Last updated on: 2/22/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"
Reasoning:

“We believe that health care is a right, not a privilege or a commodity.

[E]<veryone in the United States has the human right to health care. Reform measures should ensure that every person has access to comprehensive, quality health care. No one should be discriminated against on the basis of income, health status, gender, race, age, immigration status or other factors…

Health care is a public good, not a commodity. Gaps in the health care system should be eliminated so that all communities, rich and poor, have access to comprehensive, quality treatment and services.”

“Health Care Is a Human Right,” amnestyusa.org (accessed Sep. 23, 2009)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“Founded in London in 1961, Amnesty International is a Nobel Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with over 1.8 million members worldwide. Amnesty International undertakes research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights. Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is the U.S. Section of Amnesty International.”

“About Amnesty International,” amnestyusa.org (accessed Feb. 22, 2010)

Mission:

“We are people from across the world standing up for humanity and human rights. Our purpose is to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. We investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.

With more than 2.2 million supporters, activists and volunteers in over 150 countries, and complete independence from government, corporate or national interests, we work to protect human rights worldwide. Our vision is of a world in which every person – regardless of race, religion, gender, or ethnicity – enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.”

“Out Mission,” amnestyusa.org (accessed Feb. 22, 2010)

Other:
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
Contact Info:
Phone
212-807-8400
Email
Online Contact Form
Website
amnestyusa.org
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?