McGovern v Attorney-General [1982]

Trust set up by Amnesty International for those of its
purposes it felt were charitable, such as:
– securing the release of prisoners of conscience
– procuring the abolition of torture, etc.
Slade J in Divisional court held that trust not
charitable as main purpose was political.
Object is to change foreign laws, yet court has little
means of judging whether change would be of benefit to local inhabitants.
Also substantial risk that such activity by UK charity
would prejudice UK’s foreign relations.
Therefore trusts whose purpose was to change law /
government policy in UK / abroad were not charitable.
[How can we give charitable status to the R Catholic
Church but not to Amnesty?]