Readers of "Genocide in the Horn of Africa" {op-ed, July 1}, may have mistakenly understood that the article represented the views of Amnesty International. It does not. While Amnesty International does indeed have very serious concerns about extensive human rights violations in Ethiopia, Somalia and the Sudan, this article does not reflect them, nor was Amnesty International involved in its formulation or writing.

As a matter of policy, Amnesty International does not call for sanctions based on a government's human rights record nor does it support or oppose such a call. We do not compare violations of one government with another, or take a position on systems of government, nor could we be arbiters of genocide. Rather, we focus on the victims of human rights abuses.

The human rights movement is growing on every continent precisely because people want to join a non-partisan struggle for human rights that focuses on those who suffer. Amnesty International does not advocate that debate on broader political issues should be limited. On the contrary, we are here to protect those who speak out from falling prey to their governments, and we will not compromise our credibility or impartiality in the pursuit of that goal. JOHN G. HEALEY Executive Director Amnesty International USA Washington