the work we still have to do, please consider a regular donation to Amnesty International. This is the very best way to support our work and defend human rights for all.  

Your regular gift will help us save lives, fight injustice and create a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.