This is the seventh edition of the Amnesty International Handbook. It is a basic reference manual for Amnesty International (AI) members.
While new AI members should not feel obliged to read and to immediately digest all the detailed information in this handbook, members are expected to be generally familiar with the background, policies, and rules that are explained in it.
Every active member of AI should have regular access to a copy of this manual.
Please copy this book
Many parts of this handbook are organized into self-contained units that are designed to encourage copying and widespread use by AI members in their continuing activities.
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AI is a constantly changing movement. Its diversity and its flexibility help to make the organization strong and effective. Therefore this handbook can never be a definitive document.
To find out about any current policy or to obtain advice on particular problems, consult the appropriate body in the organization. In the absence of specific instructions, direct your question in this way:
This handbook uses plain language to explain AI's position on human rights questions and how it works to correct these problems. It does not replace the organization's formal policy documents or the texts of its official decisions. To obtain these documents and texts, consult the Amnesty International Policy Manual or your section office.
The handbook has been prepared by the movement's International Secretariat with the help of the English-speaking branch of the Canadian Section. It is available in various languages and local editions. You can obtain copies from the International Secretariat or from your section office.