Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. We work with and for each other to defend human rights.
Our vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.
We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion and are funded mainly by our membership and public donations.
Amnesty International Korea was founded in 1972 – the year that dictator Park, Chunghee declared the Yushin Constitution(1). Amnesty International and its members started a human rights movement under this constitution.
We have campaigned for prisoners of conscience, abolition of death penalty, freedom of expression, foreign migrants and refugees, arms control, and dignity focusing on human rights and poverty with 15,000 members.
We provide education programs to the Korean public to raise awareness of human rights, work with the local media to expose human rights abuses across the world and recruit members to strengthen the human rights movement in Korea.
Amnesty International Korea is working to protect human rights worldwide, focusing on arms control and security with human rights, forced eviction in Asia, freedom of expression, exploited migrants in Asia, and abolition of death penalty in Asia, particularly in South Korea
Until every person can enjoy all of their rights, our candle of hope will continue to burn.
(1) The term Yushin in Korean literally means “rejuvenation” or “renewal”, but the Yushin Constitution permitted reelection of the president for unlimited number of times and established a draconian dictatorship in South Korea.