Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. Its vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.
Areas of Work
Defenders, death penalty, armed conflict, business and human rights, children’s rights, counter¬terrorism, discrimination, economic, social and cultural rights, freedom of expression, indigenous peoples, international justice, poverty, the rights of refugee, migrant and internally displaced people, sexual orientation and gender identity, and violence against women. Through its campaign to Stop Violence against Women, AI has developed and used campaign tools to highlight the profiles and cases of WHRDs.
Urgent Responses Offered
AI has established a defenders alert mechanism, which includes urgent appeals for WHRDs at risk. It also has an automated system that allows individuals and organizations to send a letter or a petition to a government official from the website.
AI regularly submits urgent appeals to the UN Special Rapporteur and other Rapporteurs depending on the nature of the violation. AI also works with:
- The Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders in Africa
- The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
- EU embassies and other institutions
- Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders
- AI has funds under the relief program that can cover expenses for trial observation.
AI runs a small placement program to help defenders and WHRDs escape dangerous situations. The Amnesty International Spanish section:
- Facilitates the granting of residency permits for defenders and WHRDs to Spain.
- Grants residency permits from three months to one year (permits can be renewed for an additional year, but the protection program of AI lasts from three months to one year only).
- Accompanies WHRDs throughout the process. Provides logistics and material support, including visa applications (can take from two to three months), receiving WHRDs at the airport, and finding accommodation for them and their families.
- Provides medical assistance (physical and psychological).
- Ensures continuation of human rights work (places WHRDs with local chapters and put them in contact with other human rights organizations).
- Places four to five defenders and their families every year.
Most defenders relocated under this program come from Latin America (Colombia). Defenders are selected through the International Secretariat in London and cannot apply directly to the AI Spanish section.
Amnesty International has a relief program that provides funds to individuals in emergency situations:
- Funds can cover a wide range of assistance, including legal aid, emergency flights, basic cost of living, food and shelter, trial observation or security equipment and other support to defenders;
- Funds can also support non-emergency relief applications in the form of limited project and capacity building support to small human rights organizations.
The website is available in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.