Amnesty International is a global charity which aims to stop human rights abuse across the world. They currently have more than 2.2 million members in over 150 countries, who all believe that every person on the planet should have their fundamental human rights upheld.
Amnesty International campaign on a range of different issues, including:
The regulation of the global arms trade
An end to capital punishment
Rights for refugees
Equal rights for the poor
And the release of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience
Amnesty have a dedicated group of people who raise money and awareness through various different sources including the news media and the internet, as well as, the publication of magazines and newsletters. Its members also write to influential leaders all over the world on issues affecting their countries. They also send letters and cards to people imprisoned and in need in order to show support and solidarity to them.
At any one time, Amnesty are running a huge amount of campaigns. This is not surprising, as there is still a huge amount of injustice in the world today and millions of people are being hurt, abused and even murdered daily. Here are just some of the campaigns Amnesty is currently involved in:
Control of arms. Amnesty believe that there are at least 640 million arms in existence in the world today. As a result thousands of people are raped, tortured and killed every year. This is why Amnesty has joined with other leading charities to campaign for stricter weapons controls. They have formed an organisation called International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA). They aim to set up an international arms trade treaty which is legally binding and will bring people who abuse the system to justice. Since its formation in 2003, more than 1 million people have shown their support for setting up the treaty.
For more information on the campaign visit: www.controlarms.org
An end to violence against women. Violence against women is considerably more prominent than violence against men. This is because many men still see women as objects to be used and controlled. Violence against women is not confined to war zones and third world countries, it can happen anywhere at any time, domestic violence is a huge problem worldwide. Amnesty International presses governments to put existing laws regarding rape and sexual violence in to action, as many countries are woefully poor at doing so. They also want to see an end to existing laws which actively discriminate against women. They wish to see women all over the world empowered, safe and equal.
Stop the death penalty. Amnesty and its supporters believe that the death penalty is a barbaric act and should be stopped immediately. As you read this, thousands of people are waiting to be put to death in the most undignified of ways. They believe that it violates the ultimate human right, the right to life and calls for all governments to stop this practice without haste.
Ways to help. There are many ways you can support Amnesty International. Here are a few:
1.Join Amnesty International
3.Organize fundraising events
If you would like to learn more about Amnesty International, please visit their website:
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