Who is Amnesty International?
Amnesty International is a non-partisan, global grassroots organization dedicated to sustaining the individual's human rights in the face of governmental power and abuse. Amnesty International accepts no funding from governments and operates as a citizen organization. Its credibility stems from its accuracy, impartiality, and effectiveness. At its London headquarters Amnesty International accumulates and evaluates information about human rights abuses around the world. In recognition of this work, Amnesty received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977.
In addition to its program on behalf of Prisoners-of-Conscience (those imprisoned for the peaceful exercise of their human rights), AI's Mandate calls for fair and prompt trials for political prisoners as well as an end to torture, "disappearances," and executions. Amnesty condemns abuses by all sides in armed conflicts, including non-governmental entities. The other half of Amnesty's work is education--based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Our goal for this chapter is to protect and welcome all-regardless of race, religion, gender, or ethnicity - everyone is welcome to join us. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares that human rights are universal and it is to be enjoyed by all people, no matter who they are or where they live. These standards are upheld here on campus too.
We are a student group focused on raising awareness of, and dedicated to, promoting human rights advocacy. We engage on campus with local, national, and international human rights issues through the framework of Amnesty International. We also aim to collaborate with University entities and engage students in bringing human rights events, including Amnesty's global letter writing campaign, Write for Rights, to our campus and to the broader community.