Amnesty Amherst is one of Amnesty International's many chapters across the United States. Our chapter, group A1-128, and is part of more than 3 million supporters, activists, and volunteers in over 150 countries who are completely independent from government, corporate and national interests, and who work to protect human rights worldwide. Amnesty International envisions a world in which every person--regardless of race, religion, gender, or ethnicity--enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. Amnesty Amherst was founded in 1978, and is one of many local Amnesty International chapters fighting to protect human rights and promote social justice for all.
Visit our blog to learn more about Amnesty Amherst and our current campaigns.
Amnesty Amherst at Local Farmers' Market
Amnesty Amherst End Torture Campaign
Amnesty Amherst at Local Farmers' Market with Senator Rosenberg and State Representative Ellen Story
Stop Torture Campaign during Torture Awareness Month
Our Latest News
Guest Speaker Rep. Jim McGovern to mark Human Rights Day on Dec. 10
It is particularly fitting that U.S. Representative James “Jim” McGovern, long-time advocate for human rights around the globe, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Human Rights Day anniversary. The celebration and talk by Rep. McGovern will take place on Sunday, December 10th from 1:30 to 3:30 pm in the Jones Library’s Woodbury Room in Amherst. It is free and open to the public.
Fighting to End Capital Punishment
Our chapter stands with Amnesty International's belief that the death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights. Amnesty Amherst is campaining alonside the rest of Amnesty International to end capital punishment within the U.S.
Down with Drones
Our chapter is deeply concerned that the Obama Adiministration's use of lethal drones violates international law and the human right to life.