Our purpose is to take action and stop grave abuses of our rights to physical and mental integrity; freedom of conscience, expression and discrimination by promoting awareness, coordinating events and engaging in fundraising activities on campus.

We provide a space for all those who want to promote human rights, and engage and empower those whose rights are unfulfilled.

It is our hope to raise awareness in the York University community on human rights issues so that others may be inspired to take action.


Amnesty International is a self-governing worldwide movement of people dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights. Founded in London in 1961, Amnesty International has the third longest history in the field of international human rights organizations, along with a substantially large member base of 7 million supporters worldwide.

Members’ activism around the world is organized and channeled through national sections, international networks and affiliated networks. Supporters and staff mobilize persistent public pressure on governments, armed political groups, companies and others to prevent and stop these violations.

We campaign to bring justice and dignity to every person, free prisoners of conscience, ensure fair trials, protect refugees, abolish death penalty, curtail “disappearances” and torture, among other initiatives.

We are independent of all governments, political persuasions and religious creeds. The charter is financed by our members and donors, and no funds are sought or accepted from governments.