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Joshua Rosenzweig is an American researcher and analyst focused on history, politics, human rights, and criminal justice in China. From 2016 to 2021, he worked at Amnesty International’s regional office in Hong Kong, during which time he directed the organization’s work on China. He is co-editor (with Sarah Biddulph) of Handbook on Human Rights in China (Edward Elgar, 2019).Éric Sautedé: Amnesty International is an international advocacy organisation. How is it structured/organised?Joshua Rosenzweig: Amnesty International thinks of itself as a movement built from the bottom up. It has national membership entities (“sections”) throughout the world that carry out much of the organisation’s grassroots campaigning, national-level advocacy, and fundraising. Sections also play a major role in deciding Amnesty International’s policies and overall strategy. Sections also contribute funds to support the work of the International Secretariat, where the bulk of Amnesty International’s research and related campaign activities and advocacy recommendations are developed. Perhaps the best way to characterise the complex relationship between the sections and the Secretariat is to say that it is symbiotic. Sections count on the Secretariat to expose and raise awareness about human rights violations in all corners of the world, and the Secretariat relies upon the mobilising power of sections to turn that awareness into concrete actions aimed at changing things. This sort of structure can also produce tensions between sections and the Secretariat over degrees of autonomy, as well as between larger and smaller sections over representation in decision-making…

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