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Amnesty International publications and reports

Identifier: COU:46

Scope and Content

The Amnesty International publications and reports in this collection are arranged in four sections, the first being titled “General A.I. Manuals, etc.” containing documents handbooks, manuals and other general materials for A.I, ordered alphabetically. The second section is labeled “Countries - Publications and Reports” – containing reports from different countries on various topics concerning Amnesty International’s interest which is ordered alphabetically first by continent and then by country within that continent. The third section is “Topics” which contains general topics concerning A.I.’s interests such as torture or other crimes against human rights which is also arranged alphabetically. The Fourth section is a list of all the public information publications which are listed by year from 1991-1999.


  • 1977-1999

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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The University Libraries do not own the copyright to this collection. Researchers are responsible for contacting the copyright holder(s) for this material and obtaining permission to publish or broadcast. The University Libraries will not grant permission to publish or broadcast this material and are not responsible for copyright violations resulting from such use.


Amnesty International was founded in 1961 by Peter Benenson, a lawyer from the United Kingdom. Benenson originally planned to start an appeal in Britain aimed at freeing all prisoners of conscience from around the world. As the committee, aimed towards this goal, started their work, they realized that detailed documentation of prisoners of conscience from around the world would be required in order to launch such an appeal. As more and more cases of prisoners of conscience kept coming up they realized that they would need to have to carry out their work on a more permanent basis. They needed sites from which their members could work from around the world to address the enormous number of prisoners of conscience who were imprisoned in all parts of the world.

In 1963, two years after being founded by Peter Benenson, it comprised more than 1000 voluntary groups in 28 countries, and it continued to grow until, in 2008, it has expanded to include 52 “sections.” These national AI sections remain essentially their own organizations with large followings and boards of directors, including Amnesty International USA, and “structures” which are generally smaller but are constituent parts of the organized Amnesty International entity. There are also “international members” from countries with no affiliated section or structure, “international networks” which have specific identities, and “affiliated groups” which do the same work as sections but work apart from A.I. (1) These groups are all recognized at the International Council, led by the International Executive Committee, which meets biannually.

Today Amnesty International touches almost every part of the world and works for the protection of human rights and justice for those who have been victimized and those who have abused these rights. The organization is non-governmental and keeps itself separate from all other organizations, political parties, and religious entities.

One aspect of the over-all activities of AI is the publication of human rights reports on countries throughout the world. These “country” reports are disseminated through their national sections in several languages. AI also provides reports on specific abuse topics, such as the torture, sexual abuse, and child abuse of prisoners.

(1) Nobel Lectures, Peace 1971-1980, Editor-in-Charge Tore Frängsmyr, Editor Irwin Abrams, World Scientific Publishing Co., Singapore, 1997.


21 linear feet (40 boxes)

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This collection includes publications of various topics and records concerning human rights abuses involved in various countries, that have been found and recorded by Amnesty International, a non-governmental organization. This collection also holds manuals and handbooks about Amnesty International.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Amnesty International, USA - Northeast Regional Office, July 12, 1994 & June 19, 1997

Guide to the Amnesty International Publications and Reports, (1977-1999)
Preliminary Inventory by Harvey N. Gardiner, August 15, 1994; Edited by Genesis Machek, March 4, 2009
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Finding aid is in English

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