Amnesty International is a democratic worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights to be respected and protected for everyone. We believe human rights abuses anywhere are the concern of people everywhere. So, outraged by human rights abuses but inspired by hope for a better world, we work to improve people’s lives through campaigning and international solidarity. Work with us to be a part of our present and help us build our future.
Our mission is to conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated. Our grassroots members and supporters exert influence on governments, political bodies, corporations and intergovernmental groups. Activists take up human rights issues by mobilizing public pressure through mass demonstrations, vigils and direct lobbying as well as through online and offline campaigning. Thousands of Amnesty International members respond to Urgent Action appeals on behalf of individuals at immediate risk. Publicity through the news media and the internet takes our message in many languages to millions of people.
"When the first two hundred letters came, the guards gave me back my clothes. Then the next two hundred letters came, and the prison director came to see me. When the next pile of letters arrived, the director got in touch with his superior. The letters kept coming: three thousand of them. The President was informed. The letters still kept arriving and the President called the prison and told them to let me go."
Letter from a former prisoner of conscience from the Dominican Republic
Our campaigning remains firmly rooted in the power of individuals working with and for others who need protection or support. Working with and for individuals the world over, we campaign so that every person may enjoy all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We undertake impartial research and take action aimed at preventing and ending grave abuses of these rights, demanding that all governments and other powerful entities respect the rule of law. It means we work globally and locally wherever we can make a difference.
The International Secretariat is mid-way through an ambitious programme of change to increase Amnesty International’s human rights impact and growth, particularly in the global South and East. Ultimately this will achieve a new global organization structure with a much greater distributed, but integrated, centre working more closely with rights-holders and local partners.
In this future, we see an Amnesty International team – members and staff – that is increasingly representative of those whom we serve, and standing alongside them wherever they are. We see us matching our strength and conviction in the global North with membership, support and action in the global South and East, combining our efforts to be more relevant, more influential and having greater impact.
As well as implementing a global model to re-organize our work and our structure to ensure we achieve the greatest results in the most effective manner it also involves our increased presence “closer to the ground”. The creation of new regional hubs across Africa, Asia and the Americas will help us to respond more quickly, gather stronger evidence and foster closer relations with key partners. A regional hub will be a full-capability presence that has responsibility for a defined geographical region at the sub-continental level with governance oversight by a regional management team with overall operational leadership under the direction of our Senior Leadership team.