The Event

This will be a human chain that will be a call for freedom, justice, and peace for all

we welcome refugees
100 years ago the First World War was fought in these mountains. On September 13th it is where 6,000 people will meet and 12,000 hands unite to call for protection for every man, woman, and child on the planet and especially for the millions of refugees trying to find a new life in Europe.

A call for support and protection for those seeking to stand up for human rights and for those caught up in the suffering of war zones . It’s time to act for the millions of people who are fleeing unthinkable violence and abuse in their home countries – from barrel bombing and gas attacks in Syria, to torture and enslavement in Eritrea.

Amnesty International and the NGO Insieme Si Può have come together to work to protect these rights. This is an invitation to you to stand in solidarity and to take action into your own hands.

We believe that the world will be a better place when together, we take injustice personally.

Join us on September 13, 2015 to establish a world of freedom, justice and peace.


We believe in informing people, making them aware of, and educating each individual on the fundamentals of human rights, especially in schools. To deny a person a right means to oppress their freedom to be a human. It is important to find a space of new sensibility that makes us feel the oppression of each individual, whoever that may be or wherever they may come from. This is an injustice that affects all of us.


We promise, with even more determination, to make governments and institutions responsible for acting concretely by promoting and by protecting human rights. This will be done by fighting the exemption of those that are responsible for their violations of human rights. This is going to be implemented in each effort, in all possible forms. It will depend on the organizations and the resources of each state that will initiate cooperation and international justice.


We promote education and mobilization towards respect for human rights because it is directed towards understanding, tolerance, and friendship between all people, all ethnicities and all religions. We want to guarantee everyone human rights because it is the only effective tool that can prevent the rise of conflict and heal tension of violence and of current wars. We guarantee human rights to victims of conflict and refugees who flee from war and political persecution because it is the right possible and necessary action for them. It is an action that builds peace.

10 Focal Points



Human Chain

Seeing the bags of meal passed hand to hand / In close-up by the aid workers, and soldiers / Firing over the mob, I was braced again

With a grip on two sack corners, / Two packed wads of grain I’d worked to lugs / To give me purchase, ready for the heave

The eye-to-eye, one-two, one-two upswing / On to the trailer, then the stoop and drag and drain / Of the next lift. Nothing surpassed

That quick unburdeninbg, backbreak’s truest payback, / A letting go which will not come again. / Or it will, once. And for all.

by Seamus Heaney – Literature Nobel Prize 1995




U2 support Human Chain and the campaign #wewelcomerefugees. See more on their website.

The Edge

“I stand with Amnesty International and offer my support to the Art For Amnesty and Amnesty Italy human chain Read more...

Michael Stipe

I believe in Amnesty International and I support the Human Chain on the Dolomites for human rights and especially refugee’s protection.

Peter Sis

Hello from New York, How did I get here? As a migrant and refugee... Read more

Ensaf Haidar

Amnesty International supporters around the world have campaigned alongside my family and I and are continuing to call for... Read more

Nazanin Boniadi

This is Nazanin Boniadi and I stand with you and Amnesty International for human rights.
Iranian actress emigrated to the USA

Joan Baez

Joan Baez has dedicated most of her life to non-violence, and civil and human rights activism. She has participated in marches for civil rights alongside... Read more

Colum McCann

"I stand shoulder to shoulder with Amnesty and the thousands of migrants fleeing persecution around the world. I am reminded of the words of Osip Mandlestam: "We must love this poor earth, for we have not seen another."

Patti Smith

Patti Smith, met in Berlin during Amnesty International "The Ambassador Of Conscience Award", support the human chain for protection and freedom of refugees.

Wu’er Kaixi

Peace and prosperity for all mankind hinges on the protection of Human Rights. And Human Rights are like a network of countless links. Each and every one of us is protected by it and we all play a role in making the link stronger. Take your part in the link!
Tienanmen student leader and Chinese dissident