Do Amnesty International Campaigns Work?

A very Read, find time to read the ungated version of the research.

Waylaid Dialectic


I’ve been a member (if that’s what my donations made me) of Amnesty International in the past and will likely rejoin once I have an income again. I support their view of a world where Human Rights are respected. I have always wondered though whether their campaigning on behalf of political prisoners in repressive regimes ever made much of a difference. Not because I think anything bad of Amnesty but success in this is a very hard ask.

Some suggestive evidence from the latest British Journal of Political Science. (Although, caveat lector, I haven’t read the article yet):

When Is the Pen Truly Mighty? Regime Type and the Efficacy of Naming and Shaming in Curbing Human Rights Abuses

Cullen S. Hendrix and Wendy H. Wong July 2013 British Journal of Political Science, ,Volume43, Issue03, July 2013 pp 651-672 http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0007123412000488

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