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Amnesty International

As you point out, Amnesty International, from its own viewpoint, is a non-political organization; however, its definition of “politics” is different from that used in the context of Bahá’í teachings. In addition, Amnesty International states that it is opposed to the death penalty in all cases and without reservation, while the law of Bahá’u’lláh expressed in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas is that the death penalty is applicable for murder and arson under certain circumstances.
(Universal House of Justice to an individual, 14 Feb, 1993)


Even though it is not appropriate for Bahá’ís to become members of Amnesty International, its humanitarian aspects make it possible for Bahá’ís to have friendly relationships with the organization. Thus, Bahá’ís are encouraged to feel free to collaborate as individuals in certain Amnesty International’s projects, while retaining the right to abstain from participation in actions which could conflict with Bahá’í principles.
(Universal House of Justice to an individual, 14 Feb, 1993)


There is no question as to the merits and great services rendered by Amnesty International, nor of the parallels between a number of its goals and those of the Bahá’í Faith. However, problems could arise if you, as a member of the organization, were called upon to undertake actions which would be politically hazardous to Bahá’ís residing in other lands, or which conflict with Bahá’í principles.
(Universal House of Justice to an individual, 14 Feb, 1993)