Who we are

3 December 2018, 16:11 UTC | New Zealand

Amnesty International is a global movement of individuals who protect and defend human rights. We campaign for justice wherever it has been denied and protect people, defending their right to freedom, truth and dignity.

We do this by investigating and exposing abuses, mobilising our movement of over 7 million supporters from 150 countries worldwide to take action. We send experts to investigate and report wherever human rights abuses occur, working with thousands of international media outlets to expose the guilty and call them to justice.

We support advocates and activists defending human rights in their own countries. We put pressure on offending governments, groups and individuals to ensure they uphold, create or change laws to protect human rights. We educate present and future generations, so that one day, the dream of human rights for all can become a reality.

Amnesty International is impartial and does not accept any money from governments or political parties. This allows us to maintain full independence from any governments, political ideologies, economic interests or religions.

"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

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