People around the world are facing harassment and imprisonment as a result of exercising their right to freedom of expression.
Everyone has the right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas without fear or interference.
This right is important for the personal development and dignity of every individual, and it is essential for the fulfilment of other human rights.
Striving for freedom of expression has always been a core part of Amnesty International’s work, and it is closely linked to the right to hold opinions and the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
Amnesty International campaigns on behalf of thousands of prisoners of conscience – people who are imprisoned because of their political, religious or other conscientiously held beliefs, ethnic origin, sex, colour, language, national or social origin, economic status, birth, sexual orientation or other status.
Amnesty International calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all such prisoners.
What Amnesty International is doing
Amnesty International supports and protects those who speak up and express their opinions openly and freely around the world. In particular, we do a lot of work with those who speak out to defend human rights. For example:
- Journalists exposing human rights violations.;
- Community workers conducting human rights education;
- Trade unionists defending workers’ rights;
- Women working for the promotion of reproductive rights; and
- Environmentalists highlighting the impact of development projects on indigenous peoples’ land rights.