Who we are
We stand with humanity
Within everyone is the power of humanity. This power lifts us all. With it, we can change society for the better.
Together, we act in solidarity and compassion with people everywhere, connected in our shared humanity.
Amnesty International offers a global movement that mobilises the humanity in everyone so that we can all live with care and respect for each other.
We campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all
Amnesty International is funded by people like you. We are independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion. No government is beyond scrutiny. No situation is beyond hope.
Few would have predicted when we started that torturers would become international outlaws. That most countries would abolish the death penalty. And seemingly untouchable dictators would be made to answer for their crimes.
What does Amnesty do?
We investigate human rights abuses and identify solutions to the systemic issues that marginalise groups of people. Amnesty International lobbies governments and other powerful groups, making sure they keep their promises and respect international law.
By telling the stories of the people we work with, we mobilise millions of supporters around the world to campaign for change. We support people to claim their rights through education and training.
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Where it all began.
In 1961, British lawyer Peter Benenson was outraged when two Portuguese students were jailed just for raising a toast to freedom. He wrote an article in The Observer newspaper and launched a campaign that provoked an incredible response. Reprinted in newspapers across the world, his call to action sparked the idea that people everywhere can unite in solidarity for justice and freedom.
This inspiring moment didn’t just give birth to an extraordinary movement, it was the start of extraordinary social change.