To mark the occasion, the Foreign Secretary, William Hague said:
“For 50 years, Amnesty International has been amplifying the voices of individuals who might otherwise struggle to be heard. I congratulate Amnesty and its members on their achievements over years of tireless campaigning. Their work to protect and promote human rights, often at risk to themselves, has resulted in many lives saved and prisoners of conscience released.
“As we have seen with recent events in the Middle East and North Africa, the role of Amnesty International and other civil society organisations remains important in today’s world. I wish Amnesty continued success in the future.”