In November 2005, Birtukan Mideksa was arrested along with many other opposition politicians and human rights defenders in Ethiopia. She was tried and sentenced to life imprisonment—for peacefully supporting the democratic right to free and fair elections.
Amnesty International members in Canada and around the world wrote her letters of solidarity, and called on the Ethiopian government to release her. After serving 21 months of her life sentence, she was freed from prison.
Every day, Amnesty International mobilizes its worldwide membership to take action on behalf of “prisoners of conscience” like Birtukam Mideksa. We also work impartially to promote and protect the fundamental human rights of all people, including freedom of belief and the right not to be tortured or mistreated.
To preserve its independence and impartiality, Amnesty accepts no money from governments for its operating budgets. We rely instead on the generosity of people who share our belief that human rights violations must always be opposed and prevented.
By remembering Amnesty International in your will and estate planning, you will be helping to build a future where the dignity of every person is protected and respected.
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