Our history spans more than 50 years and includes a presence in over 70 countries and 7 million supporters. We defend the human rights of people globally.
Amnesty International USA
Amnesty International is a global movement of ordinary people committed to an extraordinary mission: to build a world in which every person - regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity - enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and other internationally recognized human rights standards. The UDHR states that "the recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights" of all people is "the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world." Amnesty International unites people from all over the world to fight for human rights using our signature tactics:
Amnesty International keeps vigilant watch on the rights of people around the world and publishes hundreds of independent reports based on our rigorous research, free of corporate and government influence.
Through our dynamic campaigns and long-term casework, Amnesty International members propel key human rights concerns and stories of individuals at risk into the glare of the international media and demand the attention of government officials, corporations, international institutions and policy makers.
We combine high-level legislative work, media outreach and grassroots mobilization to shape and promote legislation and policies to advance human rights, protect individuals and free prisoners of conscience.
Today, Amnesty International unites the voices of more than 7 million supporters, activists, and volunteers from over 70 countries to achieve our goals. More than 44,000 people have been freed from prison, saved from torture, or protected from death threats following action by Amnesty International. Together, we have persuaded governments to change their laws and practices, stop torture, commute death sentences and hold accountable those responsible for abuses. We campaigned successfully for the establishment of the International Criminal Court and the United Nations Convention Against Torture. Amnesty International was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its life-saving work. Amnesty International is impartial and not affiliated with any political, religious, or corporate interests.