When it comes to defending human rights, there is no organization I trust more than Amnesty International.
That's why I'm honored to join Patti Smith, the Dave Matthews Band, Adele, My Morning Jacket and a host of other artists for the upcoming tribute album Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International.
Amnesty understands that defending human rights requires vigilance, doggedness and a strong, global force for good. Right now Amnesty faces multiple, urgent human rights crises and needs your immediate financial support to tackle them head on.
Dozens of health professionals were arrested in March, apparently for treating wounded protestors in Bahrain. In September a military court found 20 of these doctors and health workers guilty of "inciting hatred of the regime" and "occupying the hospital by force."
The verdict brought prison sentences of 5-15 years. The health professionals are currently appealing the convictions.
Journalists threatened in Russia. Little progress has been made to increase the safety of journalists and human rights defenders who have the courage to expose abuses in Russia.
At least three high profile attacks, including the abduction and murder of human rights defender Natalia Estemirova, remain unsolved and uninvestigated.
Crackdown on human rights lawyers in China. Lawyers that challenge the government in court are threatened with suspension, disbarment and even criminal punishment. Where threats fail, lawyers are labeled dissidents and targeted with state violence. Human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng has been forcibly disappeared for more than a year.
These assaults on human rights must not go unanswered. Don't let the brave individuals I've highlighted become casualties of our silence and indifference.