Put simply, without the support of people like you, we couldn’t achieve the many things we do year in and year out. It’s thanks to your action, your determination and your continuous support that Amnesty can transform the lives of people and communities worldwide. Here’s what so many of you have helped us do so far this year.
WORKING FOR INDIVIDUALS
1. Opposition leaders freed in Gambia
On 30 January, opposition party members Amadou Sanneh, Malang Fatty and his brother Alhagie Sambou Fatty were finally freed in Gambia following more than three years of campaigning by Amnesty supporters. Within two days, Amadou Sanneh was sworn-in as Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs in the new Gambian government. The government had been at a stalemate until the previous ruler, Yahya Jammeh, accepted the election results and ceded power in late January. “Amnesty’s work has an impact on people,” Amadou Sanneh later told us. “At the end they really didn’t care about us. Without Amnesty’s support it could have been worse. Amnesty’s effort reduced what they were doing. I am very grateful for that. All the people that were imprisoned we appreciate Amnesty’s work a lot.”