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If you came to this page via the quiz, the correct answers should be…

1)  Connecticut became the 17th US state to repeal the death penalty. In November 2012, by a narrow 52.7%-47.3% margin, California voters have chosen to retain their state’s death penalty. Texas has executed over 250 prisoners since executions resumed in the USA in 1976 – more than twice as many as any other state.


 2) In Iran, stoning a person to death is not against the law: using the wrong stone is. (so 2 is true)

“The size of the stone used in stoning shall not be too large to kill the convict by one or two throws and at the same time shall not be too small to be called a stone.”
Article 104, Iranian Penal Code


3) Malala Yusufzai has campaigned for girls’ access to education in her region since she was 11 years old, and in October 2012 was shot in the head (and two other classmates attacked) on her way home from school – aged just 14.


4) In 1961 British artist Diana Redhouse designed the logo, inspired by the ancient Chinese proverb “better to light a candle then to curse the darkness”


5) At the latest count Amnesty International did have more than 1.8 million members, supporters and subscribers in over 150 countries and territories in every region of the world. (so True!)


6) Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states…

  • No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.


7) Amnesty International has two main ways of working to achieve human rights for everyone:

Promoting general awareness of human rights

We carry out a wide range of educational activities, promoting the values contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreed human rights standards.

  • We encourage people to accept that all human rights must be protected
  • We encourage governments to accept and enforce international standards of human rights
  • We encourage governments, political organisations, businesses, other groups and individuals to support and respect human rights

Opposing specific abuses of human rights

We undertake research and action focused on stopping abuses of the following rights:

  • Physical and mental integrity
  • Freedom of conscience and expression
  • Freedom from discrimination

So answer two “Taking action whenever human rights abuses occur” does not apply and is the correct answer.


8) Amnesty International was awarded for the Nobel Peace Prize for  “having contributed to securing the grounds for freedom, for justice, and thereby also for peace in the world” in 1977


9)  Peter Benenson launches an ‘Appeal for Amnesty’ with the publication of ‘The Forgotten Prisoners’ in the Observer in 1961


10) Hakamada Iwao is 78 years old. he has been on death row since 1968 – 46 years. See our letters page for more information. Update, March 2014 – Hakamada was released pending a retrial; prosecutors have appealed against that court ruling – so although free he remains in legal limbo.