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Providing help for human rights activists at risk in the field

Human rights activists are under threat around the world, often subject to violence, torture or kidnapping. These individuals are on the front line of repression and harassment from their own governments for carrying out their legitimate work and exposing human rights abuses.
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Nature and Context

When faced with danger of arrest, attack or torture, there is very often no time for human rights activists to alert colleagues as to their situation or to seek assistance. This leaves them in a precarious situation without friends, families and colleagues knowing anything about their whereabouts or being able to take immediate action to help them.

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Potential Solution Funding

Amnesty won a Google Impact Award of £100k in 2013 to launch the app globally, and to train more than 100 activists in 16 countries in how to use it most effectively.

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Ideas Description

In 2014, Amnesty launched a new app designed to allow activists to quickly hit a 'panic button' through their mobile phone. This immediately sends out a pre-customized message and location information to three selected contacts.

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