Presentation on theme: "Amnesty International Greeting Task: Pair share/write down what you already know about Amnesty International."— Presentation transcript:
Amnesty International Greeting Task: Pair share/write down what you already know about Amnesty International
'It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.' Chinese proverb
Key Areas of Amnesty Focus Amnesty International focuses on protecting ALL human beings in line with The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. What are Human Rights? TASK: In 2 minutes jot down as many Human Rights as you can
Universal Declaration of Human Rights PDF link to Human Rights
Amnesty International Monthly Campaigns We have written letters, signed petitions, issued urgent actions, demonstrated outside courtrooms and embassies, launched hard-hitting media campaigns and lobbied officials directly. More recently, we have embraced the opportunities offered by social media and mobile communications. YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Video: You are powerful
Key Areas of Focus.... Arms trade Child soldiers Death penalty Freedom of expression Human rights Modern slavery Poverty and human rights Primary education Prisoners of conscience Refugees and asylum Sexuality rights Torture Traveller, Gypsy and Roma rights Women's rights Worker's rights TeachRights
Does it make a difference? "Phoning the police, faxing a protest, signing a postcard - all these things make a difference because they send a clear message... I believe that the phone calls to the police in Zimbabwe during my arrest saved me from torture and rape..." Jenni Williams, WOZA "My father, Fela Kuti, was released from prison in 1986 after Amnesty International took him on as a prisoner of conscience. So I am one of the thousands of people whose life has been directly affected by Amnesty's work." Femi Kuti "I owe my life to Amnesty International... Now I am dedicating that life to campaigning against the death penalty and raising awareness about human rights." Hafez Ibrahim
What is Write for Rights? Once a year, Amnesty International asks supporters to send greetings cards with messages of support to people all around the world who have suffered human rights abuses. A card or a letter with a friendly message can give someone hope and make them feel less alone. Many letters arriving at once can also make governments and people pay attention to people being treated unfairly. That is why every card or letter you send is important. Governments have the power to help the people you’ll read about in this booklet – so let’s ask them to do something.
“How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~Anne Frank Letters Video
Guidelines for Writing GUIDELINES There are TWO things YOU can do…. 1.Send a friendly solidarity message (card or creative action) 2.Write an appeal to a government. Please follow the suggestions given with each case. You can put your name and school’s address on the letter/card. Countesthorpe College, Winchester Road, Leicestershire, LE8 5PR, UK.
Amnestea Tuesday 20 th December in 16+ Open Area Come along, donate and support. Organise a tutor group BAKE OFF and raise money for Amnesty! Donate or ask a business to donate cake, sweets, tea, coffee etc.
Enrichment Opportunity Amnesty International Want to add more to your university application form or CV? Want to develop your team work and communication skills? Want to campaign for social change? Want to protect Human Rights? Want to make a difference to the world we live in? If you answered yes to any of the above, please attend an Amnesty International Meeting on Wednesday 18 th January 1.15-1.45pm in HU6.. Any queries please see/email Bally Lail or Jenny Osborne in Humanities www.amnesty.org.uk