Founded in London in 1961, Amnesty International is an international non-governmental organization focused on human rights. They work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.
The stated mission of the organization is to campaign for "a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments."
Amnesty draws attention to human rights abuses and it campaigns for compliance with international laws and standards. It works to mobilize public opinion to generate pressure on governments where abuse takes place.
The organization was awarded the 1977 Nobel Peace Prize for its "Defence of human dignity against torture,"