Thanks to the actions of Amnesty International supporters like you, countless individuals have been freed from prison, saved from torture and protected from death threats. But countless more lives need to be saved.
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Who we campaign for?
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. When Amnesty International takes up campaigning for an individual at risk, it becomes known as an Amnesty International case. A case may be an individual person, a group of people or a community of people.
Amnesty International Hong Kong cannot campaign for all the cases that are reported to the International Secretariat in London. To understand some of the categories that apply to our individuals at risk, here are some frequently used terms for our work.
- Prisoners of conscience – people who have been detained solely for peacefully exercising their rights and quite often detained under the guise of a law that has been loosely interpreted and applied to their situation.
- Unfair trials – people who have been detained and subjected to a trial that does not meet international fair trial standards.
- Human rights defenders – those who speak out and act to defend their rights and the rights of others. • Enforced disappearances – people who have gone missing with no information about where they have gone or what has happened to them. There is no way of contacting them. Family, friends and colleagues are left without knowing anything about their plight, whether they are dead or alive.
- Death penalty – the ultimate violation of human rights, a cruel and inhumane punishment applied by the state against individuals.
- Tortured and ill-treated – the lack of information about and access to someone who has been detained that brings about the fear that they may be tortured or ill-treated, given the circumstances of their detention. It is also recognised that individuals who have been detained, especially incommunicado, face the greatest risk of torture.
- Fear for safety – where a person simply is not believed to be safe. This can occur within and outside detention. It can include detainees being denied medical attention or civilians receiving threats of violence.