Join with Amnesty International and speak out for justice
Every year, the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award celebrates individuals and groups who speak out for justice. The recipients are people who have used their talents to inspire others to fight for human rights. The award also aims to create debate, encourage public action and raise awareness of human rights issues.
In 2016, the prestigious award will be shared between world-renowned musician Angélique Kidjo and three inspirational African youth activist groups, Y’en a marre from Senegal, Le Balai Citoyen from Burkina Faso and LUCHA from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Amnesty International’s efforts
The Award event is produced by Art for Amnesty, Amnesty International’s artist engagement programme, which brings together international artists of all disciplines in a collaborative effort to defend and celebrate human rights for all.
Grammy-winning artist Kidjo fled her homeland Benin in the 1980s after being pressured to perform for the country’s repressive regime. In a 40-year-career spawning 12 albums, she has been a prominent campaigner for freedom of expression and for the education of girls in Africa, as well as against female genital mutilation. “I have always tried to use my singing and spoken voice to fight injustice and inequality.” – Angélique Kidjo, singer-songwriter and 2016 Ambassador of Conscience.
Y’en a marre (“Fed Up”) is a group of Senegalese rappers and journalists who joined forces in January 2011 to encourage young people to register to vote. Three of the group’s founders were arrested in February 2012 after helping to organize a peaceful sit-in protest against the government. Y’en a marre remains active, urging the new government to implement promised reforms. “There is no such thing as a foregone conclusion, there are only abandoned responsibilities.” – Fadel Barro, Y’en a marre, 2016 Ambassador of Conscience Awardees.
Supporting Amnesty International
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“Freedom of expression is an essential human condition; it should be valued, respected and protected by all of us.” – Ai Wei Wei.
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