- Street / Area: Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop
- City: Dakar
- Country: Senegal
- Phonenumber: +221 33 869 30 03
- Website: https://www.amnesty.org
- NGO Africa details: Human rights
- Listed: december 7, 2016 3:00 pm
- Expires: 166 days, 8 hours
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. We are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.
We are funded by members and people like you. We are independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion. No government is beyond scrutiny. No situation is beyond hope.
Few would have predicted when we started that torturers would become international outlaws. That most countries would abolish the death penalty. And seemingly untouchable dictators would be made to answer for their crimes.
What does Amnesty do?
We investigate and expose the facts, whenever and wherever abuses happen.
We lobby governments, and other powerful groups such as companies. Making sure they keep their promises and respect international law.
By telling the powerful stories of the people we work with, we mobilize millions of supporters around the world to campaign for change and to stand in defence of activists on the frontline.
We support people to claim their rights through education and training.
Where it all began
In 1961, British lawyer Peter Benenson was outraged when two Portuguese students were jailed just for raising a toast to freedom. He wrote an article in The Observer newspaper and launched a campaign that provoked an incredible response. Reprinted in newspapers across the world, his call to action sparked the idea that people everywhere can unite in solidarity for justice and freedom.
This inspiring moment didnâ€™t just give birth to an extraordinary movement, it was the start of extraordinary social change.
“Only when the last prisoner of conscience has been freed, when the last torture chamber has been closed, when the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a reality for the worldâ€™s people, will our work be done.”
Over the years, human rights have moved from the fringes to centre stage in world affairs.
Amnesty has grown from seeking the release of political prisoners to upholding the whole spectrum of human rights. Our work protects and empowers people – from abolishing the death penalty to protecting sexual and reproductive rights, and from combatting discrimination to defending refugees and migrantsâ€™ rights. We speak out for anyone and everyone whose freedom and dignity are under threat.
After more than 50 years of groundbreaking achievements, Amnesty has been through a major transformation, adapting to dramatic changes in the world.
We have shifted from a large London base, to open regional offices in cities in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. These offices are major hubs for our investigations, campaigns and communications. The new regional offices strengthen the work of Sections who already work at the national level in more than 70 countries. We can now respond quickly to events wherever they happen, and be a powerful force for freedom and justice.
To stay one step ahead, we are also developing tools using the latest technologies. Such as a mobile phone app that acts as a personal â€˜panic buttonâ€™ for activists at daily risk of being arrested or detained.
Imagine what we can now achieve standing side by side with activists in every corner of the globe. How many more prison doors will open? How many more torturers will be brought to justice? How many more people will realize their rights and live in dignity?
The International Secretariat is responsible for the majority of the organization’s research and leads our campaigning work:
Americas (Mexico City, Mexico)
Address: Calle Luz SaviÃ±on 519 Colonia del Valle, Benito Juarez 03100 Ciudad de Mexico
East Africa (Nairobi, Kenya)
Address: Office: 3rd Flr Parkfield Place, Kanjata Road, off Waiyaki Way Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya / Mailing: PO Box 1527, 00606 Sarit Centre, Nairobi, Kenya
East Asia (Hong Kong)
Telephone: +852 39637100
Fax: +852 39637197
Address: 16/F Siu On Centre, 188 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
London, United Kingdom
Fax number: +44-20-79561157
Address: 1 Easton Street, London, WC1X 0DW, UK
Southern Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Fax number: +27-114471734
Address: 3 on Glenhove, Melrose Estate, 2196, Johannesburg, South Africa
West and Central Africa (Dakar, Senegal)
Telephone: +221 33 869 30 03
Address: Immeuble Seydi Djamil, 3e Ã©tage, Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop x 3 rue Leo Frobenius, P.O. Box 47582, Dakar, Senegal
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