ABOUT
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

We are global.

We take injustice personally.
Amnesty International’s 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, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, political affiliations, wealth, language, place of residence, mental or physical disability, or any other status.

Amnesty International’s 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, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, political affiliations, wealth, language, place of residence, mental or physical disability, or any other status.

 

What We Stand For

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International solidarity

Amnesty International was founded with the belief that the protection of human rights is a global responsibility.
Our members come from many different cultures and backgrounds, with widely different beliefs, united by a determination to work towards a world where everyone enjoys their human rights without discrimination.

2

Effective action for the individual victim

Everything we do affects the fate of real men, women and children, whether this be campaigning, appeals and letters, or attempting to change laws and policies. Even when dealing with atrocities on a massive scale, we always remember that these people are not just statistics. They have names. They have dates of birth. They have histories. And each has a right to justice.

3

Global coverage

Amnesty International is committed to working for human rights everywhere.
The victims we defend are under all kinds of governments, with some in the spotlight of media coverage and others whose suffering is ignored by the world at large. We never make comparisons between countries, instead addressing human rights abuses according to their severity.

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The universality and indivisibility of human rights

We are all born free and equal in dignity and rights, meaning that no matter your race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, political or other opinion, national or social origin, human rights are the same for all. To live in dignity, human beings are entitled to freedom, security and decent standards of living – human rights are indivisible.

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Impartiality and independence

We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. We don’t support or oppose any government or political system, or even necessarily support the views of victims we defend. The majority of our money comes from individuals and supporters. In this way, we are able to focus on the premise of our work, simply: all people are entitled to the rights described in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Democracy and mutual respect

Amnesty International is a democratic, self-governing movement, which answers only to its own worldwide membership.

Our Vision

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

Our Mission

In pursuit of this vision, our 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 our work to promote all human rights.