About Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards.

In particular, Amnesty International campaigns to:

  • free all prisoners of conscience;
  • ensure fair and prompt trials for political prisoners;
  • abolish the death penalty, torture and other cruel treatment of prisoners;
  • end political killings and "disappearances";
  • and oppose human rights abuses by opposition groups.

Members

Amnesty International 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.

Activities

Activities range from public demonstrations to letter-writing, from human rights education to fundraising concerts, from individual appeals on a particular case to global campaigns on a particular issue.

Activities range from public demonstrations to letter-writing, from human rights education to fundraising concerts, from individual appeals on a particular case to global campaigns on a particular issue.

Kids in a village outside Basra © Terry J. Allen

The EU Office

Amnesty International's EU Office focuses on a range of EU policies including:

  • Human rights in EU Member States and Accession countries;
  • Human rights in EU foreign policy;
  • Security and human rights;
  • Asylum and refugee protection;
  • Judicial and police co-operation;
  • Human rights and the arms trade;
  • Co-operation and assistance programs.

Amnesty International is impartial and independent of any government, political persuasion or religious creed. It does not support or oppose any government or political system, nor does it necessarily support the views of the victims whose rights it seeks to protect.

To ensure its independence, it does not seek or accept money from governments or political parties for its work in documenting and campaigning against human rights abuses. In particular the EU office is funded by the AI national sections in EU Member States.

You can read more about Amnesty International and its statute on the International Secretariat of AI's website.

Amnesty International EU Office financial reports 2003, 2004 and 2005.