Amnesty International


Amnesty International logoAmnesty International (founded 1961) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights.


AIís vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.


In pursuit of this vision, AIís mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights.


Pierre Sane addressing the conference on the International Criminal Court, Rome 1998AI is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. It does not support or oppose any government or political system, nor does it support or oppose the views of the victims whose rights it seeks to protect. It is concerned solely with the impartial protection of human rights.


AI has a varied network of members and supporters around the world. At the latest count, there were more than 1.8 million members, supporters and subscribers in over 150 countries and territories in every region of the world. Although they come from many different backgrounds and have widely different political and religious beliefs, they are united by a determination to work for a world where everyone enjoys human rights.


AI is a democratic, self-governing movement. Major policy decisions are taken by an International Council made up of representatives from all national sections.


Irene Khan speaking on human rights, 5 October 2004AIís national sections and local volunteer groups are primarily responsible for funding the movement. No funds are sought or accepted from governments for AIís work investigating and campaigning against human rights violations.


In 1978 Amnesty International was awarded the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights. One year earlier Amnesty was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.


Officials of Amnesty International are frequently invited to speak on human rights. At the conference establishing the International Criminal Court, then Secretary-General Pierre Sanť addressed the participants. On 5 October 2004 Secretary-General Irene Khan spoke on human rights at the UN Headquarters (UN photo/Ky Chung, 48421).





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