With a new academic year comes new experiences, and for me, it came in the form of Amnesty.
Amnesty International is a charity, dedicated to the protection and release of people all over the world who have been unjustly imprisoned, abused or silenced because of their beliefs. It is non governmental, so it cannot be swayed or corrupted by specific political views: this is all to the good, as it allows Amnesty to remain dedicated to helping anyone and everyone. Amnesty always tries to uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: this was a document that, for the first time, set out universal human rights for all people, wherever they are and whichever culture they belong to.
So, what do we do to help?
Every Wednesday afternoon, the Fakenham Amnesty International Youth Group meet up to discuss the problems faced by people being oppressed and mistreated, from the UK to the other side of the world. We read and research the individual cases we have a personal interest in and this can be anything from LGBTQ+ rights to political views. Writing letters is an effective way to spread our support and our message to the leaders of the world. By writing letters, we can communicate with people who are directly affected by persecution, and also persuade world leaders to do something about it. The more letters that are written, the more powerful our voices become. We also hope to do some fundraising events in the future, so watch this space!
If you want to come and join us, to show your support and make a real difference to people’s lives, come along to S02 on a Wednesday afternoon. (We have stickers!).
By Lizzie Pollicott-Reid