What is Amnesty International?

Amnesty International is a non-governmental organization which has branches all over the world with its International Secretariat in London.
Amnesty International campaigns for the immediate and unconditional release of all prisoners of conscience.
These are people who are imprisoned by reason of their political, religious or other conscientiously held beliefs or by reason of their ethnic origin, sex, colour orlanguage, provided they have not used or advocated violence.
In order to obtain the release of prisoners of conscience, the members of Amnesty International write letters to the authorities and human rights organizations of the countries which detain the prisoners, including those in the members' own country. For some cases they also try to contact the prisoners directly and contact other groups or organizations which are working for the same prisoner or in relation to the targeted country.
By becoming a member of Amnesty, you will receive a monthly Newsletter containing detailed information regarding activities of Amnesty International and including "Urgent Action", a section concerning prisoners whose lives are in danger. By joining our group, you can receive e-mail reports of our meetings, actions to be taken, letters from authorities, letters from prisoners themselves, as well as other related information.