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
- 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.