How we are governed

10 April 2015, 11:39 UTC | New Zealand
ICM 2011 © Karen Veldkamp / Amnesty International

Amnesty International in New Zealand

Amnesty International is a movement of seven million people in over 150 countries around the world. Our section here in New Zealand works with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region. We are a democratic movement, and accountable to our members and stakeholders.

Each national section of the movement meets every year and invites its members to speak and engage in any decisions made. Members elect a governance team which we refer to as our Board, and submit resolutions to vote upon and adopt. Amnesty International New Zealand is led by both the Board and a senior management team headed by our chief executive.

All sections are accountable through the International Council Meeting and International Board.

The International Council Meeting and International Board

The International Council Meeting (ICM) is the highest decision-making body of the movement. Held every two years, it allows representatives from Amnesty International sections worldwide to vote on the movement's direction.

A key purpose of the ICM is the election of the International Board. This is a group of eight members who volunteer to work together to govern the movement between Council meetings. It alone has the authority to amend Amnesty International’s statute.

Our Secretary General and International Secretariat

Our International Secretariat actions the decisions made at the International Council Meeting. It provides research and campaign direction to sections around the world. The Secretariat cannot make fundamental policy decisions, but is responsible for guiding Amnesty International’s day-to-day work.

The Secretariat gives us the majority of our research. It issues our urgent actions and sets international campaign strategies. These are then translated into a New Zealand context.

The Secretariat is headed by our Secretary General, who is appointed by the International Executive Committee. The Secretary General conducts the day-to-day international affairs of Amnesty International. Our current Secretary General, Salil Shetty, was appointed in 2010.

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