Amnesty International is a worldwide human rights organization independent of all governments, ideologies and other influences working for:
- The release of
prisoners of conscience - those people imprisoned and tortured for their beliefs,
color, sex, ethnic origin, language or religion, providing they have never used
or advocated violence;
- Fair and prompt
trials for political prisoners;
- An end to torture and executions in all cases.
The Southwestern chapter of Amnesty International writes letters on behalf of prisoners of conscience and presents speakers to discuss human rights topics. The group also holds discussion groups and other activities to educate the Southwestern community about issues central to the furtherance of human rights.