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This Constitution was adopted by the company in May 2002. This
2008, November 2009, July 2010 and July 2016.
(Including the Memorandum of Association
Contributions on winding-up
Distribution of assets on winding up
In this memorandum, unless the contrary intention appears:-
“AIA” means the company established by this memorandum and the related articles of association
under the name of Amnesty International Australia;
“the Corporations Act” means the Corporations Act 2001;
“International Council” means the International Council of Amnesty International;
“International Board” means the International Board of Amnesty International;
“member’ means a member of AIA;
“National Board” means the board of directors of AIA, constituted in accordance with the articles of
association of AIA and the Corporations Act;
“property” means real or personal property of any description, and in particular includes any chose in
action, patent, trademark, copyright, registered design and confidential information and any other
“branch” means each body of members grouped in accordance with rule 2.8(a) of AIA’s articles of
The name of the Company is “Amnesty International Australia”.
3.1 AIA is part of the global movement of Amnesty International. The worldwide movement of
Amnesty International - including AIA - is a non-denominational, non-partisan movement,
independent of all governments, political parties and religious institutions.
3.2. AIA is a democratic organisation comprising members and supporters who work to achieve the
objects set out below.
3.3. AIA’s objects are:
(a) To promote, defend and protect the human rights of all people as set out in the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and subsequent United Nations conventions and
declarations based on the UDHR, as well as in regional codes of human rights which
incorporate the rights contained in the UDHR, the provisions to which governments have
(b) To encourage, and raise awareness, that every human being possesses rights based on their
humanity and that respect for human rights improves people’s lives.
(c) To end grave abuses of the human rights of individuals, for example prisoners of
conscience, and groups of people experiencing: injustice; poverty; discrimination; torture;
cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment; executions; and the indiscriminate
killing of civilians.
(d) To help those fleeing persecution and conflict and to defend people from violence from state
and non-state actors.
3.4 To achieve the objects in clause 3.3 above, AIA may:
(a) Conduct investigations and publish well-founded, evidence-based research on human rights
(b) Prepare, publish (in a variety of media) and promote reports and material on human rights
(c) Monitor and publicise violations and abuses of human rights;
(d) Provide education on human rights;
(e) Support, directly or indirectly, individuals and their families whose human rights have been
(g) Work in partnership with other organisations and individuals;
(h) Promote public support for, and advocacy of human rights;
other entities to protect, promote and defend human rights;
(j) Hold to account individuals, governments and non-state actors for violations of human
Provide expertise and technical advice to government and others on human
(m) Promote economic, social and cultural rights as a means of alleviating poverty, which is a
grave violation of human rights;
(n) Seek to eliminate infringements of human rights; and
(o) Support the work of Amnesty International through financial contributions and other means
consistent with being part of the global movement of Amnesty International.
3.5 AIA has the legal capacity and powers of a body corporate and may exercise all powers of a
body corporate granted under law in pursuit of the objects and methods set out in the above
3.6 If at any time the objects or methods of AIA as set out in these clauses become inconsistent
with the objects or methods that are for the time being set out in the Statute of Amnesty
International, the last-mentioned objects or methods shall, to the extent of the inconsistency,
3.7 Only to enable to AIA to carry out its objects in accordance with clause 3, AIA will:
(a) Raise funds and other resources from the public;
(b) Invest money not immediately required for its objects in any investments, securities or
(c) Take all necessary steps to remain an effective and sustainable organisation; and
(d) Adopt any other appropriate methods for securing the objects set out in clause 3.3.
performance in Australia of the functions and activities of Amnesty International and
for ensuring consistent and effective work in order to attain the objects set out in
clause 3 of this memorandum;
International Board, responsible for participating in the consultation and decision-
making processes of Amnesty International and for implementing decisions of the
International Council in so far as those decisions are applicable to AIA;
so far as practicable, is, subject to the decisions of the International Council and the
Government and the respective governments of the States and Territories of Australia,
being matters within the objects set out in clause 3 of this memorandum other than
matters relating to particular human rights violations committed within the jurisdiction
of those governments or any of them;