What we do
Amnesty International is a campaigning organisation. A worldwide movement of ordinary people campaigning to protect human rights.
We have a vision of a world in which every person enjoys all of the rights stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.
When those human rights are violated, we:
- search out the facts
- expose what is happening
- work with our supporters to mobilise people to put pressure on governments and others to stop the violations.
"Amnesty international is powered by the millions of ordinary people that stand alongside us. The solidarity and passion of our supporters, combined with the power of our analysis, is a potent force. We have a unique ability to reach out and engage people and inspire change around the world."
- Salil Shetty, Amnesty International Secretary General
We are a diverse and democratic movement of people who share fundamental global values – dignity, freedom, justice, equality and a fair go for all.
We are outraged by human rights abuses and create change by inspiring people around the world to take action.
We are part of the global human rights movement defending human rights and dignity.
We call on governments or companies, both overseas and here in New Zealand to uphold, create or change laws or policies that will protect human rights.
We send experts on missions into countries where human rights abuses are occurring to investigate and report, (eg: in places like Syria, Gaza, Pakistan or Egypt).
We work with the world’s media to expose human rights abuses and call the guilty to justice.
We sign petitions, write letters or take online actions directed at governments, groups or individuals.
We support human rights advocates and activists defending human rights in their own countries.
Some facts about Amnesty International:
As a section of Amnesty International globally, Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand operates within a framework set out within an Integrated Strategic Plan, developed internationally with crucial input from employees, volunteers, members and public stakeholders.
From this framework we develop our own Strategic Plan and prioritise specific issues relevant to our region and our members. This plan is approved at our Annual Meeting.
The key directions of the international movement are:
Human rights change
Empower people living in poverty
Defending vulnerable people on the move
Defending people from violence by state and non-state actors
Protecting freedom of expression and freedom from discrimination
Growing and developing the global human rights movement
Building effective partnerships
Promoting human rights to propose and create solutions for governments
Promoting active participation by our members and supporters
Linking local activism with the global movement
Responding to emerging challenges and opportunities
Invest to learn and grow
Invest in volunteers, staff, leadership and systems
Governing our Sections and structures effectively
Making diversity and gender mainstreaming a reality
Leveraging technology to enable change
Building new constituencies and renewing membership
Increasing our donors and growing our resources
Distributing resources strategically
To view all the latest strategic documents click here.
Please note, these links directs you to our Extranet, and you must be a financial member of Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand to access them. To request a username and password to our Extranet, click on "Register a new account" on the home page of the Extranet, and we will approve your registration pending checking your membership status.