Together we are humankind

19 January 2018, 16:05 UTC |

Thanks to your kindness, your determined action and continuous support, you have helped to open up a world of difference, transforming the lives of vulnerable people and communities globally. 

Here are a few of the many examples of the inspiring work we do together to defend human rights.

 

Death penalty on the decline

The World Day against the Death Penalty had special significance last year as we marked 40 years of highly successful campaigning towards its abolition. When Amnesty International began its global campaign against the death penalty in 1977, only 16 states had fully abolished the death penalty. Thanks to you, today that number stands at 105, more than half the world’s countries. 

 

Write for Rights

Shackelia Jackson lost her brother when Jamaican police shot him dead. Apparently, he fit the description of a suspect they were chasing: he had dreadlocks. Since that moment he was gunned down in his small restaurant, Shackelia has been demanding justice and has become a leader in the battle against police killings in Jamaica.

The police have responded by raiding her community, as well as intimidating Shackelia and her family. But she refuses to be silenced.

Shackelia featured in Amnesty International’s Write for Rights, when tens of thousands of people around the world supported her by writing to the Jamaican Prime Minister urging protection for Shackelia and her family and justice for all those unlawfully killed by the police.

 

Free to stand for freedom

In Mauritania, social media can be deadly. Blogger Mohamed Mkhaïtir was sentenced to death in 2014 for a Facebook post that was considered insulting to the Prophet Muhammad. Amnesty International supporters around the world spoke up for this prisoner of conscience, calling for his release, while Secretary General Salil Shetty took a human rights advocacy mission to Mauritania. We’re thrilled to say that the Appeals Court recently quashed Mohamed’s death sentence. After four years in prison, he is now free.

 

Getting kids out of immigration detention

Lorena, and her young son Carlos (names have been changed) fled threats, intimidation and severe and repeated gender-based violence in Honduras before arriving in the United States. But instead of being offered asylum, they were locked up in the Berks County Residential Centre in Pennsylvania, which is akin to a jail.

Amnesty International launched a campaign to end the detention of children and their parents held at the detention centre. And when thousands of people signed petitions, made phone calls, wrote letters and got out on the streets, officials heard them. After 22 months of unjust imprisonment, Carlos and Lorena were released. But the good news doesn’t stop there – the three other families that featured in our campaign were released from Berks as well. Let’s hear it for people power!