By mobilising in support of individuals at risk across the world, we can show repressive regimes and human rights abusers that the world is watching. With a wealth of testimony from survivors and ex-prisoners of conscience, we know that this approach works, and saves lives.
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Last year alone, 48 countries around the world continued to detain people solely for the peaceful expression of their beliefs. In Iran, women’s human rights defenders face harassment, arrest and violence for peaceful demonstrations. In China, lawyers who defend the rights of others risk imprisonment and torture. In Burma, where thousands of political prisoners remain in detention, including Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's last democratically-elected leader.
Even the most brutal of governments can be susceptible to international pressure. For nearly five decades, Amnesty has been working to highlight the individual stories of people facing arbitrary arrest, unfair trials, and abusive prison conditions, and mobilise our supporters to call for their release. We know from the testimonies of survivors that this pressure can deter abuses, and ultimately help to secure their release. We work on hundreds of cases every year.
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