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DecisionDecision-Making and Resolutions in AIUSA

Amnesty International is a grassroots, human rights organization in which the work done by AI activists is, in part, determined through AI’s decision-making process. For example, our work on LGBT human rights and HIV/AIDS started with a resolution. What’s a resolution? A statement directing a change in AI that can’t be accomplished by just asking a staff member or volunteer leader. The change can be as simple as clarifying current procedures or as complex as requesting a change in AI’s mission. How the process works: Resolutions start at a regional conference. To the left is a handy chart to show how conference decisions advance. Making Decisions at the conference: The decision-making sessions at each regional conference and the AGM: the Working Parties and the Voting Plenary

The Working Parties o The first decision-making sessions o The resolutions are divided, 2-3 separate Working Parties o Members debate, amend and vote on resolutions o The best place to amend a resolution

The Voting Plenary o Agenda consists of all resolutions passed by Working Parties o This is the last place to amend a resolution at the conference o Passed resolutions become decisions of the conference

To Learn More about Resolutions: e-mail: The deadline to submit a resolution is September 1st (extension to September 15th for students) each year. The submission form is posted on the AIUSA website.

Intro to AIUSA Decision Making  

An introduction to AIUSA Decision Making