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Founded in London in 1961, Amnesty International is a Nobel Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with over 1.8 million members in over 150 countries who campaign for human rights and against their abuse. 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.
Amnesty International works to expose and stop specific cases of human rights violations – discrimination, abduction, unjust imprisonment, torture, and executions. Amnesty also fights for the recognition and fulfillment of basic human rights like food, housing, education and adequate health care.
Amnesty International employs a full-time staff of over 400 experts to monitor human rights conditions worldwide and design strategies to end abuses. Supported by specialists in law, medicine, media, and technology, this staff identifies perilous situations, individuals at risk of abuse and patterns of violence. To redress these wrongs, we organize letter-writing campaigns, lobby governments and ambassadors globally for change, publicize the conditions of human rights violations, and organize events advocating change. One of out best tools is the Urgent Action Network: some 80,000 dedicated volunteers in 85 countries who write, email, fax, or phone government authorities, urging them to end human rights violations immediately. Amnesty International’s Online Action Center brings together thousands of others to take action through the internet.
Amnesty International is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) accepts no funds from any government and is supported entirely by individuals like you. AIUSA is the U.S. Section of Amnesty International.
Upon awarding Amnesty the Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Committee credited Amnesty with having “…contributed to securing ground for freedom, for justice, and thereby also for peace in the world."
Since its inception in 1961, Amnesty International has helped free over 45,000 prisoners of conscience worldwide, among them Vaclav Havel (Czech Republic) and Kim Dae-Jung (S. Korea), who went on to become leaders of their nations. Our actions have helped efforts to prosecute former heads of state like General Augusto Pinochet and Slobodan Milosevic. Our campaign against torture led to UN adoption of the Convention Against Torture.
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Human Rights Headlines
Amnesty press officers worldwide work with journalists to bring to the public's attention breaking developments on serious human rights concerns. By supporting our media outreach, you'll help us bring critical rights issues into focus for the public and policy makers, raise the profile of urgent human rights cases and sound the alarm for global action to stop abuses.
Show Them the Ropes
1 Activist Toolkit
Making a difference for human rights requires training and resources. That's why Amnesty has developed a special, in-depth toolkit to show new volunteers how to become effective activists and organizers. $5 will cover the cost of printing and shipping an activist toolkit to 1 volunteer and provide her with the tools she needs to begin promoting human rights on campuses and in communities nationwide.
Rights = Less Poverty
Support Amnesty International as we initiate the biggest piece of research, campaigning and empowerment work in our history as part of the Demand Dignity campaign. Building on 50 years of rigorous and impartial investigation into human rights abuses and successful lobbying of governments and the UN to improve international and domestic laws and demand accountability when they are broken, Amnesty will work to shift the...
Alert the Network
One month of messages
Pay for a month’s worth of messages to be sent as part of an Urgent Action campaign to save someone in imminent danger of torture or facing death. Amnesty International's global Urgent Action network provides an effective and rapid means of preventing some of the most life-threatening human rights violations against individuals. As soon as Amnesty learns that a person is in danger of human...