Amnesty International

Amnesty International
MottoIt is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.[1]
FoundedJuly 1961 by Peter Benenson in the United Kingdom
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
  • Global
ServicesProtecting human rights
FieldsSocial justice, letter-writing campaigns, and human rights awareness
More than 7 million members and supporters[2]
Key people
Salil Shetty (Secretary-General)

Amnesty International (also called AI or Amnesty) is an international organization founded in London in 1961. They promote human rights in accordance with Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international human rights law. This organization was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 and is one of the most widely-known human rights groups in the world. The six key areas that Amnesty International focuses on are refugee rights, the rights of women, children, and of minorities, ending torture, stopping the death penalty, the rights of people imprisoned because of what they believe, and protection of human dignity.

What they believe in

Amnesty International is based on these central ideas:


  1. "History – The Meaning of the Amnesty Candle" . Amnesty International. Archived from the original on 18 June 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2008.
  2. "Who we are" . Amnesty International. Retrieved 16 March 2015.

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