To celebrate our 50th year, we’ve created a new video that represents our story, what we stand for, and all we still have to achieve together:


What we stand for

Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people campaigning to protect human rights. We have a vision of a world in which every person enjoys all of the rights stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.

Amnesty International candle formation

When those human rights are violated, we:

  • Search out the facts
  • Expose what is happening
  • Mobilise people to put pressure on governments and others to stop the violations.

Around the world we protect people and communities who come under attack, encourage governments and others to respect human rights and raise awareness of the international standards that protect us all.

Who we are

  • We are a diverse and democratic movement of people who share fundamental global values - dignity, freedom, justice, equality and a fair go for all.
  • We are outraged by human rights abuses and create change by inspiring people around the world to take action.
  • We demand, and hold to account, governments and other decision-makers to protect and respect human rights.
  • We are an international movement that speaks out with one voice without compromise or fear to help protect human rights.
  • We are a grass-roots organisation founded in 1961 - truly independent of government, business, religion or political groups.
  • We work for and with individuals - to give voice, to stand along side and to secure fundamental human rights for all.
  • We work collaboratively and in partnership with others to achieve our shared human rights outcomes.
"Your organisation has done more for political prisoners around the world than any other organisation and we appreciate it."
Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi

What we do

  • We call on governments or companies to uphold, create or change laws or policies that will protect human rights.
  • We send experts on missions into countries where human rights abuses are occurring to investigate and report, (eg: in places like Syria, Gaza, Pakistan or Egypt).
  • We work with the worlds media to expose human rights abuses and call the guilty to justice.
  • Our supporters sign petitions, write letters or take online actions directed at governments, groups or individuals.
  • We support human rights advocates and activists defending human rights in their own countries.
  • Our sections around the world campaign in their countries on global and local issues.

The facts

Amnesty International is:

  • The world’s largest human rights organisation.
  • A global movement of 4.6 million supporters across 150 countries.
  • Over 250,000 supporters in Australia working to defend human rights and dignity.
  • Amnesty International's independence is a vital part of our effectiveness. We do not accept any money from governments or political parties, allowing us to maintain full independence from any governments, political ideologies, economic interests or religions.
  • Amnesty International's campaigns are thoroughly researched and based on facts. We monitor thousands of media outlets, and send representatives to observe political trials, monitor the treatment of prisoners and talk with victims and their families.
  • Amnesty International’s research is recognised globally for its reliability. We are consulted by governments, inter-governmental organisations, journalists, scholars and other human rights organisations and campaigning groups.
  • Amnesty International has a record of real achievement. We know this because the people we are trying to help have told us about the effect Amnesty efforts have had on their lives.

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