Amnesty International

We are ordinary people from around the world standing up for humanity and human rights. Our purpose is to protect individuals wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied.

The Knox Academy Amnesty International Youth group meet regularly in order to get involved in campaigns.

We write letters, lobby leaders, make cards, hold assemblies to raise awareness and hold charity events such as Amnesteas to raise money for campaigning.

Each year pupils get involved with the Amnesty International Greetings card campaigns to offer a message of solidarity to those around the world who have had their rights taken away.  It is fantastic when we hear the good news when a prisoner of conscience has been freed.  For example, Jabbar Savalan from Azerbaijan was released after being imprisoned for posting a message on Facebook about the Government and received a Presidential pardon.  Jabbar told Amnesty...

"Amnesty International is a symbol of human rights and freedom, not just in Azerbaijan, but everywhere in the world...We will not be scared off by imprisonment or punishment.  They may arrest us, but they can't break us.  Freedom of speech is our right, as it is the right of everyone."

Pupils below are holding up a sign asking that women in Saudi Arabia have the right to drive a car.

This campaign took place as part of International Women's Day.