Millions of people around the world are deprived of their human rights. They are discriminated against, wrongly imprisoned, tortured and killed. They are prevented from informing and expressing themselves, meeting freely or practicing their beliefs. They are deprived of food and water, health care, education, work or a home. These individuals are deprived of human dignity by governments, by big corporations, by armed groups and even by family members. The chains are visible and obvious, other times they are secret and insidious.
This injustice must stop. And ordinary people working together have the power to stop it.
Amnesty International was founded in 1961 by Peter Benenson. Today as we celebrate 50 years of defending human rights, we have become a global movement of over 3 million supporters; individuals, working together to make a difference.
Amnesty International fights injustice around the world, every day. We respond to human rights violations and crises when and where they occur, working tirelessly to prevent situations reaching crisis point.
We are currently focusing on the issues of Refugee's Human Rights. Millions of people around the world flee persecution and conflict in their homelands to seek asylum in other countries and rebuild their lives.
Other campaigns we are working on include Human Dignity and Indigenous Rights, Abolition of the Death Penalty and Counter Terror with Justice. At the heart of Amnesty’s work is our Individuals at Risk program. We defend those who endure first-hand the failure of governments and authorities to respect their human rights.
We also have a human rights education program aimed at promoting a greater focus on human rights in schools.
The majority of our income comes from individuals, allowing us to maintain full independence from any and all governments, political ideologies, economic interests or religions. We neither seek nor accept any funds for human rights research from governments or political parties and we accept support only from businesses that have been carefully vetted.
A gift in your will really can help save lives. Please consider a bequest to Amnesty International Australia and let your voice live on.