Amnesty International

Published April 30, 2012 by Emily Chocolate

About Amnesty International

  • Amnesty international is a non-governmental organisation with 2.8 million members around the world.
  • Its membership includes 600 school youth groups, 100 university student groups and 280 local groups across the UK.
  • Amnesty International campaigns to bring about change on a range of human rights issues.
  • It is independent of any government.

Who are they?

  • Amnesty International      believes that everyone has certain rights just because  we are all human. It campaigns to make      sure that people’s rights are not abused, and if they are abused, to make      sure something is done about it
  • Amnesty believes that:      together, We are powerful.

The Declaration of Human Rights

  • There is an amazing agreement      between different countries of the world. It is called the Universal      Declarations of Human Rights and was written after the horrors of World      War 2.
  • The aim of this declaration      is to ensure that all people, whatever their race, religion, gender or any      other difference, live in freedom and dignity.
  • The declaration aims to      protect people from torture, abuse and injustice by establishing basic      rights.

Human rights abuse is rife!!!

  • Unfortunately, human rights      abuse is rife. Thousands of people across the world are denied a fair      trial and many are imprisoned purely because of what they think or      believe.
  • The death penalty is still      used for some crimes in more than 60 countries.
  • Civilians are still targeted      in times of war: children are forced to become soldiers and women and      girls are raped.
  • Torture still happens in more      than 100 countries. Millions of people still live in poverty on less than      1 dollar a day.

Poverty and Human Rights

  • Poverty and Human Rights
  • Illegal imprisonment and      torture
  • Campaigning for human rights

How can you get involved?

  • There are lots of ways that      we can all get involved with Amnesty.
  • You can take action either as an individual or as part of a group.
  • Amnesty youth and student      groups take part in campaigns by:
    • Organising a wider variety       of creative and fun awareness- rasing events
    • Organising a demonstration       as in the photo
    • Fundraising
    • Writing letters to       government officials
    • Sending messages of support       to people whose rights are being abused
    • Running school assemblies
    • Making films
    • Getting local press       coverage.
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