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21 Shocking Amnesty International Campaigns

From Abuse to Abolishing the Death Penalty

— November 30, 2010 — Social Good
Amnesty International campaigns do not only reach many eyes, they also pull the heartstrings of many as well.

Often using disturbing images, these Amnesty International campaigns don't try to hide the ugliness of the horrifying human rights violations they fight against. Rather, the organization chooses to make shock their viewers into action and empathy.

Implications - Though they are undoubtedly the most noble form of advertising, PSAs and campaigns for charitable organizations may be the most difficult to develop. Figuring out how to package particularly harsh, disturbing or generally unpleasant subject matter in a way that is suitable for a wide audience is a difficult task that many ad agencies struggle with. The shock factor is favored in this case, as it drives the noble message home and ensures memorability.
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Fair Trade Bulk Apparel
Fair Trade Bulk Apparel
Epona Clothing Supplies Ethical Tees for Charities, Schools & Businesses
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Amnesty International
Amnesty International
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Spoofing Presidents for Human Rights
Spoofing Presidents for Human Rights
Iran, Russia & USA 'Crazy Leaders'
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Hang Man Cookies
Hang Man Cookies
Gingerbread Human Rights Campaign
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Award-Winning PSAs
Award-Winning PSAs
Animated Amnesty International "Signatures"
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Sewing With Signatures
Sewing With Signatures
Amnesty International: Portrait Shuts Up Dictators
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Human Rights Ads
Human Rights Ads
Amnesty International "Make Some Noise" Campaign
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Melting Execution Ads
Melting Execution Ads
The Amnesty International 'Death Penalty' Ad Puts Heat on Killing Punishment
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Olympic Executions in China
Olympic Executions in China
Amnesty International Shot Ad
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Cakevertising
Cakevertising
Amnesty International Celebrates Its 60th With Symbolic Printed Cakes
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Flags Represent Real World Facts
Flags Represent Real World Facts
Meet the World Flags
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Burning Inhumane Images
Burning Inhumane Images
Amnesty International Picture Campaign
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Camouflaging Human Rights Violations
Camouflaging Human Rights Violations
Amnesty International Flags Campaign
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Water Gun Wars
Water Gun Wars
Soldiers Armed With Super-Soakers in the Amnesty International Ad Campaign
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Ads to Stir Awkward Emotions
Ads to Stir Awkward Emotions
AMAM Against Genital Mutilation
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Battered Self-Portraits
Battered Self-Portraits
'Painsharing' from Franco Mozzillo Reminds Us of the Effects of Abuse
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Immigrant Child Charities
Immigrant Child Charities
Microsoft & Angelina Jolie Help ‘Kids in Need of Defense
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Abusive Wedding Photos
Abusive Wedding Photos
Amnesty Int'l Warns Women to See Signs Before Saying “I Do"
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Ignorance-Themed Activism
Ignorance-Themed Activism
Amnesty International 'Ignore Us' Print Campaign is Provocative
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Chinese Olympic Torture Techniques
Chinese Olympic Torture Techniques
Amnesty International's Beijing Awareness Ad
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Awareness Shocktography
Awareness Shocktography
Nils Vilnis' Domestic Violence Set for Amnesty International
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