Amnesty International is a worldwide voluntary movement that works to prevent some of the gravest violations by governments of people’s fundamental human rights.

The main focus of its campaigning is to:

– free all prisoners of conscience. These are people detained anywhere for their beliefs or because of their ethnic origin, sex, colour or language – who have not used or advocated violence;

– ensure fair and prompt trials for political prisoners;

– abolish the death penalty, torture and other cruel treatment of prisoners;

– end extrajudicial executions and disappearances”.

Amnesty International also opposes abuses by opposition groups: hostage-taking