For more than five decades, Amnesty International has shone a light on the world’s torture chambers and darkest corners – taking action and empowering others to expose and fight injustice globally.

In 2014, we documented human rights violations in 160 countries and territories. We bore witness, we campaigned, we advocated. We spoke out for justice, freedom and dignity.

We kept the spotlight of international attention on the world’s dictators, secret police, torturers and death squads.

We continued to build the long-term future of a truly global human rights movement – one that makes change happen wherever and whenever it is needed.

And we made a positive human rights difference.

All this was made possible thanks to the support and generosity of our members, supporters and donors. Thank you!

THIS GLOBAL FINANCE REPORT IS PART OF OUR COMMITMENT TO BE AS TRANSPARENT AND ACCOUNTABLE AS POSSIBLE.

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Impact

We know from long experience that every individual can make a difference – but millions standing together for freedom, justice and dignity can change the world.

We are always cautious about claiming credit for human rights victories, which often result from many factors and actions. We are usually one of many actors and local partners working on an issue. Securing justice – and offering hope to those whose rights are violated – is also harder to measure than, for example, development aid. Nor is impact always immediate – sometimes change can take years.

Yet there are many stories of change where we believe our contribution was significant.

Be inspired – read more: 24 of our biggest moments in 2014


2014 – despite being a bleak year for human rights – saw many remarkable victories for justice and freedom, and numerous stories of hope. Here are some of the highlights:

Impact for indviduals: Ales Bialiatski, a Belarusian human rights activist who featured in our 2013 Write for Rights campaign, was released after almost three years in prison. Ales said the support of Amnesty International campaigners led to his release: “The thing that made a real difference were the letters I got from ordinary people, and I want to say a special thank you to your activists for that.” –
Country-level impact: The Moroccan parliament voted unanimously to change its rape law, so that rapists can no longer escape punishment by forcing their victims to marry them. It followed tireless campaigning for the family of Amina Filali, who killed herself in 2012 after being forced by law to marry a man she said had raped her.
Global impact: After more than two decades of tireless campaigning by our movement and partners, the Arms Trade Treaty – an international treaty to control the irresponsible flow of arms – became international law. This will help to block the flow of arms to governments that would use them to commit atrocities. It is the first-ever legally binding treaty of its kind – and a testament to the commitment of more than one million activists who campaigned for it.
Global activism: In the lead-up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, more than 336,000 Amnesty International supporters from 112 countries called on President Putin to stop Russia’s crackdown on freedom of speech and expression.
Closer to the ground: Throughout 2014, we worked to strengthen the international in Amnesty International – ensuring a more globally represented movement with more capacity and speed by shifting our centre of gravity to the global South and East. By working closer to the ground and increasing our impact, we are ensuring the most effective use possible of the precious funds raised by our members, supporters and donors. We also invested in building expertise and capacity – including technologically – to respond rapidly and flexibly to human rights violations.

Impartial. Independent. Accurate.

Where our money comes from

Our deeply held core principles of impartiality, independence and accuracy underpin everything we do. This is built on an understanding that all rights must be respected together if we are to achieve a world free from fear and want.

In 2014, we raised €247m for human rights work, an increase from 2013 (€245m).

We received only one restricted donation over €1m: the Norwegian telethon who donated €5m for 2014 (in 2013, they donated €5.9m) which was earmarked for human rights research and campaigning across justice themes.

The vast majority of our income comes from small donations from private individuals.

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We believe, therefore, that we are not unduly influenced in setting our strategic and operational goals.

GLOBAL DONATIONS

More than 2,000,000 individuals donated to Amnesty International in 2014

We do not accept money from governments other than in very limited circumstances, including human rights education, which makes up less than 1% of our total income. We are fully independent of governments, political ideologies, economic interests and religions. Our work relies on individuals like you.

How we spend our money

Our global income is crucial to achieving human rights impact and change.

95% of this income is “unrestricted”. This means we are not asked to use it in a particular way – so we can spend most of our money wherever in the world the need is greatest. 

We have the flexibility to respond quickly to emergencies such as the crisis in Syria. 

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In 2014 our global expenditure was €234m (in 2013, it was €235). The pie chart shows the breakdown of what was spent.

GLOBAL ACTION

On 25 September, the European Commission in an unprecedented step announced that it would use its powers to initiate infringement proceedings against the Czech Republic for breaching European Union (EU) anti-discrimination legislation with respect to segregated education for Roma children. Amnesty International, together with other civil society partners, played a key role in encouraging the Commission to take action through a detailed submission based on evidence, gathered by the organisation for over a decade, of widespread unlawful discrimination against Romani children.

Research. Evidence. Action.

What we spend our money on

Our action for human rights is based on the foundations of high-quality research, evidence and legal analysis.

This is accompanied by effective campaigning action, international solidarity and relentless global pressure to insist that governments live up to the promises made in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Our work covers the whole spectrum of human rights.

The top human rights issues we spent money on in 2014 were defending people from violence — including our work on the death penalty, the arms trade and international justice – and freedom of expression and freedom from discrimination – including our work on individuals at risk.

Almost 16,000,000 actions were taken on behalf of Amnesty International by its global activists in 2014. 

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