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About Amnesty

Amnesty International is the largest human rights NGO in the world which has over three million members in 150 countries and regions. It has been widely praised for its accomplishment and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977.

Amnesty was founded by people who got together with a desire to learn and share information on human rights issues and help people suffering from those problems. Amnesty International Japan envisions a world in which every person has his/her human rights defended while not suffering from human rights abuses caused by conflicts, poverty, torture and discrimination.

What is the Amnesty International Japan?

Amnesty international Japan (AI Japan) was founded in 1970 as one of the sections of the largest human rights non-governmental organization in the world. AI Japan endeavors to inform people throughout Japan human rights abuses in the various parts of the world and also to report people both in Japan and overseas human rights conditions in Japan.

Our activity

AI Japan provides people in Japan with press releases, appeal and others on human rights abuses issued by the International Section in London. At the same time we undertake activities to spread in Japan campaigns and actions that Amnesty International carries out in the world.

Unfortunately Japan has yet to prepare the various laws and standards in accordance with the international human rights standards. We encourage the Japanese government to introduce the rules and systems to comply with and enforce the international rules of protecting human rights.

Amnesty International maintains a policy defining the boundaries of the work that AI members and staff can carry out in relation to human rights abuses in their own country (known as the ''Work on own country'' rule). This policy is designed to ensure that we keep ourselves politically neutral in activities that AI sections take and that all people in the movement are safe and secure.

AI Japan therefore may not engage in all issues taking place in Japan but always endeavors to grip the issues of human right abuses in Japan and to share them with the rest of the Amnesty International members to help them take actions on those issues.

Our vision

Amnesty International Japan envisions a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and lives like a human being.

Our mission

We undertake research, educational activities, campaigns and lobbying with the aim of preventing and ending abuses of human rights.

In an effort to ensure that Japanese residents better understand human rights issues, and that the Japanese government observes international human rights standards, Amnesty International Japan, as a part of the international movement, works in three main areas:


To spread an understanding among Japanese residents that their human rights are linked with the human rights of others, even people on the other side of the world;

Extending circles

To help develop and support circles of people throughout the whole country to take concrete actions to end human rights abuses;

Linking people

To ensure that people taking action can readily link up with others, both in Japan and overseas, to encourage and help each other to grow as effective human rights activists.