“We are a campaigning organisation; it's what we do. Our purpose is to protect people wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied.”
three million members, supporters and activists in over 150 countries and territories, and offices in more than 80 countries. The UK section has 211 paid staff (full time equivalent: 182.6) and an annual income of £23.7m.
It has 227,459 financial supporters, of which 146,200 pay a regular membership subscription.* The international secretariat, based in London, is responsible for the majority of the organisation’s research and leads its campaigning work. The international executive committee is the global board, meeting throughout the year, to which national sections send delegates.
Amnesty International is funded through its membership and public donations.
Salil Shetty, secretary general, Amnesty International
Kate Allen, director, Amnesty International UK
After hearing about two Portuguese students imprisoned for raising a toast to freedom in 1961, British lawyer Peter Benenson published an article –The Forgotten Prisoners – in the Observer newspaper.
That article launched the Appeal for Amnesty 1961, a worldwide campaign that provoked a remarkable response. Reprinted in newspapers across the world, Benenson’s call to action resonated with the values and aspirations of people everywhere. This was the genesis of Amnesty International, which went on to win the Nobel peace prize in 1977 for its campaign against torture.
Human rights: including arms and security, the death penalty, refugees, poverty and women’s rights.
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