Amnesty International Ireland is the country’s largest human rights organisation with over 15,000 members and supporters. We are part of a global movement of more than 3.2 million people working in more than 150 countries around the world.
We are independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion. We do not support or oppose any government or political system.
Our sole concern is the protection of the fundamental human rights guaranteed to each one of us by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Amnesty International Ireland takes part in a number of global campaigns:
- Forced evictions;
- Human rights in the Middle East and North Africa;
- Abolish the death penalty;
- End FGM in Europe.
More than a billion people around the world live in slums and informal settlements. They live in constant fear of forced evictions - being thrown out of their homes with little notice, compensation or alternative housing. Our particular focus is on Roma communities in Italy, who face intense discrimination from the authorities.
The last two years have seen millions of people take to the streets demanding change across the Middle East and North Africa. They were met with violence, imprisonment and torture simply for demanding their fundamental human rights. We work with human rights activists in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and other places where change is happening - however slowly - and to expose the abuses committed by both sides in the terrible conflict in Syria.
The death penalty is the ultimate, irreversible denial of human rights. By working towards the abolition of the death penalty worldwide, Amnesty International's campaign looks to end the cycle of violence created by a system riddled with economic and racial bias, and tainted with human error.
The END FGM campaign is a three-year Europe-wide campaign led by Amnesty International Ireland. It is running in partnership with non-governmental organisations that work directly with national governments in EU member states. The campaign aims to put female genital mutilation (FGM) high on the EU agenda and to echo the voices of women who have undergone FGM and those at risk of being subjected to it.
A current priority is a focus on enshrining economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights in law in Ireland. As human beings we are all entitled to live a life of dignity, relative to the society in which we live. By incorporating ESCR into Irish law, the government would be guaranteeing people this dignity through the provision of services that would provide each person with the security at the very least, of a minimum level entitlement to a basic standard of living, that they can claim for themselves.
Our LGBT Discrimination Group focuses its work on engaging with human rights issues which particularly relate to LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) people, in Ireland and around the world. It does so by meeting regularly with members of the LGBT community in Ireland, and utilises a human rights based approach to ending discrimination.
We have Amnesty International groups in hundreds of schools, colleges and universities across Ireland. School and youth groups organise their own campaigns on behalf of prisoners of conscience, and play their part in our global and domestic work.
Reporting to our members
Amnesty International has approximately 13,000 members in Ireland who are entitled to attend and vote at our AGM and elect an Executive Committee who act as the governing body of the organisation.
Download the Annual Report we presented to our members at our March 2012 AGM.
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