Amnesty International

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Amnesty International in Defense of the Rights of All Human Beings The Name, the background, and the Mission of the Organization There are many non-governmental organizations around the world that are fighting on behalf of human rights; however, one non-governmental organization that has singled itself out to deal with human rights issues is Amnesty International. The reason I have chosen this organization is because its operations and activities are found in many, if not in all countries of the world. Founded in 1961 by the British lawyer Peter Benenson in London, the organization has grown to over 7 million volunteers who take injustice personally. (Amnesty International, n.d). Undoubtedly, there have been many problems…show more content…
In other words, it is an organization that has no political, economic, and religious affiliation and operates independently from any government institution. (Amnesty International, n.d) A look at its website indicates that amnesty International is strategically located and operates in over 150 countries and regions of the world. Similarly, Amnesty International has offices and presence in almost all continents. One fundamental fact about Amnesty International is that its staffs are a group of volunteers dedicated to a common goal of eradicating human rights abuses around the world. This group of volunteer workers is supporters and members in their respective capacity. Their main objective is clear and simple; to enforce crusades against the abuse of human rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been the organization’s focus and a reference point and many countries who are in favor of human rights of its citizens have appended their signature to this declaration. Amnesty International, above all, is also concerned with many other human rights values of member and non-member countries of the world. Issues like human trafficking, slave labor, Female Genital mutilation (FGM), and child marriage. The organization is working to end all these practices. Although Amnesty International does not directly run a campaign on these issues, but the organization lends its voice to various Human…show more content…
As important and powerful as Amnesty International, the organization is confronted with enormous challenges and one of such apparent challenges the organization is confronted with is that of financial resources. Because the organization is non-governmental, all its financial resources come from freewill donations, and therefore, the organization is always faced with insufficient funds to implement its work to the maximum. Secondly, due to the nature of the work of Amnesty International, some of its volunteer staffs or workers come under intense threats of armed militia who oppose the work of the organization. Moreover, some hostile governments target some of Amnesty International workers and they even detained and tortured them for speaking against their practices. This is a massive challenge for the organization. The recent detention and expulsion of Amnesty International staff in Morocco attest to the challenges confronting this noble organization. (Amnesty International,

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