Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by Amnesty International UK


  This submission has been prepared and submitted by the United Kingdom section of Amnesty International. Amnesty International has over 147,000 members in the United Kingdom and more than a million members worldwide.

  The organisation works to promote the rights contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It campaigns throughout the world to:

    —  free all prisoners of conscience;

    —  ensure prompt and fair trials for political prisoners;

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

    —  end extrajudicial executions; and

    —  stop abuses by armed opposition groups.

  Amnesty International UK seeks to inform the UK Government and Parliament on human rights issues and monitors the development and execution of UK external relations policies.

  Amnesty International is independent of any government, political persuasion or religious creed. It does not support or oppose any government or political system. It does not support or oppose the views of the victims whose rights it seeks to protect.

  The organisation welcomes any opportunity to further the work of parliamentary select committees with written and oral evidence on any subject that falls within its mandate and expertise.

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