Ambassador of Conscience Award
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|Ambassador of Conscience Award|
|Awarded for||human rights award|
|Presented by||Amnesty International|
The Ambassador of Conscience Award is Amnesty International's most prestigious human rights award. It celebrates individuals and groups who have furthered the cause of human rights by showing exceptional courage standing up to injustice and who have used their talents to inspire others. It also aims to generate debate, encourage public action and raise awareness of inspirational stories and human rights issues. Since 2016, the Award ceremonies have been organised by the Art for Amnesty programme of the Amnesty International International Secretariat, including the coordination of over 30 events hosted by national Amnesty Sections worldwide to honour the Fridays for Future movement in 2019.
The Award was inspired by a poem written by Seamus Heaney for Amnesty International in 1985. The poem, "From the Republic of Conscience" ends with the lines: "Their embassies he said, were everywhere but operated independently and no ambassador would ever be relieved".
- 2003 - Václav Havel, former President of the Czech Republic
- 2004 - Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Hilda Morales Trujillo, Guatemalan women's rights activist
- 2005 - Irish rock band U2 and their manager Paul McGuinness
- 2006 - Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa
- 2008 - Peter Gabriel, musician and humanitarian activist 
- 2009 - Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the Burmese National League for Democracy. The award was subsequently withdrawn on November 12, 2018.
- 2013 - Malala Yousafzai, Pupil, blogger, activist, and Harry Belafonte, American singer, human right and social justice activist 
- 2015 - Joan Baez, American folk singer, songwriter and activist and Ai Weiwei, Chinese contemporary artist and activist
- 2016 - Angélique Kidjo, Beninese singer-songwriter and Lutte Pour Le Changement (LUCHA), a youth movement committed to peaceful protest in Goma and Le Balai Citoyen, a political grassroots movement in Burkina Faso and Y'en a Marre, a group of Senegalese rappers and journalists
- 2017 - Alicia Keys, American musician and activist; the movement for rights for indigenous people in Canada
- 2018 - Colin Kaepernick, former NFL quarterback and activist; kneeling protest at racial injustice
- 2019 - Greta Thunberg, Swedish environment activist and the Fridays for Future Movement, part of School strike for climate
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