About Amnesty International

Until every person can enjoy all of their rights, we will continue our efforts. We will not stop until everyone can live in dignity; until every person’s voice can be heard; until no one is tortured or executed.

Our members are the cornerstone of these efforts. They take up human rights issues through letter-writing, online and offline campaigning, demonstrations, vigils and direct lobbying of those with power and influence.

Locally, nationally and globally, we join together to mobilize public pressure and show international solidarity.

Together, we make a difference.

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Your little letters and cards are like bombs when they drop into the offices of ministers and government officials. When the cards and letters arrived into our barracks they were like rays of sunshine. We need the sunshine... Please keep up your work for Amnesty International
Sanar Yurdatapan, former prisoner of conscience in Turkey


At the heart of Amnesty International is this idea: that we are at our most powerful when we stand together for human rights. We work together in many different ways, so that all our supporters can be involved, wherever they live and whatever their age, background or skills.
Our movement is driven by our members, supporters, our more than 1,800 staff members and hundreds of volunteers around the world.
Together we campaign to:

  • defend freedom of expression
  • protect women’s rights
  • abolish the death penalty
  • demand justice for crimes against humanity
  • demand corporate accountability where companies have abused people’s rights

Campaigning can change lives – of the survivors of human rights abuses, of the human rights activists, even of the abusers.
Donate now, and you can help us keep up the pressure, changing minds and changing lives.


We are democratic and self-governing – every member has a say in deciding what we do and how we do it.

Amnesty International is:

  • independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion
  • financially autonomous, thanks to the generous support of donations from individual members and supporters

We do not support or oppose any government or political system and neither do we necessarily support or oppose the views of those whose rights we seek to protect.


In order for Amnesty International to maintain its impartiality and independence, we choose only accept funding from governments and the private (corporate) sector in exceptional circumstances. Our two main sources of income are the general public (individuals) and external grant-making bodies such as trusts and foundations. In addition to more than 3 million members and supporters around the world, the work of the International Secretariat is currently supported by:

  • Comic Relief
  • Ford Foundation
  • Open Society Foundations - Central Eurasia Project and President's Discretionary Fund
  • Google Impact Challenge
  • Microsoft
  • NRK Telethon
  • Swedish Postcode Lottery

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Good news

Political prisoner release should prompt continued pressure on Myanmar

14 October 2011

Three prisoners of conscience for whom Amnesty International has campaigned for years have been released.

Ugandan gay rights activist wins top human rights award

13 October 2011

Ugandan LGBT activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has been awarded the 2011 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.

Syrian woman activist wins human rights award

7 October 2011

Razan Zaitouneh, who was forced into hiding after defying the Syrian authorities' crackdown on dissent, has won the 2011 Anna Politkovskaya Award.