Amnesty International USA
(AI USA) is one of many country sections that make up Amnesty International
Amnesty International is an organization of more than 2.2 million supporters, activists and volunteers in over 150 countries, with complete independence from government, corporate or national interests. Amnesty International works to protect human rights worldwide. Its vision is one of a world in which every person - regardless of race, religion, gender, or ethnicity - enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
and other international human rights standards.
Since its foundation in 1966, the United States section, made up of over 350,000 members, of the nonpartisan
organization has worked to free prisoners of conscience
, oppose torture
, and fight other human rights violations around the world. It seeks to promote human rights in the United States through lobbying and education, and describes itself as working for full human rights for everyone.
Amnesty International USA campaigns strongly against torture
and prisoner abuse
, particularly by United States military forces in Iraq
. The organization has opposed restrictions of human rights as part of the 'War on Terror
', and does not believe that any torture or inhuman treatment is justified by the campaign against terrorism
The organization is currently active in campaigns to stop violence against women
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