Who Needs Amnesty International?

More than half the member states of the United Nations imprison their citizens for their political or religious beliefs. Torture, “disappearances” and executions are widespread. These practices violate human rights, as proclaimed by the United Nations in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and must be stopped.

They can be. In country after country, an ever-growing number of people are taking action to stop human rights violations and prevent their future recurrence. Through their efforts, Amnesty International is demonstrating that the world can change, even against overwhelming odds.

Work together with us for a change. Every individual’s contribution is needed. The more voices there are, the stronger the message. There are now over one million Amnesty International members and supporters in 150 countries working on behalf of thousands of victims of human rights violations.

One important way to add your voice is to join one of the many Amnesty International community groups, such as the Montreal (downtown), Montreal (West Island), Concordia University, McGill University, Amnistie Francophone, Quebec City, or the Eastern Townships groups. (If you live outside of Quebec Province, please click here). Or you could use your special skills or participate individually in a theme network.

Amnesty International is a worldwide voluntary movement that works impartially to prevent violations of people’s fundamental civil and political human rights by governments and opposition groups. We campaign to:

  • free all prisoners of conscience: people detained anywhere for their beliefs or because of their sex, ethnic origin, color, language, national or social origin, economic status, birth, or other status, provided they have not used or advocated violence.
  • ensure fair and prompt trials for political prisoners.
  • abolish the death penalty, torture and other cruel treatment of prisoners.
  • end political killings and “disappearances”.

Because human rights are indivisible and interdependent, we also promote public awareness and understanding of the full range of human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international covenants, conventions and treaties.

AI is a membership movement, independent of any government, political persuasion, and religious creed. AI is funded by its worldwide membership and donors; no funds are sought or accepted from governments.