Amnesty International USA
A favorite of Red Room author Melissa Bank.
Year founded: 1962
Executive Director: Larry Cox
Mission: AIUSA, Amnesty International USA,identifies and takes action to prevent or halt human rights violations worldwide as part of the Amnesty International network; it focuses on violations perpetrated by the United States government or by individuals and organizations subject to its jurisdiction.
- Registered more than three hundred fifty thousand members
- Secured ten percent of Amazon.com purchases made through AIUSA's website
- Held a rally in 2007 where dozens called for the release of Dr. Haleh Esfandiari, an American citizen and activist imprisoned by the Iranian government but later freed
- Produced an annual Write-a-Thon, in which thousands wrote letters protesting the rights violations of prisoners of conscience, students, human rights defenders, and death row inmates from such diverse countries as Eritrea, Honduras, Myanmar, and the United States
Profile: AIUSA shares the larger organization's mission to ensure that all people share the rights promised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ratified by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. The organization campaigns strongly against torture and prisoner abuse. It has opposed restrictions of human rights as part of the War On Terror, and it does not believe that any torture or inhuman treatment is justified by that campaign.
The organization actively seeks to stop violence againast women as part of an international effort to see full human rights for everyone. In accordance with the policy of the international organization, AIUSA also strongly opposes the use of the death penalty in the United States, calling for its worldwide abolition, particularly in the United States, China, Iran, and Vietnam, four countries that make up the overwhelming majority of executions in the world.
AIUSA encourages everyone to act locally to promote human rights in their own communities, and to visit its website's What You Can Do pageto join, donate, or volunteer.
–Huntington W. Sharp, Editor, Red Room
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