Amnesty International's Statute

Amnesty International's purpose and its formal accountability is set out in its Statute.  Key elements include:

Our vision and mission

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 and other international human rights instruments.  In pursuit of this vision, Amnesty International’s mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of these rights.

Our core values

Amnesty International forms a global community of human rights defenders based on the principles of international solidarity, effective action for the individual victim, global coverage, the universality and indivisibility of human rights, impartiality and independence, and democracy and mutual respect.

Our methods

Amnesty International addresses governments, intergovernmental organizations, armed political groups, companies and other non-state actors. Amnesty International seeks to expose human rights abuses accurately, quickly and persistently.

It systematically and impartially researches the facts of individual cases and patterns of human rights abuses. These findings are publicized, and members, supporters and staff mobilize public pressure on governments and others to stop the abuses.  In addition to its work on specific abuses of human rights, Amnesty International urges all governments and all relevant powers to observe the rule of law, and to ratify and implement human rights standards; it carries out a wide range of human rights educational activities; and it encourages intergovernmental organizations, individuals, and all organs of society to support and respect human rights.

Our organization

Amnesty International is an organization based on worldwide voluntary membership and it consists of national branches (sections and structures), international networks, affiliated groups and international members.

Our statutory accountability

Statutory authority for the conduct of the affairs of Amnesty International is vested in our International Council whose primary functions are:

  1. to focus on strategy;
  2. to set Amnesty International’s vision, mission and core values;
  3. to determine Amnesty International’s Integrated Strategic Plan including its financial strategy;
  4. to establish systems and bodies of governance and delegation for the movement, to elect members to those bodies, and to hold those bodies and their members accountable;
  5. to evaluate the movement’s performance against its agreed strategies and plans;
  6. to hold national sections, structures and other bodies accountable.

An International Executive Committee is elected by the International Council to provide leadership and stewardship for the whole of Amnesty International worldwide. Its main functions are:

  1. to take international decisions;
  2. to ensure that there is sound financial policy and that the financial policy is consistently implemented across the international organization;
  3. to ensure implementation of the Integrated Strategic Plan;
  4. to make any necessary adjustments to the Integrated Strategic Plan and other decisions of the International Council;
  5. to ensure compliance with the Statute;
  6. to ensure human resources development;
  7. to hold national sections, structures and other bodies of AI accountable for their functioning by presenting reports to the International Council;
  8. to perform the other functions conferred on it by the Statute.

The day-to-day affairs of Amnesty International are conducted by the International Secretariat headed by a Secretary General under the direction of the International Executive Committee.

For further information please read Amnesty International's full statute and Amnesty International's audited accounts.


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