August 22 2017

The role of Amnesty International in protecting human rights

As the world claimed to be democratic and governed as per the will of people, some nations have demonstrated their dedication and will to follow through, and to ensure that this is achieved.

While the remaining ones still wonder on which way to go, at the mean time, the citizens are suffering, leaders holding onto power and looting the country’s only resources, the only remaining hope for the future generation.

But thanks to global families, they never stay quiet when such things happen. Through organizations such Amnesty International, such countries are holding liable to protecting their citizens and respecting each one’s rights.

Amnesty International works just like Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund formed by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin; it unearths grave abuse of human rights and reports it to the authorities.

Amnesty History

Amnesty International is commonly known as AI, or simply Amnesty is an international non-governmental organization specializing in fighting practices that abuse human rights. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: and

The organization was founded over five decades ago (1961) by an attorney named Peter Benenson.

AI pride itself of over 7 million supporters all over the world and group of active activists in over 150 countries. The organization is headquartered in London, England, United Kingdom.

Benenson was angered by regular news of people being tortured, executed or put in prison just because their opinions or religion differed from their government.

And ever since, this has been the mission of the Amnesty to be the ultimate voice to those oppressed by their governments.

Core principles of the Amnesty

AI mainly works to alleviate the pain of prisoners of conscience. They are fighting against ban on freedom of expression.

  • Non-intervention on any political matters
  • Conducting own research on various human rights abuse cases
  • Promoting and making sure that every nation respects human rights
  • Amnesty International also opposes any form of capital punishments regardless of type of the crime committed.

AI’s objectives

Amnesty envisions the world where every person enjoys all the human rights stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as other international organizations human rights.

Besides targeting the governments primarily, Amnesty International also reports on other non-governmental and even individuals.

Within their objectives, they have six crucial areas;

  • Ending human torture
  • Aims at protecting human dignity
  • Protecting freedom of expression
  • Fight against capital punishment/death penalty
  • Protecting women, children, minority groups
  • Protecting right of the refugees.

They also have specific goals such as ensuring that all children have access to free education, legalizing abortion, ending use of the children as soldiers, promoting religious tolerance, bring to an end extra-killing during armed conflicts, uphold the rights of the immigrants and the asylum seekers among others.

About Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

This foundation is tasked with helping other activists and groups fighting for immigrants’ rights. The two reporters, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin channeled $3.75 million to the fund. They also help advocate for freedom of speech all over Arizona.

The two reporters are also the founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media.