International Board

The International Board consists of nine people, each of whom is a member of Amnesty International. They are elected to office by the biennial International Council Meeting (ICM).

The International Board members’ four-year terms are staggered, with half the members up for re-election at each ICM. Each member is eligible for re-election for a maximum of two consecutive terms.

The International Board may not include more than one member from any Amnesty International national body or more than one member of Amnesty International from any country, state or territory in which no Amnesty International body exists.

The International Board meets at least two times during any one year and in practice meets at least four times a year.

The International Board's role is to provide guidance and leadership for the Amnesty International movement worldwide. Its chief functions are set down by the statute and include to:
  • ensure the movement’s compliance with Amnesty International's statute
  • ensure implementation of Amnesty International's Integrated Strategic Plan
  • ensure the sound financial management of Amnesty International at the international level
  • provide consent for the establishment of sections, structures and other bodies of Amnesty International
  • hold sections, structures and other bodies of Amnesty International accountable for their functioning by presenting reports to the International Council Meeting
  • take international decisions on behalf of Amnesty International
  • ensure human resources development
The International Board also appoints and directs Amnesty International's Secretary General who, in turn, is responsible for the day-to-day conduct of the international movement, acting as the movement’s chief spokesperson, its chief political advisor and as the chief executive officer of the International Secretariat.

The International Board issues the wider Amnesty International movement with regular reports on its priorities, deliberations and decisions and includes financial reports and budget statements.

The International Board is accountable to the International Council. At each International Council Meeting, the International Board provides detailed accounts of the work it has undertaken and makes recommendations to the Council on matters affecting our future direction.

Contact the International Board: internationalboard@amnesty.org

Current members of the International Board:

Good news

Political prisoner release should prompt continued pressure on Myanmar

14 October 2011

Three prisoners of conscience for whom Amnesty International has campaigned for years have been released.

Ugandan gay rights activist wins top human rights award

13 October 2011

Ugandan LGBT activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has been awarded the 2011 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.

Syrian woman activist wins human rights award

7 October 2011

Razan Zaitouneh, who was forced into hiding after defying the Syrian authorities' crackdown on dissent, has won the 2011 Anna Politkovskaya Award.