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Amnesty UK’s Code of Conduct for Activist Members

At Amnesty UK our activists are vital in all the work we do. From volunteering to representing Amnesty UK in their local communities, being an Amnesty International activist helps us to promote and protect human rights. 

We aim to make change happen, which is why we try and encourage as many people as possible to join our movement. To do this successfully, Amnesty International UK has a Code of Conduct that all activists must abide by. The activist Code of Conduct is designed to provide guidance on the behaviours we need to uphold to ensure that we maintain an open, safe, and welcoming environment for everyone. 

Importance of Amnesty UK's Code of Conduct

Having a Code of Conduct for our members is an important way for Amnesty International UK to promote a culture of respect, inclusion, and accountability within the organisation. Not only does it help to create a positive and professional environment, but by abiding by the Amnesty UK Code of Conduct, our members are behaving in a manner consistent with Amnesty UK’s values and goals.

Overview of Amnesty UK's Code of Conduct

As well as guiding activist behaviour, the Amnesty Code of Conduct describes the values that inform the work and activities of our activists. It is also designed to outline the correct procedures that should be followed by the organisation in instances when complaints or other issues arise. 

Key Principles of the Code of Conduct

The key principles of the Amnesty UK Code of Conduct include: 

  • Behaviour commitments that guide our activists in the course of their work for Amnesty International UK.
  • Dignity in Activism including ensuring that all activists are treated inclusively, equally, and respectfully. 
  • Maintaining confidentiality and protecting sensitive information.
  • Ensuring all activists are complying with laws and regulations.
  • Guidelines for protecting Amnesty International UK’s assets, including intellectual property, reputation, and financial assets.
  • Our commitment to continuous improvement to ensure that the Code of Conduct remains effective and relevant.

Ensuring Safety and Effectiveness in Activism

Abiding by the Amnesty UK Code of Conduct helps promote safety and respect amongst activist members by establishing guidelines for how activists should behave. The Code of Conduct also ensures that everyone is held accountable for their actions. 

Reporting Violations of the Code of Conduct

Any violations of the Code of Conduct will be dealt with following the activist complaints process, which allows for both a formal and informal resolution of complaints depending on the situation.

Upholding Ethics and Human Rights Standards as an Activist

By defining ethical behaviour, the activist code of conduct sets the standards of behaviour within Amnesty International UK. It also helps us to promote and uphold human rights standards within the organisation, reflecting the work that we do to promote and protect human rights on a global scale. 

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