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Amnesty International

Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights.

AI’s vision is of 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. In pursuit of this vision, AI’s mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights. AI is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. It does not support or oppose any government or political system, nor does it support or oppose the views of the victims whose rights it seeks to protect. It is concerned solely with the impartial protection of human rights. AI is a democratic, self-governing movement. Major policy decisions are taken by an International Council made up of representatives from all national sections.

Contact Information

Address: 131 Tower Street, c/o IJHCR, Kingston, Jamaica
Phone: (876) 967-1204
Fax: (876) 967-0571
Open: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Contact: Ms. Nancy Anderson
Phone: (876) 967-1204
Fax: (876) 967-0571

The International Secretariat, as part of the Amnesty International movement and in solidarity with those who face human rights abuses, works to:

  1. Combat human rights abuses and help create a world where human rights are respected;

  2. Strengthen the global community working for the defense and promotion of human rights; and

  3. Ensure that perpetrators are held accountable for human rights abuses

Whenever Amnesty International establishes that action is needed to protect people whose rights have been abused, it mobilizes its membership. By searching out the facts, sending experts to talk with victims, observe trials and interview local human rights activists and officials. Monitor media outlets and maintain contact with reliable sources of information all over the world

Amnesty International works independently and impartially to promote respect for all the human rights set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  It concentrates on ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination.

Historically, the main focus of Amnesty International's campaigning has been:

  1. To free all prisoners of conscience;

  2. To ensure a prompt and fair trial for all political prisoners;

  3. To abolish the death penalty, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment;

  4. To end extrajudicial executions and "disappearances"; and

  5. To fight impunity by working to ensure perpetrators of such abuses are brought to justice in accordance with international standards.

Over the years Amnesty International has expanded this mandate to encompass human rights abuses committed by non governmental bodies and private individuals (non state actors). It opposes abuses by armed political groups (in control of territory or operating in opposition to governments), such as hostage taking, torture and unlawful killings. It opposes human rights abuses against civilians and non combatants by both sides during armed conflict. Amnesty International has also targeted abuses in the home or community where governments have been complicit or have failed to take effective action.