Our vision, mission and values

9 April 2015, 10:12 UTC | New Zealand
© Tal Silverman for Amnesty International

Amnesty International is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. We are a member-led movement of individuals who take injustice personally.

Our Vision

Our vision is a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.

We set new standards for human rights. We led the campaign for the adoption of the United Nations Convention Against Torture in 1984, and worked with partners to ensure the UN adopted the first ever Arms Trade Treaty in 2013.

Our decades-long campaign has led to the death penalty being abolished in law or practice in two-thirds of the world's countries. In 2002 we generated the global support needed for the establishment of the International Criminal Court - so that those responsible for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity will face justice.

Our Nobel Prize winning movement of over seven million individuals grows stronger with your activism and support.

Our Mission

To achieve our vision, our mission is to research and take action to prevent and put an end to grave abuses of human rights - whenever and wherever they occur. We use our evidence to save lives. We advocate for change and provide human rights education to make sure people know their rights and can access them.

Our Values

We are a global movement of over seven million men, women and children across the world who protect human dignity and defend human rights. Our purpose is to protect people wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied.

With these values at our heart, we have stopped torture, freed prisoners, protected free speech, prevented executions, reunited families, and saved homes.

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