We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion.

Our vision is a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.

Sometimes we go beyond these internationally recognised standards and set our own. We led the campaign for the adoption of the United Nations Convention Against Torture in 1984, and worked with partners to ensure the UN adopted the first ever Arms Trade Treaty in 2013.

Our decades-long campaign has led to the death penalty being abolished in law or practice in two-thirds of the world's countries and we generated the global support needed for the establishment of the International Criminal Court  in 2002 - so that those responsible for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity will face justice.

Our Mission

To achieve our vision we see it as our mission to undertake research and take action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of human rights.

We carry out a wide range of educational activities, promoting the values contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreed human rights standards.

  • We encourage people to accept that all human rights must be protected
  • We encourage governments to accept and enforce international standards of human rights
  • We encourage governments, political organisations, businesses, other groups and individuals to support and respect human rights

Our Values

We are a global movement of seven million men, women and children across the world standing up for humanity and human rights. Our purpose is to protect individuals wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied.

With these values at our heart, we have stopped torture, freed prisoners, prevented executions and saved homes.

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