Advocates Code of Conduct


Code of Conduct for Online Communities’ Volunteers

As an Online Community Volunteer you will often post to other websites, blogs, forums and other virtual spaces. This is a highly valuable and visible volunteer position.

As an individual, we support your freedom of speech and freedom to hold your opinions. However, as a volunteer and ambassador of the Online Communities for International Members and e-activists, we have provided the following guidelines for appropriate behaviour while volunteering in this position.

Any contributions by an Online Community Volunteer must:

  • be accurate (where they state facts)
  • be genuinely held (where they state opinions)
  • be in solidarity with the policies and human rights agenda of Amnesty International
  • comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted

In addition:

  • When using the debate area of the sites please do not provide personal details, either your own or those of someone else.
  • Do not endanger yourself or others.
  • Assume that what you publish on the web is permanent. Anyone on the internet can easily print out a submission or save it to a computer.
  • Participants should treat each other with respect, recognising their right to freedom of opinion and expression.

Any contributions by an Online Community Volunteer must NOT:

  • be defamatory (a defamatory comment is one that may damage the reputation of a person or organisation);
  • be in contempt of Court (for example, your contribution must not contain anything that risks prejudicing current or forthcoming Court proceedings);
  • be threatening, abusive, harassing or invasive of a person’s privacy;
  • be sexist, racist, profane, blasphemous, homophobic or otherwise discriminatory and/or offensive;
  • promote violence or advocate, condone or assist any unlawful act;
  • describe violent intentions towards other people or organisations;
  • be pornographic, sexually explicit, obscene or lewd;
  • be used to impersonate any person or to misrepresent your identity;
  • infringe any copyright, database right, trade mark or any other intellectual property, confidentiality or privacy rights of any person or organisation or otherwise violate any law