Amnesty International Looking For Volunteers Amnesty International is an organization of people from many countries and cultures who agree that all human beings, regardless of their political or religious persuasions, are persons of worth who deserve the basic human rights inherent in being a human being. As an organization, AI impartially investigates reports of human rights abuses in any country where such oppression is alleged to being taking place, and encourages its members and other like-minded individuals and organizations to lobby those in power to abide by universally recognized standards of behavior.
There are two chapters in Tsukuba, one a Japanese speaking group, and the other an English speaking chapter. The English speaking group meets monthly, usually on the third Friday evening of the month at the Tsukuba Christian Center. This month's meeting, however, will be on Friday, June 28, at 8 pm. The purpose of these meetings is to learn about the human rights situation in whichever country we're focusing on and to plan a strategy of response, usually taking the form of writing letters to specific individuals who can do something about the abuses. Presently, we are focusing on Sudan, a country torn by ethnic violence.
Being impartial, AI addresses violations by both the government forces and the guerilla resistance forces. We often hear reports of unjustly held prisoners we have campaigned for being released or their torture being ended, etc. How much effect each specific letter has had, of course, cannot be determined, but the overall effect of the letter writing campaigns from thousands of AI supporters around the world definitely has resulted in the lessening of human rights abuses in many areas of the world. Anyone interested in learning more about Amnesty International and perhaps contributing in their own way to the work of this fine organization are invited to attend.
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