Frequently asked questions
|Annual general meeting, Wellington 2011. © Amnesty International|
prisoners and others suffering human rights abuses and their representatives
survivors of abuse and their families
lawyers and journalists
religious bodies and community workers
humanitarian agencies and other human rights organizations
human rights defenders
We monitor thousands of media outlets, and gather information from government bulletins, legal documents, medical reports and our contact with reliable sources of information all over the world. We send representatives to observe political trials, monitor the treatment of prisoners and talk with victims and their families.
Before any statement, publication or report is issued, its text is subject to close review to ensure it is factually accurate, politically impartial and consistent with Amnesty International's mission. When Amnesty International deals with allegations rather than undisputed facts, it makes this clear in its findings and may call for an investigation. If Amnesty International makes a mistake, it issues a correction. As a result, Amnesty International's research is recognised globally for its reliability. We are consulted widely including by governments, intergovernmental organisations, journalists, scholars and other human rights organisations and campaigning groups.
If Amnesty International is denied official access to a country, research teams may have to rely on sources of information outside the country, including news media reports, experts, refugees, diplomatic representatives and human rights defenders.
We strategically involve ourselves in campaigns that play to our strength as a country based in the Asia-Pacific. Our timeline position in the world is a key opportunity for us –
- Amongst the first to respond to urgent action requests
- Torture, death, disappearance etc more likely to occur within the first 24 hours, making those early days of response vital
- In almost 40% of urgent actions we notice some improvement, i.e freedom, access to medical help, lawyers and or family, and torture stops if it has started.
- Within our Demand Dignity campaign, which seeks to counter the human rights abuses that feed or cause poverty, we will be undertaking more research and campaigning in the Pacific, and particularly on the rights to safe motherhood and adequate housing.
- In 2011 we collected 21,000-plus signatures calling on Pacific Leaders to "Change the lights on Women's Rights. Kiribati’s President Anote Tong accepted Amnesty’s petition on the evening of Thursday 8th of September, 2011.
- We add local angles to relevant campaigns, for example we participate in White Ribbon Day as part of our ongoing Stop Violence against Women campaign, particularly working on behalf of women's rights in the Pacific and Asia.
- We are active in a quarter of all high schools throughout New Zealand, building leadership and campaigning skills and educating about human rights.
- We consistently lobby our government on human rights violations here and overseas, and to ensure that New Zealand maintains its status as a good global citizen.
- We involve ourselves with lobbying for the rights of asylum-seekers and refugees in New Zealand.
- We partner with other organisations and coalitions to strengthen and develop the existing human rights network.