About Amnesty International
Founded in London in 1961, Amnesty International is a Nobel Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with over 1.8 million members worldwide. Amnesty International undertakes 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. Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is the U.S. Section of Amnesty International.
Human rights are the basic freedoms and protections that people are entitled to simply because they are human beings.
Human Rights are Universal
They belong to everyone, regardless of their race, sexuality, citizenship, gender, nationality, ethnicity, or abilities.
Human Rights are Inherent
We are all born with human rights. They belong to people simply because they are human beings.
Human Rights are Inalienable
They cannot be taken away – period. No person, corporation, organization, or even government can deprive another person of his or her rights.
Human Rights can be Violated
Although they are inalienable, they are not invulnerable. Violations can stop people from enjoying their rights, but they do not stop the rights from existing.
Human Rights are Essential
They are essential for freedom, justice, and peace.