In Amnesty International Philippines, we engage and work with a diverse network of partners and coalitions in our human rights work: school administrations and school-based organizations, youth groups, civil society organizations, government institutions, companies, and professional organizations such as lawyers’ and medical associations, solidarity and pressure groups, academic institutions open to human rights work, religious-based organizations, funding NGOs, developmental NGOs and people’s organizations, trade unions, environmental groups, women’s groups, humanitarian and peace groups, and NGO networks as well as the wide range of groups and organizations covering civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.
We engage with partners on:
● Human rights education (HRE);
● Human rights awareness campaigns and workshops on human rights issues;
● Campaign and advocacy for ratification of international instruments and legislative reform;
● Revision of education/ training curriculum to introduce human rights; and
● Access to information about human rights violations and abuses from research and documentation
Our Partnership Principles:
Guided by Amnesty International’s Statute. Amnesty International is impartial and independent of any government, political ideology, company or religious belief, and we ensure that our partnership and networking activities respects and protects this. Our mission, independence and credibility should not be compromised.
Shared vision of human rights work. A successful partnership and networking values shared vision of human rights work and impact and seeks to engage as many supporters as possible. We are at our most powerful when we stand together for human rights. Our supporters enable our human rights work, and we value and respect them for their contributions and the positive human rights change they make happen.
Mutual Respect. It is critical that we behave with integrity and responsibility with our partnership and networking activities. Although our partners, networks, and supporters may share our values, they may not agree with everything we say or do. The right of each partner and network to determine their own institutional identity, directions and priorities should be respected. We recognize that our stance as critical collaborators may work or not depending on the issue. We respond to questions and feedback from partners and networks promptly and will fully consider the points of view expressed.
Transparency. We are accountable to those who work with us and to the people and communities we work for. We highly value the importance of collaborative analysis and external validation in how we do our work. We communicate with our partners and networks in a timely and appropriate manner, transparent in costs associated with partnership (if it includes fundraising) and update them about the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) of the engagement.
Equal partnership. We treat institutions and individuals equally and inclusively. This emphasis creates an environment in which us and our partners and networks are open to learning with and from each other, opening up learning possibilities and opportunities. It also includes active participation and decision-making, mutual exchange and information-sharing, freedom to express needs in a spirit of mutual confidence, discussion and agreement before any policy is defined or any decisions are taken concerning the partnership, and regular evaluation of activities related with the participation of all actors at all levels of the partnership.