Code of Conduct for International Members
It is important to read and understand the Code of Conduct for an International Member before becoming an officially recognized International Member of Amnesty International.
The struggle for human rights must be truly international. This is because human rights are universal and a worldwide outcry can promote and defend human rights most effectively. These responsibilities and points of conduct are designed to safeguard Amnesty International's impartiality, independence and consistency upon which its effectiveness depends. They are also designed to safeguard the International Member, as it is through international solidarity we can protect each other.
In order to function most effectively as a human rights movement, the members of Amnesty International have agreed to adhere strictly to three fundamental responsibilities:
1 - International members will not represent Amnesty International
International Members will not act as official representatives, nor speak on behalf of or in the name of Amnesty International. This stipulation seeks to protect the individual from persecution and reprisals and keeps Amnesty International's message consistent and effective.
2 - International Members will only work on material generated by AI's International Secretariat
The international pressure generated by Amnesty International can never be really effective unless it is well coordinated and reflects the accuracy of the organization's research. To achieve this, the membership has given its International Secretariat the responsibility for providing reliable information and working out general strategies. By working exclusively on the basis of material from the International Secretariat, members know that they are contributing to the effectiveness of a global campaign.
3 - International Members will conduct themselves in an ethical, responsible and respectable manner and not engage in or write offensive material
The International Secretariat is responsible for maintaining this Code of Conduct.
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